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Charlotte-Josephine Herve

Tignes, Rhone-Alpes, France

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Overview

  • 52 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning German, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • working at Tignes Tourist Office for...
  • Art&Culture (Humanities)
  • From Mantes la jolie (78) - France
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About Me

We both finished our studies and left France to work and travel around Australia for 2 years. We've done the loop from Sydney up the east coast, across to Darwin and then down the west coast. Damien is an amazing drawer, illustrator (check out his Facebook page : Art of Seppo), but also a gardner and waiter. He likes comic books and rockclimbing. I'm more into cultural management, any fields (dance, music, theatre, exhibitions). We've travelled all around Australia in a camper van for a year, then lived in Melbourne for a year, travelled again around New Zealand for a short period and are now back in our wonderfull homecountry, sort of settling down and working before the next travel (?)

PHILOSOPHY

I got no roots, I got feet to go away.

Here is an AWSOME THINGS TO DO IN PARIS extensive list.
I made it for a GIRLfriend so there are a few things that you might not need (undies shop for example)... But I though I'd share it with the CS community...

Here is a list of things that I love to do in Paris.
First of all, you have to check out the metro but it's
- expensive
- dirty
- busy
- and you won't get to see much of Paris...
So please, WALK or take the bus (I know it's a bit more complicated) or take a Velib' (1 Euro per day, with your CB + deposit)
Now, here are a few walk or nice ride for you :
- North-East of Paris, from La Villette to Stalingrad, along the Canal de l'Ourq (Quai de Loire et Quai de Seine), I used to live here,
- and from Stalingrad, down le Canal Saint Martin, have a break and a glass of wine on your way
- from l'Arc de Triomphe, rent a bike and go down les Champs Elysees all the way to la Place de la Concorde, (grab a Laduree macaron on you way, expensive but the best) cross le jardin des Tuileries (garden) and get to le Louvre, accross la Seine, you can also see le Musee d'Orsay (for Impressionist Art)
- in Montmartre, get off the metro at Abesses, half way up, it saves you a bit of hard walk and it's a typical spot in Montmartre, have a look at the Je t'aime wall (I love you written in every langage), and walk your way up to le Sacre Coeur, get lost in small streets and lanes... And then walk down (easier) to Place Pigalle, red light district,
- from metro Censier Daubenton (pink line) walk up rue Mouffetard, all the way to Le Pantheon and then down les Jardins du Luxembourg,
- from metro Pont Marie (on the pink line), cross the bridge over la Seine and once you're on the Ile Saint Louis (island), turn right and walk along the main street, you'll see heaps of lovely shops (check Pylones, colorfull accessories), ice cream shops etc. Walk all the way down to Notre Dame, you'll get there from the back, unusual. And if you keep going, cross the bridge in front of Notre Dame, you'll end up in Saint Michel - le quartier latin.
Check out le Theatre de la Huchette, one of the eldest and tinyest theatre in Paris, they've played absurd Ionesco plays for so many years...
La rue Montorgueuil is typical parisian : market stalls, cafes etc. You'll fall in love with it as all parisians enjoy it (metro Etienne Marcel)
You'll see NICOLAS wine shops everywhere if you look carefully, get a bottle of "Petites Recoltes", ask the seller, it's cheap, nice and authentic,
Cheap bars : the Hide out, there's one in Chatelet and one in Bastille, very cheap Happy Hours Beers, good international party place or the Syphax in Notre Dame de Lorette, Happy Hours from 4pm until 2am (!!) cheap wine and beer.
NEW : check out O'Sisters bar, opened by a friend recently, ask for Anne and tell her you know me!
Have diner at Chez Papa, there are a couple of them around Paris, AWESOME not so expensive food from South West of France, a must do! I've take some american friends there, they just LOVED it!!!
Art : check La Cinemateque francaise exhibitions for great interactive exhibitions about cinema. But book before or you'll queue for ever and might not even get in... (book at la FNAC or on their website).
Visit le Musee du Quai Branly, new museum, opened couple of years ago about primitive Art from all around the world but do it by night, it's less busy and the lighting is amazing!
My favourite afternoon tea place is called Angelina, on rue de Rivoli, along le jardin des Tuileries, between Place de la Concorde et le Louvre, it can be very busy, it's quite expensive but very chic and they make the BEST CAKES EVER!!!!!
RAVE the REX CLUB, one of the BEST TECHNO CLUB in Europe, where Techno music was born.
For paties, check out http://www.com2daddy.com/ for good plans, invitations or guestlists (sometimes). On week days nights at the Rex Club, it's more relaxed and you don't have to worry too much about dressing up whereas on week ends you can queue forever and not even get in in the end... I hate that!!
You can go to Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud and especially l'Alimentation Generale bar, it's good fun. The Barrio Latino in Bastille is a gorgeous place. But my favourites are the Balkanbeat parties, gypsy live band and DJ for a revolution of the dancefloor, great atmosphere, people dancing until sunrise!
To know everything that is happening in town, get a little book called Le Bonbon for free in bars and cafés, it's full of discounts. You can also buy l'Officiel des Spectacles for a few cents to know all the about exhibitions by genre.
Go see a dance show at Opera Garnier, you'll remember it for the rest of your life. Check if there's is any very cheap seats available on top (in middle, NOT ON THE SIDE!) and try La Comedie francaise (in front of Le Louvre) for theatre, where Moliere died on stage, mythic : last minute cheap tickets at the door.
For shopping : check Stadium, close to Les Galleries LaFayette, expecially Pull&Bear (good cheap brand), Undiz for lovely underwears.
If you fancy a tour, I used to work for these guys : http://www.4roues-sous-1parapluie.com/EN/index.html It's a good fun way to discover Paris

