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  • 18 References 13 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Italian; learning Spanish
  • 56, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • gardener
  • university
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


to meet people who are open minded, tolerant, interesting, and....nice!
rencontrer des gens curieux, ouvert, tolerant, et surtout...sympas!


We are originally city boys who have found a quieter life in the beautiful Dordogne. We moved to Paris in the summer of 2015 to be with family and friends, but recently started house sitting for a long period of time in a large house near the town of Monsec in Dordogne.

Some of our favorite things to do are: having a nice dinner with friends, cooking, gardening (Mark), baking and Krav Maga (Troy), hiking, drinking wine, and relaxing together. We've been together 22 years, and got married in 2014 in San Francisco.

We are curious about other people and places, and hosted many couch surfers in our apartment in San Francisco. Where we live now it is very quiet, but there are a lot of fun things going, vides greniers (flea markets), hiking, canoeing, great people and food, cuckoo birds singing all day long, and just relaxing. Périgueux is about 30 minutes away, which is full of cafés, markets and medieval architecture. Angoulême has the closest TGV station is about 40 minutes away.


share vegetables with the neighbors!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Both stay with and host couch surfers


All experiences have been very positive


Passionate about anything botanical, also cooking, Slow Food, walking (in the city and country and mountains and beaches), music, film, travel, speaking French and Italian whenever possible, hiking, nature, wine...

Je suis passionné par tous botanique, cuisine, Slow Food, randonnée (campagne, en ville, en montagne, plages), musique, cinema, voyage, aimer parler français et italien à tout moment, nature, vin...

  • birds
  • singing
  • architecture
  • dining
  • cooking
  • wine
  • baking
  • walking
  • drinking
  • gardening
  • movies
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • hiking
  • canoeing
  • beaches
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Old, new, funny, sad, tragic, insane, existentialist, sentimental, whatever...
Can't stop listening to David Bowie these days. I also love classical, jazz, folk, Brian Eno, Radiohead, James....just to name a few. There are too many good music groups to list.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I can't just think of one thing:
Hitchhiked over 1000 miles in Australia.
Volunteered in Nicaragua with a medical team.
I have lived an amazing 22 years with my husband Troy (still).
Played in a band called Babooshka in Los Angeles in the 1980's.
Moved to Dordogne, France!

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, United States

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