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British born and bred, Modern Languages graduate Melissa Barton returned to Paris to work in fashion production in September 2008. Making it her one-woman mission to sample every crêperie in town, she works off those Nutella-banane calories wandering the streets of Paris in search of new additions for her little black book. She enjoys people watching, Velib’ing, clothing bought for €1 and a good glass of kir ‘entre amis’.

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Anglo-Belgium born and raised just outside of Antwerp Belgium, Christopher Bonnett obtained a masters degree in Astronomy in the Netherlands where he lived from 2000 till 2007. He has been pursuing a Phd in Astrophysics in Paris since September 2007. He has a passion for science (you would hope so), music, food, travel and clubbing.

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Graham Cooper is bad people. His world-view is utterly warped and his opinions are highly suspect. Seemingly incapable of holding down a day-job, he has failed miserably at numerous professions including marketing, computers, event-production and has even worked as a bodyguard. Originally from Glasgow, he’s frequented most of the worlds worst places including several war-zones and has unpaid bar-tabs and outstanding warrants on at least four continents. Since 2000 he’s been in hiding from numerous debtors and angry ex-girlfriends in Paris, where both the language and culture continue to confound and confuse him. When he breaks cover, he does voice-over work for TV and is currently planning a series of short movies about Paris. His girlfriend, ‘ The Gape Monkey’, once tried shooting him in the face for Valentines day, but mistook blanks for live rounds. She too is a tragic figure.

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A weekly business traveler to Paris via her home of Chicago, Jeanne Cummings seeks out restaurants with good food and good wine for around 20 euros.

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Canadian born and raised, Tracey Ellis spent most of her twenties being properly ‘Anglicised’ in the UK before moving to Paris nearly 3 years ago.  A journalism student and mother of two, she takes pride in being a ‘flaneur’ of the French capital, braving the city streets on a velib most days, absorbing every minute detail of its eccentric flavour, capturing it in words and on camera at every opportunity.

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Dave Guilford, 39, lives in the 16th with his wife, two sons, his mother, and two dogs. Most recently from New Orleans, where he lived for seven years, Dave is a freelance writer and longtime expat. In addition to his years in the States, he has lived in the Far East, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands, and is now happy to call Paris home. Dave has written for newspapers and magazines, and has a passion for travel. A longtime Secrets of Paris fan, Dave is proud to call himself a member of Heather's Posse.

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Camille Malmquist was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, with a one-year sabbatical in the heartland of the United States, and college in Eastern Washington State where she studied theater and French literature and developed a taste for regional wines and craft-brewed beers. After college, she spent some time in restaurants then bakeries in Southern California and Dallas. After three years of producing French-style pastry and cakes, Camille took the opportunity to move to France, and now works in a pâtisserie and chocolaterie in Paris. She spends her free time writing about her culinary adventures under the pseudonym Croque-Camille.

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Katie Noyer fell in love with Paris during her year abroad from Oriel College, Oxford, and has been living here since she finished her studies. A happy perk of Katie’s job in advertising is wining and dining clients in some of the capital’s top restaurants. Her French husband Cyril shares her passions for travel and food, and is a willing partner in Katie’s quest to review Paris’ best eating, drinking and dancing spots.

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Aileen O'Riordan, Irish, 31, living in Paris in the Marais for the last four years working as a lawyer. Interests include travel, music, wining and dining and meeting interesting people.

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Jeanne Suica has been buying and selling vintage and gently wornmodern clothing for over 15 years in New York City, London, and Paris. Prior to relocating to Europe, London three years ago and Paris just last year, she workedon Wall Street and owned aconsignment shop in New York. She owns her own company which specializes in selling vintage and modern collectable clothing www.jeannesuica.com and collaborates with a major auction house in searching for and evaluating pieces for upcoming auctions. She currently reside in Paris but travels frequently to London and New York City searching for hidden treasures in the closets of the most fashionable women and men in the world.

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Mark Tronco finds himself in Paris as a trailing spouse and willing houseboy for his wife, Cynthia. In a former time, he was the CTO for the City of Newark, New Jersey – America’s "Brick City" and owned and raced thoroughbreds in his spare time with his long-time friend, trainer Hal Downer. He now spends Fridays volunteering at the American Cathedral’s mission lunch and exploits every opportunity to hike in the French countryside. Mark encourages everyone to see him “run” in this year’s Paris Marathon, is first, and thoroughly enjoys it when Cynthia cautions "I just want to warn you – my husband is a boxer".

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Lisa Molle Troyer is a freelance translator and conference interpreter, which is every bit as daring and dramatic a career as Nicole Kidman would have you believe. Much to the relief of her family and friends, it also offers a more socially acceptable outlet for her language obsession, putting an end to semantic arguments over dinner. Born and raised in Toronto, educated in Southern California and now transplanted to Paris, she should probably be a die-hard urban dweller, but (not so) secretly prefers trees to bright lights. Between assignments, she sings American jazz with a French a cappella choir and continues her search for the perfect lindy hop venue in Paris.