The best things about my work: Sharing my passion for Paris with the Paris lovers from all over the world and also always learning ,about Paris , History of France or art History .
My idea of perfect happiness: Being in a café in Paris and reading a good book .
Happiness is accessible to anyone!
My greatest fear: To develop an allergy to the croissants
What is the treat I most deplore in myself: I have no sense of orientation which is not a great quality for a tour guide. Sometimes I pretend I’m a tourist and I ask my directions to other tourists. Shame on me !
My greatest extravaganza: When I’m tired of this modern world I pretend I’m Kiki de Montparnasse ( check on Wikipedia if you don’t know who she is ) and I go for a hot chocolate at the mythical Café “la Rotonde”( in Montparnasse ) I put music of the roaring twenties in my ears and I wait for my lover ,Man Ray . It’s “midnight in Paris “but for real !
For what would I lie: I would lie if someone was asking me my weight.
A Parisian woman never tells her real weight.
My role models: I have many role models but one of my favorite is Christine de Pisan the first feminist in the world :she was a widow at 25 years old ,2 kids and no momey .And she did succeed in life without men …not so bad for a XIV th century woman .
What I I dislike in my work: Being a tour guide in the cold or in the rain …
I’m not a spring chicken ….
The greatest achievement in my work: After being an attorney at law for 25 years I decided I wanted to be a tour guide in Paris. So I came back at school at 50 years old , and I’m studing to get the licence to be a qualified guide ( and being allowed to guide in Versailles and museums …no more cold for the not spring chicken !)
My most inspirational location in my city: Le palais royal because many things happened there: sex,crime and revolution.
My favorite place to eat and drink in my city: To eat :Le Panisse just in front of Notre -Dame it’s a mixture of friendly tourists and Parisians ,waiters are friendly too and food is good and not too expensive . To drink :if I have money “Le Café de Flore ,” in St Germain des prés the house of Sartre and Beauvoir and the Surrealists .ok the price of a coffee is a bit surrealistic too but it’s a mythical place for any writer who needs inspiration
My favorite fan: Gustav ,my Swedish friend ,he believes in me more than myself .
Whom I would like to work in the future: An anglophone radio or TV anywhere in the world to talk about the fabulous life of a native Parisian in Paris (me…)
What project in the nearby future I’m looking forward : I’m writing a book about my great Parisian role models :
George Sand for her sense of freedom
Coco Chanel for her sense of style
Diane de Poitiers for her sense of glamour :she was the favorite of the seductive Henri the second and she was 20 years older than him
How you can contact me ? edithsparis.com