Karina is an American-Nicaraguan freelance writer living between Paris and her hometown of Miami, Florida. Depending on the month you can find her sunbathing in South Beach or coffee shop hopping on Boulevard Beaumarchais. She’s always on the hunt for a porcelain tea set, a music band to join, and the latest Parisian hangout.

How would you describe your love affair with Paris?

Oh with Paris, it’s a love-hate relationship. When I’m away I miss the romantic city lights, when I’m there the daily ordeals of life like the rush hour traffic in the metro line 1 makes me want to pitch a sign up and protest, but then again the strikes are another annoying occurrence.

What words do you associate with Paris?

Infuriating, serendipitous, utterly charming, intimate, chic, alive.

What music do you associate to Paris?

Lots of Stromae

What is your favorite Paris-related movie?

Masculin Feminin or A Bout du Souffle

Where would you like to live or to visit aside from Paris and Miami?

I plan on buying a riad in Morocco one day.

What would you change in Paris if you had a magic wand?

I would make Parisian girls friendlier, and fix the messy French administration.

What souvenir would you bring back from Paris for yourself or for your loved ones?

For myself floral bed sheets, a tea pot set, and sugar cubes. For my loved ones, oh my where to begin!

Karina's picks

    Le Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville

    The More Practical Parisian Department Store

    Jardin des Tuileries

    Classic Parisian Park across from the Louvre


    Contemporary Club in Paris

    Le Bal Café Otto

    Hidden Spot for Tapas & Brunch

    Nina's Paris

    Tea Fit for Royalty

    Le Chalet Savoyard

    The Place in Paris for Authentic Alpine Cuisine

    Le Chalet de Neuilly

    Cozy Ski Chalet Just Outside of Paris

    Il Cottage

    Cool Cottage with a Warm Atmosphere

    L'Eclair de Génie

    No Ordinary Parisian Pastry

    Le Nemours

    Paris People-Watching Café


    Shopping with a View in Paris

    Quai des Saints-Pères

    Picnic with a View in Paris

    Pont-Neuf and the Square du Vert-Galant

    Under the Oldest Bridge in Paris


    Cozy Café & Charitable Concept Store

    Le Mary Celeste

    Cocktails & Oysters


    Phone-Free Coffee

    Le Peloton

    Cyclists, Coffee & Waffles

    Honor Café

    Quick Coffee To-Go While Shopping

    Centre Pompidou

    Modern Art with Views of Paris

    Hotel Grand Amour

    Hipster Hotel Restaurant & Blogger Favorite


    Tea & Pastry Spot in Paris

    Café Berry

    Healthy Food in a Stylish Parisian Café

    L'appartement Sézane

    Fashionable Apartment in Paris

    Brasserie Barbès

    Cool Afterwork Spot, Gourmet French Food

Karina's posts

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