Monday, December 17, 2012

The Paris of "Out and About in Paris": My Interview with "Paris-Lifestyles" (Aéroports de Paris)

Special thanks to "Joseph the Butler" for allowing me to use this photo commemorating our first meeting for the Paris-Lifestyle interview. It was easier "going public" with a friend by my side!

One of the first questions that people usually ask me as a blogger is how I learn about all of the "cool stuff" that I do in Paris. The answer is that I'm a research nerd who spends hours tracking down bits of information online. Unfortunately, my super sleuth skills failed to uncover "Paris-Lifestyle", one of the best websites for visitors and residents of the City of Light. If you've ever departed from Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airport, chances are that you're already familiar with the glossy version of this dual language (French/English) magazine because it's available in 11 of the airport terminals.

I became an avid reader of the online version of "Paris-Lifestyle" after receiving an email from them at the beginning of November asking if I would agree to do an interview. Ironically enough, I read their email while sitting in one of the departure lounges at Orly Airport on my way to Bordeaux. Talk about serendipity! Covering the latest trends and best events in this vibrant city, "Paris Lifestyle" takes you behind-the-scenes of renowned monuments, shares the Parisian stories of famous personalities who excel in their fields and reveals the trendiest fashions in ready-to-wear and luxury brands.

In addition to sections on the best restaurants, bars, boutiques, hotels and must-see exhibitions, the online version of "Paris-Lifestyle" also features the "bonnes addresses" (favorite addresses) of Parisian bloggers. As their first expat blogger, I'm pleased to invite you to read:

The Paris of "Out and About in Paris"

If you're interested in the latest information about Paris, I highly recommend joining the online Paris-Lifestyle Club, which offers exceptional invitations to shows and exhibitions, special previews, books, CDs and DVDs. Shortly after becoming a member of the free club, I was thrilled to win National Geographic's PHOTOgraphics, an impressive book featuring stunning photos from around the world.

Additionally, I'm a huge fan of the "Paris-Lifestyle" facebook page and free Paris-Lifestyle app, which is available in English, French, Chinese and Russian. And while I'm at it, I should also mention that My Airport, the free official Aéroports de Paris app, is an invaluable tool for frequent travelers or moms who are anxiously waiting for their children to arrive in Paris. It's what I'll be using on Wednesday to check the flight information for my son!

21 comments:

  1. Congrats on the interview! I much prefer the unblurred version of the photo :)

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    1. Thanks! After reading Ella Coquine's and your comment, I unblurred the photo.

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  2. Congratulations!! What a great interview! I love that JTB is right by your side! You two define being out and about!

    MK, the blurred version of the photo is a little creepy. :P

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    1. Since I don't want to creep anyone out, I posted the regular unblurred photo. Thanks for your comment - I always value Gwan's and your advice!

      JtB is a wonderful guy. I continue to be thankful for all of the people, like you (!), that blogging has introduced me to. I look forward to reading/hearing about your upcoming meeting with Duchesse!

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  3. Love it....you are almost famous! So relieved to know that you have new and amazing blog cards to hand out. Get a pen ready, autographs hounds will be at your door!

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    1. Naw, Paris is the famous one. I'm just hanging on to her coat tails (or petticoat?) and going for a ride. No denying that it's fun, though.

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  4. MK,
    Great honor for you, and photo of you (and JtB), to be highlighted by Paris-Lifestyle! Thank you for the App advice; both are now installed on the iPhone for future visits!
    PK

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    1. The apps are really handy. I use the airport one whenever I'm traveling to check for terminal info, flight departure time, etc. I've also been enjoying reading the other interviews with the French bloggers on the Paris- Lifestyle Website because they have a lot of good insider's tips for Paris.

      One of these days I'll have to do a post about my favorite Paris apps.

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  5. Now Mary Kay, I think they should give you the "Out and About in Paris" tab on their webpage, I mean, really!

    And just so everyone knows, this photo was taken within 10 minutes of meeting, maybe even five. We were just settling in to what would be a great meeting, vacation and friendship!

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    1. @Joseph, I've often wondered what the couple next to us thought when we asked if they would take our photo and explained that it was our first meeting. As soon as I met you face-to-face, I felt as if I had known you my entire life. I just wish that you lived in Paris so that we could sip champagne together at the Cafe de Flore on a more regular basis!

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  6. Dear Mary Kay, You look so pretty at the photo, so I really hope, that we will meet sometimes in one of our cities. Have a nice 4th advent-week - Sanne

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    1. Speaking of Advent, I'm way behind with my Advent candle. One of these nights I'm going to have to burn it for an extra long time to catch up!

      I also hope that we meet in one of our cities. You'll have to let me know if/when you travel to Paris and I'll do the same if/when I go to Vienna.

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  7. Congratulations on becoming a celebrity, Mary Kay! This is such a fun and interesting blog and your Paris-Lifestyle interview is bound to bring you many more followers. Your terrific personality really shines through and your fine ability to chronicle your adventures in Paris in words and pictures keep us all coming back for more!

    Patricia H

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comment about my blog, Patricia! And thank you for all of the tips/information about Paris that you've sent to me. I still have to send you a photo of a buche de Noel in the shape of a Chanel bag. I posted it on FB but I don' think that you have an account.

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  8. So nice to see a photo of you at last! I'll bet you just can't wait for your son to arrive. It is lovely that you will all be together (in Paris, no less!) for Christmas. GM x

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    1. Stephane and I feel very fortunate that we'll all be together for Christmas, especially now that our "kids" are older and have significant others in their lives. Our son arrives in a couple of hours and I can't wait to hug him. He has been forewarned!

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  9. Hooray! We can see you.
    Carolyn

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    1. Yeah, I decided that I could go public in one post. After this I'm retreating to the background again!

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  10. I lknow a celebrity! Congratulations to one if the kindess people I know

    Love Denise

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    1. I'll take "kind" over "celebrity" any day, Denise. Thanks!

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