Richelle Harrison Plesse

Sydney-born journalist, presenter and singer Richelle Harrison Plesse has called Paris home since 2006. With a career that spans print, web and television her work has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald/The Age newspapers, BBC Travel, FRANCE 24, Selector and The Arbuturian, among others. Here she reflects on the best aspects of living the expat life in France.

What’s your perfect day in Paris?

It would involve lots of eating, a spot of shopping and a stroll along the Canal St Martin or in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont on a (rare) sunny day… Followed by an apéro with friends to kick off the evening. Simple pleasures!

Your favourite restaurant in Paris?

It’s impossible to single out just one!

The most sublime meal you’ve ever had in France?

In Paris at least, the Sous Bois et Épices menu at La Dame de Pic and a five hour dégustation experience at Le Quinzième come to mind as recent highlights.

Best travel memory in France?

Taking my mother, who was visiting from Australia, to the Dordogne and discovering the region together for the first time.

Favourite French region to travel?

The Dordogne, Provence, the Pyrénées in summer…

Top museum in France?

I’ve seen many great exhibitions at the Quai Branly and also the best “cocktail dinatoire” I’ve ever had was there.

Souvenir for friends back home?

Wine.

Boutiques where you shop during the semi-annual soldes?

Printemps and anywhere I can find a bargain.

A destination in France that you’re dying to visit?

The Ardèche, and I’d love to explore more of Provence.

Tip for first-time visitors to France?

A smile and a simple “Bonjour, parlez-vous anglais?” will go a long way.

 

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