Colleen in a Paris cafe with Erik holding the street by arrondissement book Paris Pratique
Welcome to Colleen's Paris

Welcome to Colleen’s Paris!

Colleen holding the book of street maps: Paris Pratique par arrondissementI love Paris. Who doesn’t!?

The Colleen’s Paris Web site provides general information for your real and virtual visit to Paris!

I do this to share my experiences with you whether you are a return visitor or this is your first time in the City. Having lived in Paris since 1992 and working on Colleen’s Paris since 2002, hopefully, what I know and continue to learn about Paris will help you.

You can write to me and ask for advice. I will answer you as soon as possible.

Obtaining Information

Colleen’s Paris   is about current events in Paris, for example exhibitions, advice on lost phones or gloves, Christmas in Paris, music, or just a pot-pourri of tips.

Some French sites to which I link can be read in English using Google Translate.

Paris is part of the Ile-de-France department (like a state in the USA). It’s regional number is 75. If you are going to visit or stay in the Bastille area, the Address reads “75011”. That means Paris in the eleventh arrondissement.

Contact me if you have any questions!


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 - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!