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IS IT NECESSARY TO SAY AGAIN THAT "COUCHSURFING" DOES NOT MEAN "FREE HOSTEL" ??
Your attitude, your mood, your desire to share your experiences or your projects during your stay in Paris, your questions or your comments about your visits and discoveries in this city are, for me, much more important than any gift you could bring.
Transformer ma vie en continuant à vivre de ma passion (Transform my life by continuing to live on my passion)
I can't host Couchsurfers any time - sometimes it's already "booked" by friends or previous Couchsurfers coming back as friends....
When I decide to host someone, I try to help a traveler with a decent accommodation and good company.
And I really appreciate when you help your host to be in a good mood . Example : when you bought your flight tickets, are you sure you will arrive at my door before midnight, have you checked the actual time of your arrival ? With shuttle bus from airport, using hitch-hiking, or long distance bus. Could you find a solution (when your mobile phone doesn't work in France, when you have no wifi or dead battery) to give me an info if you think you may arrive later ? Or are you focused only on your problems ( first time in France, no phone, difficulty to find your way )??
IMPORTANT : BEING ON TIME FOR THE FIRST APPOINTMENT IS NOT AN OPTION : IT'S THE BEST WAY TO SHOW AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR STAY THAT YOU ARE A RELIABLE PERSON...
Punctuality for your arrival is something very important for me.
I know it's very difficult to say how long it will take from another city or from the airport, but I really appreciate if you consider that I'm not a doorman, and the time of our first meeting should be estimated and respected. If you are late, just find a way to contact me. Absolutely no problem if I have news of your arrival ! If you have any possibilities to contact me (Whats'app, SMS, Viber, Messenger) when you are approaching, or when you arrive in Paris airport, I could help you to find the fastest way to come here from the airport/train or bus station.
A GOOD COMMUNICATION BETWEEN COUCHSURFERS AND HOST IS FONDAMENTAL, BEFORE AND DURING THE STAY
FOR THAT REASON, DON'T EVEN TRY TO BE HOSTED HERE IF YOU ARE NOT FLUENT IN ONE OF THESE LANGUAGES : ENGLISH, FRENCH, OR ITALIAN
Even for the tiny things of the daily life, sharing informations, experiences or feelings in a common language is essential !
Sometimes, new Couchsurfers consider that using this website is a good tip to save the money of a hostel, and they think it's boring or not necessary to share your experiences, your projects, your opinions or your culinary skills with your host, or to ask some advices and tips to discover Paris in a different way , and it's a waste of time to talk or share a breakfast with your host.
If you are only a "money saver" and your 2-3 days in Paris are dedicated to the ultra-touristic areas already planned, please find another host, my apartment is certainly NOT the right place to go.
If you send me a request, please communicate with me with your real first name and name : I will open the door of my apartment and let my keys : if you use only a pseudo or a nickname, I could as well give you an imaginary address.
And your e-mail address will be much more useful to send you all the datas of my address, as I could copy/paste text and photos/
I work for more than 30 years in the culture and the theater. I continue to be curious, amazed sometimes. I have the passion of meeting different people and to learn through the human exchanges. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world.
L'itinérance et la mobilité ont toujours été la raison d'être des gens de théâtre. Prendre racine c'est parfois perdre sa force et sa liberté.
(The touring and the mobility always were the lifestyle of the people who work for the theater. To take roots, sometimes, means to lose his own strength and freedom.)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting if someone needs it
Surfing if someone gives me the chance :)
(if my status is "maybe", that means there is a lot of Couchsurfers who could have "booked" before you for the same days, and sometimes, I'm out of Paris for a few days with my job)
After 7 years and over 800 guests (!) at home, I'm not anymore a beginner to host Couchsurfers. But every experience is new and different.
For the moment, I'm not planning travels, except for my work. But I have enough space to host Couchsurfers, sometimes in 2 different bedrooms at the same time.
