“For something a little different, part-sideshow, part-carnival wonder, Musée des Arts Forains houses
an incredible array of gone-but-not-forgotten theatre, fairground and music hall artefacts…”
What’s your connection to Paris?
My love affair with Paris began on a school trip
many years ago. I was far too young to really
appreciate the city at the time, but knew it was
a city I would visit again. Studying art history in
college gave me a wonderful excuse to visit The
Louvre on many occasions and now, while studying
wine, what better city to enjoy a glass? I’ve been
back twice this year already and am currently
wondering how I can manage to return.
What inspires you about the city?
It’s like no other city in Europe. Paris is romantic,
cultured, stylish and vibrant. On every corner there
is something beautiful to see.Whether that is a
café serving fresh coffee, an historical monument,
a beautiful public park or the incredible array of
art and sculpture you can immerse yourself in
throughout the city. The city doesn’t sleep when
the sun goes down, either. By night, the Eiffel
Tower sparkles and the city transforms into an
illuminated playground for night owls.
How would you spend an ideal day there?
I’d start with coffee and a croissant at one of the
many wonderful cafés. After that, I would while
away a couple of hours marvelling at the collection
in Musée Marmottan Monet. For lunch I would
head to Le Grand Colbert (rue Vivienne), followed
by a stroll along the banks of the River Seine,
which in summer has man-made beaches called
the Paris Plage. For a pre-dinner cocktail it has to
be The Little Red Door (rue Charlot), where you
choose your cocktail based on an artist’s sketch,
rather than the more traditional written menu. To
wrap up the evening, I’d head to Le Louchebem
(rue Berger), the renowned rotisserie, for dinner.
Tell us about Eat Drink Run Fun – what is
it and how did you get started with it?
It’s what I like to call my diary of life’s little
Writer, Eat Drink Run Fun
adventures. I had been studying for eight years in
a row part time while working full time and was
academically exhausted. Eat Drink Run Fun was
the creative outlet I needed to re-engage with my
passions for good food, wines and, of course, the
joy of running, which keeps the waistline in check.
What are some of your favourite running
spots in Paris?
You cannot beat Bois de Vincennes. As the largest
park in Paris, the variety of running routes through
it will keep you busy all day long. For a change of
scenery and a spot of sightseeing while you run,
the banks of the River Seine are a perfect choice. If
you are up and out early, try the route along Jardin
des Tuileries and Champs Élysées.
Can you recommend a favourite place to
eat in Paris?
On my most recent visit, I had an incredible
alfresco dining experience in Papillon on rue
Meissonier, close to Wagram metro station. They
offer a very reasonably-priced set lunch menu with
two or three courses and it’s well worth the treat.
What three things should visitors do on a
trip to Paris?
At the risk of being clichéd, you wouldn’t visit
Rome without seeing the Colosseum, so you
really can’t visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel
Tower. For a fun day out, a mere 40 minutes
away from central Paris, you can find yourself
in the land of make-believe in Disneyland Paris.
Finally, it’s a toss-up between a cruise on the
River Seine or sampling some of the Champagne
of Paris. As luck would have it, you can combine
them both and enjoy a Champagne cruise by day
What’s your best-kept secret for Paris?
For something a little different, part-sideshow, part-
carnival wonder, Musée des Arts Forains houses an
incredible array of gone-but-not-forgotten theatre,
fairground and music hall artefacts. It’s a truly
magical experience that will fascinate you from
start to finish.www.eatdrinkrunfun.com
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