Hana is someone I first came across on Instagram and I immediately became a fan of her very pretty photos of Paris. Back in March, Lauren arranged a group drink at Maison F which is where I finally got to met Hana in person. Originally from Slovakia and with 10 years behind her in London before she came to Paris in 2013, I knew that Hana would make for an interesting LouLou meets subject. With a background in PR, Hana is extremely apt in social situations and a pleasure to chat with over a cocktail. I am in awe of her photography skills and am delighted to introduce you to her.
Hana, how did you end up in Paris?
I met him in Australia - it was love at first sight. We survived long distance for one and a half years, me London and him Paris, after which I took the risk and followed my heart to finally be with him in Paris.
Tell us a little bit about what you do in Paris.
At the moment I have two jobs. I work as an assistant teacher in a private school in Boulogne and in the afternoon I work for an agency, giving English lessons to young children (well, you can call me a “nounou”).
In a few words, describe what Paris means to you.
Love, inspiration, challenge.
Your idea of a perfect day in Paris?
Whatever I do during the day, every “perfect day in Paris” finishes with me staring in wonder at the sparkling Eiffel tower. That’s my ultimate Paris moment (preferably with him by my side).
Some more of my favourite spots in Paris would be (in no particular order) - the view from the Printemps terrace (on the ninth floor with an amazing view of the whole of Paris) plus it's the perfect excuse to do some shopping as well. I also love the Louvre at night, the lights are so breathtaking and the atmosphere without thousands of tourists is unique.
Which French "quirks" put a smile on your face? And which make you frown?
I love their “oh la laaaa” and I don’t think I will ever get used to the sometimes unfriendly service. (French people need to smile more!).
What motivated you to start blogging?
Several reasons: I have always loved to share with others (thoughts, information, good times haha). Also, this city evokes so much passion in me. I have been lucky to travel a lot, and would always be looking for “insider tips” on other blogs, about the places I was going to visit (Hello Lonely Planet tree forum!). Through my blog, I am trying to give back a little, by providing some inspiration for those who are planning to come to Paris/France.
What have you discovered about the Paris blogging scene since you started your blog?
I started blogging without any expectations, just out of pure love for Paris and my passion for photography. Only later did I realise what an important step it was. Thanks to my blog, I have met so many inspiring and interesting people - some of whom have even become my close friends. I think it is important to remain open minded, you can never be friends with everyone, but there are some really lovely people within the blogging community and I’m happy to have met them.
Where do you like to find inspiration for your blog?
Everywhere around me: on the street, at school where I work... I would have to say that my friends are my biggest inspiration and I love Instagram! Never-ending inspiration guaranteed :)
If you could hop on a plane right now, which destination would you choose (and why)?
Somewhere warm and relaxing - the Maldives maybe? Or Rome, I’ve never been and would love to visit Italy.
One thing on your bucket list?
I would love to travel through South America, especially Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, although I don’t think I could learn another foreign language. To speak five is I think already enough, although never say never :)
What's the one thing you really miss from home that Paris cannot replace?
Family of course - and food haha! I love French cuisine but a homemade dish prepared by my mum is quite frankly, the best thing in the world!
What would you really miss about Paris if one day you left?
I’m nowhere near ready to leave this city :) I would miss Paris, the architecture, the ambiance, the beautiful light and the life that I have cultivated here.
Quick Fire questions
Favourite patisserie? La Pâtisserie des Reves
Favourite metro line? Line 1
Rive Gauche ou Rive Droite? Droite
Red, white or rosé? Red
Favourite Parisian café? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. For the coffee I’d say Telescope but I love cafes such as Café de Flore for their special French atmosphere and all the stories those walls can tell.
P.S. The photos within the Q&A session are Hana's and the photos below are my iPhone pics from our breakfast date at Colorova.