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I actually heard about it on the radio a few years ago. And the more I couchsurf or host the best I think CS is! Because it's great to be able to meet locals and see things through their eyes. We've only met great people everywhere we've been, sharing so much more than just a couch : ideas, laughs, amazing food...

Anywhere I move to, I introduce my flatemates to CS and they love it!!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Surfing / hosting / surfing again / hosting again / and now surfing again, in my home country :) HAPPY TIME!!!

Interests

I love Art (exhibitions, cinema, theatre, dance, music etc.), I love traveling, meeting new people, discovering different cultures. I love nature, cheese and wine. I'm a traveler but I hate packing and maps!

Music, Movies & Books

My favorite film makers are Almodovar, Tim Burton, JP Jeunet, F. Ozon. I like cult films like Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Fears and loathing in Las Vegas or Tarantino's movies. I litteraly loved Vicky, Cristina Barcelona & Match Point. I've recently been really striked by Unthinkable, I'm not too sure what to think about it... I currently watch The Killing, Top of the lake and Utopia (such a waste of time I KNOW!)

I like all sorts of music : reaggae-dancehall, french rock, elctro, jazz whatever feels groovy. I wrote a thesis about Techno music (and Techno parties --> rave and free parties, 2 great movies about that : Groove and Go.

I likes Evan Mc Gregor's and Tonino Benaqvista's books.

and much more we'll discuss over a nice french dinner :)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I had RED hairs
Spending winter at Damien's, in the middle of nowhere, in the mountains, south of France, -15 degrees, no heaters... Just love.
Swim with a shark on Ningaloo Reef.
Follow Damien to Australia.
Travel around Australia in a 30 years old va, driving at no more than80km/h and free camp everywhere without getting a single fine.
Climb a 60m high tree in the Valley of the Giants on my 25th birth day.
Follow a random and so scary bushman and get stuck at his place in the Whitsundays (like the movie Wolf Creek) It's on my NOT TO DO IT AGAIN LIST!!!

Teach, Learn, Share

I love cooking. Damien can draw and maybe show you some...

What I Can Share With Hosts

We can't really host at the moment as we don't really have our own place, but I'm happy to catch up for a coffee or a drink and help travelers finding their way around or give info about work & accom for winter season.

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, France, Sweden

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