ORIGIN OF THE COUCHSURFERS I hosted between August 2012 and october 2018 :
Algeria : Tipaza
Argentina : Buenos Aires (9), Capitan Sarmiento, Cordoba, Corrientes, Hurlingham, Rosario
Australia : Brisbane, Byron Bay, Melbourne (3), Perth (4), Sidney (2)
Austria : Wien (3)
Azerbaijan : Baku (2)
Bangladesh : Dacca
Belarus : Minsk (2)
Belgium : Auderghem (2) ,Bruges, Brussels (7), Gent, Ixelles (2), Liège, Oostende
Brazil : Anápolis, Belém (2), Belo Horizonte (4), Brasilia (2), Curitiba, Florianopolis(3) , Goiâna (3), Iguaba Grande, Niteroi (2), Joao Pessoa, Porto Alegre, De Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul (2), Santo Ângelo (1), São José dos Campos, São Paulo (6), State of Paraiba (2), Taubaté
Bulgaria : Sofia
Canada : Caraquet, Edmunston (2), Les Eboulements, Montreal (5), Quebec, Sherbrooke (2) , Toronto, Vancouver (5)
Chile : Arica (2), Barranquilla, Santiago (3), Valparaiso
China : Shenzen, Shanghaï (2), Taipei (2)
Colombia : Baranquilla, Bogota (2), Medellin (6)
Costa Rica : San José
Croatia : Zadar, Zagreb (4)
Cyprus (Chypre) : Limassol
Czech Republic : Ostrava (2), Praha (Prag) (5)
Denmark : Copenhagen, Kolding
Ecuador : Quito (4)
Egypt : Alexandria, Cairo
England : Bornemouth, Coventry, Derby, London (10), Norwich (3), Southampton
Estonia : Tallinn
Finland : Helsinki (2), Mikkeli (1)
France : Angers, Anglet, Colmar, Granville, Lens, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nice, Reims, Rennes, Rodez, Saint-Etienne (5), Sauveterre (2), Strasbourg (6), Toulouse (5), Tours (2)
Georgia : Tbilisi (4)
Germany : Berlin (3) , Bocholt, Bonn, Bochum, Dresden, Erfurt (3), Frankfurt am Main (3) , Hamburg (4), Koblenz, Köln (4), Leer, München (4), Nuremberg, Osnabrück, Rostock (3), Wermelskirchen
Greece : Thessaloniki
Hungary : Budapest (6)
India: Agra, Bengaluru (2), Mumbai, Phagwara, Puné
Indonesia : Bali (2), Kupang, Semarang, Malang, Jakarta (3), Java (2)
Iran : Isfahan, Teheran (3)
Ireland : Dublin (2)
Israel : Haifa (3) , Herzliya, Jerusalem (2), Tel-Aviv Yafo (4)
Iran : Teheran (2)
Italy : Bologna, Firenze, Jesolo, Mazara del Vallo (Sicilia), Napoli (2), Palermo, Parma, Torino (2), Trieste
Japan : Beppu
Latvia : Riga (2)
Lithuania : Kaunas, Vilnius (3), Klaipèda (2)
Luxemburg : Luxemburg
Macedonia : Skopje (2)
Malaysia : Penang, George Town
Marocco : Casablanca (3), Fès (1)
Mexico : Campeche, Guadalajara (4), Monterrey, San José del Cabo, San Luis Potosi
Netherlands : Almere, Amersfoort, Amsterdam (3), Arnhem, Delft, Maastricht (2), Tillburg, Utrecht
New Zealand : Taupo (2), Matamata
Nigeria : Lagos (2)
Norway : Lund, Oslo
Peru : Lima
Poland : Kielce (2), Krakow (5), Lodz (2), Opole (2), Poznan,(2), Pabianice (2), Torun (2), Tychy (2) Warszawa (9)
Portugal : Coimbra, Guarda, Lisbon (2), Faro (2), Porto (3)
Romania : Târgu Mureș
Russia : Bolshoi Sochi, Dolgoprudny, Izhevsk (2), Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk (3), Petrozavodsk-Republic of Karelia, St Petersburg (6), Saratov (2), Tcheliabinsk, Vladivostok (5)
Scotland : Edinburgh, Dundee
Serbia : Glogonj, Belgrad, Ivanjica,
Singapore : Clementi
Slovenia : Ljubljana, Maribor (2)
Slovakia : Malacky
South Korea : Busan, Chongwan (2), Osan, Namyangju, Seoul (6)
Spain : Barcelona (2), Madrid (7), Marbella, Peñiscola, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Sweden : Gothenburg (2), Stockholm
Switzerland : Basel, Bellinzona (2), Bern (2), Zurich
