Soon after moving to Paris in 2010 as a  Masters student, I began to blog about my new ‘home’.  I would be in Paris for a minimum of two years. So, I started posting random thoughts and experiences into the ether on ‘anonsparis.blogspot.com’.

The blog would be a way to share what I was seeing with family and friends. In truth, I knew I was blogging into the void but would take joy in satisfying the urge to write, even if no one ever read the blog.

The choice to write as ‘Anon’ underscores this intended anonymity. I wanted to blog anonymously, as one of the millions of people living in – and through – the city of lights.

After two years, I started working toward a PhD and began living between Paris and London. I also took on a PhD thesis that fed my  growing appetite to explore and live in  both cities.

In my  professional (and named) blogging and academic study , I research and blog about – in very broad terms –  the ‘Americanisation’ of urban politics and urban spaces in Paris and London.

‘Anon’s Paris’ became more and more about exploring Paris (and its history) and to a lesser degree, London too.

Somewhere along this grad student journey,  I became interested in the senses and how they shape our experience of cities.   So, this blog increasingly takes an interest in how the senses shape experience of the cities and how they have shaped people’s experiences of  Paris and London in the past.

So, along with scattered and random postings about Paris and London, this blog has a special interest in exploring the relationship between these cities and the senses. Call it a ‘sense and the city’ blog (I suspect this phrase may attract some eye rolling).

The rate of posting  here is, alas, quite ‘punctuated’ – filled with loads of parentheses but I post as much as life allows.

Thank you for visiting, and  please do come back soon.

I hope that you enjoy a slice of Paris – and London – from the perspective of a grad student living between these two great cities!

Bienvenue! Welcome…

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for “liking” my blog entry. I am so happy you did ’cause now I know about your blog. It’s beautiful and I look forward to following it! I too have a fall foliage obsession! Headed out to parks tomorrow to take more pictures.

  2. anonsparis says:

    Thanks for the reply Rebecca! I really liked stumbling upon your blog – especially given that you’ve been around Europe for a a few years. It’s an interesting perspective to learn from – and be inspired by!

  3. bri says:

    Thanks for liking my post Paris 6th. Your blog is great – loved the music posts and your sheer enjoyment of this beautiful city.

  4. TheSpanishLondoner says:

    Thank you for the ‘like’! I’ll soon be rummaging through your blog, looks great!

  5. anonsparis says:

    Thank you for the kind comment!

  6. anonsparis says:

    Wow! Quite an honour to have your comment – your photography work is really impressive. Thanks for popping by and for the comment!

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by. How lucky you are to spend two years in beautiful Paris! I love your blog 🙂

  8. Lucky you! Enjoy 🙂

  9. anonsparis says:

    Thank you!! 🙂

  10. anonsparis says:

    Thank you ! 🙂

  11. RFW says:

    paris – one of my favorite cities – how great to be there for two years!

  12. anonsparis says:

    Thanks for popping by. I alsohave to agree on the second part. I’m really grateful to be here for two years!

  13. Hi! Thanks for liking the blog entry and if you ever wish to sing…you know who to contact!

  14. rimboval says:

    Really enjoying your site. I’ve written pieces about Paris over the last few months but you have the advantage of actually living there. How I envy you, and also my brother and sister-in-law’s flat in the Marais!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I’ve nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger Award! It’s been so fun to read about your adventures, I’m sure my readers will also enjoy following you!
    Here’s the details: http://scottybecca.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/bloggers-are-so-nice/

  16. What a thoughtful blog – a real pleasure to read. Your parks of Paris reminded me of a stat I read recently: There are apparently 384,000 trees in Paris, both Bois included.
    Anyway, thank you lots,

  17. mashashin says:

    Hello, thank you for reading my blog and nominating it for a Versatile Blogger Award!)) It’s really flattering because I’m quite new here in wordpress. Happy to share my photo experiences with Paris lovers;-)
    Thanks again,

  18. bemiam says:

    Hi – You have a very nice blog! For what does ‘AnonsParis’ stand for?

  19. anonsparis says:

    Hi! Thanks for the kind comment! Well, ‘Anon’s’ is I guess was my way of saying that it is a blog by an Anonymous, unknown person who just happens to be in Paris for some time. My way of saying I have nothing interesting to write about myself really – so better to keep record of Paris instead 🙂

  20. bemiam says:

    All right, that’s funny because if you change only one letter, you get ‘A nous Paris’. A French thing 😉

  21. Thank you following Trade News in Brief, it a pleasure to make new connections! Bogdan

  22. Merci de suivre mon blog. d–0.o–b

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