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I am martinn your host

martinn at key2paris, your host
  • Born in Paris a few decades ago in a family with British and American cousins.
  • Educated as a pharmacist, I had a student job on rue  Etienne Marcel in the early 70ies and then  bought a Pharmacy next to Stohrer.
  • After living in the USA (upstate NY) for 3 years, my children attended an International school in Paris West outskirt (I was on the board,  in charge of organizing parties for the school) Then they attended Universities  both in the UK and US.
  • So since 1991, I have developed cross culture skills, always living in an English speaking environment. I worked at the American School of Paris for 3 years from 2003 to 2006.
  • I was raised in a family where good food and hosting were important words.                                                         
  • I attended  and still attend many cooking classes with different chefs (French, Japanese, Lebanese, Indian, Dieticians…).
  • I gave cooking lessons to both English and French groups, adults and children.
  • I owned a B&B with « table d’hôtes » for 4 years in the South West of France, organizing parties, Gourmet dinners, cooking lessons, going back to rue dArgout  during Winters.
  • Everywhere I go in France or around the world, I take cooking lessons, buy cookbooks, discuss with restaurant chefs.
  •  I  still spend hours  reading on Paris, French History, touring Paris with other guides and specialists, reading about food trends and new addresses
  • I particularly enjoy :  meeting people, cultural exchanges, English speaking world, multicultural, cross culture issues showing Paris and French culture
  • I love Movies, History,  Art, Family and FOOD !  Also gardening, travels, and reading when time permits.

 

 

My traveling Philosophy

I prefer soaking in the atmosphere, understanding the culture, meeting people rather than crossing out a “been there done that” list. I favor experience versus just discovering and I am ready to help you unwind, relax, escape your usual rhythm, when you sojourn in Paris.

 

Now if you are here for a short stay, for your first time and would like to discover the basics, I can help you as well to organize your visit.

 

When you visit a place, it is always nicer to get an insider’s view. Let me be your insider’s guide in Paris. I can design tours, organize a “table d’Hôtes” so we can spend more time sharing Paris, French culture and yours.

 

I am part of a net of nice BnBs around the world. I selected those who share the same  idea about  hosting. I’ll be happy to share with you if you need some recommendations.

 

When you visit

When visiting you want to live like a French, a Parisian not being “only” a tourist. You’d like to avoid some “culture shock”, you ‘d like to beat the “prejudice” against the French and Parisians, you’d like to discover what made French meal part of the Unesco patrimony, you’d like to shop like a Parisian, discuss with shop keepers, find why all chickens are not the same and price can “largely” vary, why French put a lot of pride on food origins, why they select their little shops with great care…

 

Behind Architecture and Art, you’d like to discover the French History, French culture, how Paris became Paris

 

Then book with me, martinn, I know what culture differences are, what can shock you and why you could shock a French ; can help you easily avoid some difficult issues and help you enjoy your stay from A to Z, have a real experience and feel part of the community.