Urbansider: What brought you to Paris in the first place?

Ulrike: Quite simply, my husband was requested to move here for work. He didn’t even bother to ask me. A no-brainer. After visiting every year as a tourist, I finally got to live here, and I still thank my lucky stars every day, even after four years of calling Paris home.

Urbansider: How would you describe your love affair with Paris?

Ulrike: It started from childhood, I have always known Paris. But then, through reading all the writers associated with this city, the love grew stronger. As soon as I moved here – and I have lived in a lot of places (note: seven countries on three continents) – I felt I’d come home.

How do you deal with the ‘Frenchness’ of Parisian people?

Ulrike: I embrace it. The people are no ruder than in any other city and being an introvert myself, I feel that I fit right in when people grumble at me in the metro. And I find that if you start with a cheery bonjour and end with a merciau revoir AND a bonne journée, you actually get some genuine smiles.

Urbansider: What’s your favorite daydreaming spot in Paris?

Ulrike: I am a water person, so give me a bench by the quayside, somewhere between the Île de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis, and I’m happy.

Urbansider: What’s your favorite Parisian movie scene?

Ulrike: You know, I still get a thrill out of every scene where I recognize a Paris street. Every time.

Urbansider: What are your favorite French authors or books?

Ulrike: When I moved here, I thought it’d be time to read Proust. And I did. All seven volumes of it. Alas, I read it in English, my French cannot cope with sentences an entire page long. I am still in awe and enjoyed the history lessons throughout. More recently, I loved Muriel Barbery’s Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby.

Urbansider:  If Paris were a song?

Ulrike: I feel that Paris is always beautiful on the outside, come rain or shine, but deeper down it’s sometimes not all that perfect, so maybe Soprano’s Clown…


Ulrike’s favorites:

Sightseeing: I regularly visit Pompom’s Polar bear and Van Gough’s Starry Night in the Musée d’Orsay.
Stroll: Walking the Petite Ceinture
Cocktail bars: I don’t go to bars a lot, I usually just choose nice terraces. But I do like Le Perchoir de l’Est.
Restaurants: Café de l’Homme, Les Bouquinistes, Ricci Bayen for its truffle pizza
Brunch: Le Pavillion du Lac, Buttes Chaumont
Chill: Parc Monceau, on a bench with a book and a coffee from the kiosk
Gigs: Call me a tourist, but I love it when people invade the metro – if they can sing.
Experience: I do love ice skating in the Grand Palais before Christmas

Ulrike's picks

    Aéro Paris Passy

    Parisian Corner Café Perfect for People Watching

    Passy Brocante

    Parisian Treasure Hunting

    Bibliothèque Richelieu

    An Architecturally Exquisite Parisian Library

    La Rotonde de la Muette

    Blue Bistrot with a Great Terrace

    Fondation Louis Vuitton

    Interesting Exhibitions & Impressive Architecture

    Théâtre Michel

    Charming Paris Theater Offering English Subtitles

    Rue des Eaux

    Secret Steps in Paris

    Marché Couvert de Passy

    Favorite Fresh Food Market in Paris

    Cimetière de Passy

    Peaceful Parisian Cemetery

    L'Abribus Café

    A Soothing Shelter in Paris's 20th


    Personalized Perfumes in Paris

    Aux Merveilleux de Fred

    Puffy Pastries in Paris


    Delicious Pizza in an Exceptional Parisian Space

    Musée Marmottan Monet

    Paris's Little-Known Impressionist Museum

    Le Bon Marché

    Historic Parisian Department Store

    Brasserie Auteuil

    Unique Brasserie in an Old Paris Train Station

    Île aux Cygnes

    Peaceful Island in Western Paris


    Quintessential Corner Café

    La Felicità, Station F

    Fun and Fresh Food Court

    Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

    Happy Hours on the River

    Basilica of Saint-Denis

    Royal Necropolis

    Les Puces de Vanves

    No-Frills Flea Market in Paris

Ulrike's posts

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