The New Americans in Paris

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The New Americans in Paris
There is no doubt that Paris has attracted Americans ever since America was born. The bond between the two countries, formed more than two centuries ago out of mutual desire for independence and sovereignty, has only gotten stronger thanks to the continuous cultural exchange between the two nations. Thomas Jefferson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Ernest Hemingway, these are the great names that first come to mind. But how about 21st-century expats? Who are the new Americans in Paris? I recently interviewed a group of women who have made Paris their home, by choice or by chance. Their stories might be different but their love for the city is a common denominator, and they are all, unsurprisingly, artists and creators. Geni Mermoud is a street photographer. She was born in Cocoa, Florida, and lived in Birmingham, Alabama for many years, so she simply considers herself a Southern girl. She has been living in Paris for over 25 years. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Geni (@geeparee22) on Feb 22, 2019 at 10:09am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Geni (@geeparee22) on Feb 6, 2019 at 9:42am PST Alesa Gawlik is a freelance web designer and content manager. Born in Wichita, Kansas, and educated in West Virginia, she moved to France five years ago, three of them spent in Paris.  View this post on Instagram
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Renata Haidle is a Billings, Montana-based travel, architecture, and fine art photographer. She travels to Europe regularly, mainly to France and England, where she photographs beautiful architecture and snippets of everyday life. Her travel photos have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Her travel book featuring photos of the French Riviera was recently published. You can find her at www.renatahaidle.com and on Instagram and Twitter as @renatahaidle.

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  • Catherine
    2020-09-07 02:37:31
    Catherine
    I was fortunate to have visit Paris two years ago. I confess I fell in love with her. The Eiffel Tower, the way of life, the people and attractions and the food..I loved it all. I recommend for everyone one to go. My son and his fiance have been twice and had their engagement photos done professionally during Fashion week. They're beautiful. Go, enjoy even if its once in your life time.

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  • Amanda
    2019-07-11 16:09:27
    Amanda
    Last Friday night, our whole tiny village sat out in our little street in SW France, and we shared our food and tangled conversation in good-humoured Franglais...it was balmy till after midnight and a whole generation of small children played and dined at that great long and wobbly table with us. That is how it is.

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