Syria : Damascus
Trinidad &Tobago (2)
Tunisia : Tunis
Turkey : Ankara (5), Balikesir, Istanbul (21), Konya
Ukraine : Dnepropetrovsk (7), Kyiv (5), L'viv (3) Odessa (4), Yalta (2)
USA : Ann Arbor, MI - Austin, TX (3) - Bar Harbor, NY - Baywood-Los Osos, CA (2) - Boulder, CO - Cary, NC - Charleston, SC - Chicago, IL (4) - Costa Mesa, CA - Danbury, CT - Davis, CA - Denver, CO (2) - Dubuque, IA - El Paso, TX - , Hampden, ME - Hillsboro, OR - Ithaca, NY - Knoxville, TN - Lafayette, LA - Los Angeles, CA (5) - Malibu, CA - Miami, FL - Needham, MA - New York (6), Oakland, CA (2)- Ocala, FL - Palm Coast, FL (2) - Puyallup, WA - Reno, NV - Redmond, WA - Rochester, NY - Sacramento, CA - Salinas, CA - San Diego, CA - San Francisco, CA (2) - Santa Fe, NM - Sarasota, FL (2) - Seattle, WA (5) - Spokane, WA (2) - Starkville, MS (2)-Williamsburg, NY -Yosemite Valley, CA
Venezuela : Caracas
Art, Theater, Culture, Books, Travels
Music, Movies, and Books
Films : Pasolini, David Lynch, Fellini, Tarkovski, Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, Bergman, Truffaut, Jacques Audiard, Almodovar, Agnès Varda, Ken Loach....
Books : Genet, Paul Celan, Paul Auster, Handke, Duras, Proust, Barthes, Hervé Guibert, Rimbaud, Erri de Luca...
Plays : Shakespeare, Tchekhov, Koltes, Molière, Brecht, Marivaux, Bond...
Music : from baroque music to world (african, latin...) a lot of different styles of music : Bach, Youssou N'dour, Purcell, The Doors, Lhasa, Astor Piazzolla, Haendel, Billie Holiday, Pergolesi, Cesaria Evora, Jacques Brel, Monteverdi, Sting, Patti Smith, Phil Glass, Chet Baker, Mozart, Ella Fitzgerald, Rameau, Django Rheinhardt, Caetano Veloso, Leonard Cohen, Rokia Traoré, Devendra Banhart, Satie, George Gershwin, Edith Piaf, Mercedes Sosa, Schubert, The Pink Floyd..... Enough ?
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had the chance to work with different great artists (of the French theater and choreography : actors, directors, choreographers, dancers), to learn my job in contact of them.
Teach, Learn, Share
Everyday, with everyone : Life is a permanent school
What I Can Share with Hosts
Belleville is a popular, lively, very multicultural area in the center of Paris BUT away from the touristic crowd of the city.
Paris is an amazing city that takes a lot of effort and time to get to know. Go in the peak season and try to do the whole city in a day or two and you're bound to be disappointed. I'd suggest going in September or early October when the weather is still nice and the crowds at the large attractions are more manageable. Or april. Buy your tickets for the museums online and avoid waiting in line.
If you are under 26 and living (or studying) in the E.U., museums and monuments are FREE !
If you're going to do the Eiffel Tower do it early in the morning before the lines get out of hand. The one thing I would highly recommend is the Segway tour of Paris, it's a little expensive but in my opinion was money well spent.
The place that hardly ever gets a mention in these articles is the Trocadero Plaza. It sits across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower and has the best views of the tower. It's a great place to hang out and just people watch and enjoy the street performers that show up in the afternoon to early evening.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Martinique, Morocco, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In