Colleen from Colleen's Paris
Welcome to Colleen's Paris

About Colleen’s Paris And How It All Started

Colleen from Colleen's ParisColleen’s Paris provides personal tips for Parisians at heart.

Finding ways to share Paris with anyone who is coming to Paris or already visited Paris is what I like to do. I feel very lucky to be here; it took a long time.

Due to my circumstances of opportunity (i.e. work, travel, life happenings) sharing my good fortune evolved into Colleen’s Paris.

My mother, Marge, remembers that we were in the Louvre in the 1970s when I made a statement that I would return to Paris.

My paternal grandmother, Norma, always hoped that I would speak French (and play the harp).

My cousin, Cindy, wrote a letter from Paris when she was on a school trip decades ago. She wrote that she wore a spaghetti strap dress — I knew then, that I had to get there anyway possible.

After living in Germany for three years during one chapter of my life, I decided to return to Europe.

Mingled with that wish in the 1980s, I obtained university degrees in theater, journalism and photography. While at the University of Florida I met Erik from Sweden. I traveled and lived in Ireland and then moved to Sweden. In Stockholm my ambition, besides learning Swedish fluently, was to learn word processing. Instead, I taught myself desk top publishing and worked as a free lancer in layout design, writing, photography and wrote a children’s radio play.

At this point my decision was made to obtain a European passport. Voilà!

As a flight attendant based in Chicago beginning February 1990, Full time work meant with two weeks flying back and forth across the Atlantic just about every 24 hours straight. That left at least 10 days home in Paris to work full time building my website, photographing and interviewing and researching.

Monthly editions of the Colleen’s Paris began in 2002 while contemplating life recovering from a couple of surgeries. I had already lived here for ten years and toyed around with web ideas about Paris. Romantic walks, for example, seemed like a good idea. However, someone else formulated that idea ahead of me and it was back to the drawing board.

Life existed between Chicago and Paris.

Through all of this Erik is my dear and patient number one.

Since retiring from American Airlines December 31, 2009, I am concentrating on travel and on Colleen’s Paris. I obtained my European/French passport and I am learning to give speeches with International Toastmasters (TM75 is our club).

Enjoy Colleen’s Paris as much as I enjoy being here! Colleen

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!