I have been in love with Paris in particular, France in general – for as long as I can remember. It took ages for us to meet! But when we did, it was un coup de foudre – absolute love at first sight! It was New Year’s Eve 1999. I have spent many weeks in France since then, and each time – I erupt with happiness just to be there.
My name is Gai Reid and I am a story teller. I love Berthillon ice cream from the Ile-Saint-Louis, proper chocolate and almond croissant. Mozart sends me into raptures, I can’t resist Art Deco jewellery and I’m in remission from a long term shoe addiction. I’m an art /culture/history geek and I can’t figure out why I wasn’t born in France. It feels like home.
In primary school I was constantly snapped back into the classroom by the teacher. I was off on little adventures in my head. But I avoided writing, believing my creative skills were all about art and needlework.
I studied Graphic Design which led me to the television industry. I was soon seduced by production, working on factual programs including documentaries. I developed my writing skills and discovered the value of research.
Since my first visit to France, I have read a ton of books and blogged bout France, sharing my photos and my stories. I’ve written travel features for magazines and newspapers. What really makes me sparkle is finding the right words and framework to share the joy that fills me so utterly when I am hearing the French language, absorbing the history, staring at the art and architecture, relishing the food and wine or just walking in Paris.
Writing about France, creating a mini-movie on the page is now what keeps me invigorated until I can board another flight for Charles de Gaulle Paris to collect more stories to share.
When I’m not dreaming about France, I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with my adorable partner. Neil is also a writer and I have convinced him how awesome it will be when we spend serious time traveling around France later this year 🙂