Parisian Babe Secret: What's Age Got To Do With It?

My friend Anne Lipscomb is a former award-winning public relations manager who developed multiple chemical sensitivity in 1993. She became one of only a handful of people in the state of Washington to receive workers’ compensation for illness related to sick-building syndrome. “When I could finally contemplate a vacation abroad, after 14 years of being forced to live housebound, visiting Paris quickly rose to the top of my wish list”...

“I longed to experience the rich sensuality of the city after having been deprived of much stimulation and pleasure for so many years. And after having spent much of my childhood in Africa, I yearned to rediscover my adventurous self, which had been dormant for far too long.

babe-p1Paris had once been a very big part of my life, beginning with my time there as a college exchange student, and then later as a vacation destination where I visited family and my French host family. I treasured its vibrant art and cultural life, its fabulous food and café culture, and the beauty of its architecture and parks.
In many respects, the value that the French place on relationships, community, the pleasures of life, and the senses aligns more closely with my priorities and who I am - especially with who I have become since my illness.

My dream of living in Paris for part of each year emerged when I discovered, on my holiday there, that my health fared much better in the city of lights - in part because the climate suits my constitution and the level of chemicals in their food and air is lower than in Seattle, among other things.

But my Paris dream also emerged because illness and disability changed my priorities. As I reflected upon how sickness had deprived me of so many experiences, I realized there were still things in life I desired that might yet be possible. Having a magnificent moment in my life became a priority, which is why I was willing to invest huge amounts of effort and money to make Paris possible.

babe-p2Also, a central challenge of my sickness continues to be keeping my life from becoming a vacuum, isolated and sealed off from the outside world, so I saw living in Paris as a wonderful way to enlarge my world and replenish myself.

In the end, going to Paris may not have felt like the relaxed, extended vacation that I thought it would be, but it certainly was a grand adventure that brought rich texture and a new dimension to a life that has been so deprived of so many experiences”.

Anne Lipscomb -

© credit and video pictures: Anne Lipscomb

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Catherine - Lifestyle

Bonjour, my name is Catherine. I live in the heart of Paris. I’ve always loved to travel and, over the years, I developed it into a real art: the right addresses, the suitcase, how to manage fatigue with my Parisian look! From Cannes to Antigua, from the red carpet to Pilates, I have to live up to the reputation. I have small apartments in Paris that I rent out. I love to personally welcome my guests and give them some recommendations about life in Paris “living like a true Parisian and not like a simple tourist in an elegant private suit in the heart of the city”.

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Edizione Italiana

Edita da RIZZOLI, Sophie la Parigina è una guida di stile moderna su PARIGI. Illustrata dai disegni di Alessandra Ceriani, completata da un elenco degli indirizzi preferiti dalla parigina e arricchita di ricette gastronomiche.


English Edition

Published by RIZZOLI New York, Sophie the Parisian'sis a modern life style guide about PARIS. Illustrated with color drawings, complemented by a list of Parisians' favorite locations and enriched with gastronomic recipes.

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