Where were you born?
Paris. I had the impression I could do everything I wanted; there's so much to do, from the cinema and theatre to outdoor activities.
Where do you live now?
Paris. I like walking through the streets, viewing the city as if I were a tourist.
If money were no object, where would you live?
Besides Paris, for which I have a special affinity, there are so many cities in the world where I could live, at least for a while, such as New York, Buenos Aires, Rome and Hong Kong.
Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
I love shopping in London. There are so many small stores where you can buy English-style clothes, which I love. I also like Hong Kong for its convenient shopping, as well as the number of brands and boutiques.
Which are your favourite Paris stores?
Aubercy (34 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris) is a family-owned shoe manufacturer. They provide real professional quality as well as exceptional service. Fnac, as I love being able to wander around one store, looking for nothing in particular and being able to buy everything from cultural items to specialised electronic items. Vitra (40 rue Violet, 75015 Paris) – I love the collection of famous designer furniture.
And your favourite restaurants?
La Corte (320 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001) is a family-owned Italian restaurant known only by the few Italian-initiated Parisians! The food and the service are as good as the restaurant is difficult to find. Le Relais Plaza (21 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris) is a Parisian institution where famous clientele from all over the world come to experience and taste a true moment of happiness, thanks to Werner, who runs this restaurant like a maestro. Le Relais d’Auteuil (31 boulevard Murat, 75016 Paris) is set away from the very touristy highlights of Paris. This restaurant still maintains French haute gastronomie thanks to the talent of its warm and friendly chef, Patrick Pignol. Le Scheffer (22 rue Scheffer, 75016 Paris) is for those who want to discover a typically Parisian bistrot which is well-known in the neighbourhood for its exquisite cuisine in an exclusive district of Paris. I appreciate the family atmosphere and the very warm welcome.
Do you have a favourite local café?
Le Petit Vendôme (8 rue des Capucines, 75002 Paris) is located next to place Vendôme. It's almost unbelievable that such a cafe still exists in Paris and hasn’t changed for the last 30-40 years! It still serves the best baguette sandwich.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
Sainte-Chapelle, lost in the grounds of the Palais de Justice on l’Île de la Cité, is a masterpiece of gothic art and in fact consists of two chapels. The medieval decor in the lower chapel is absolutely amazing and the stained glass in the higher chapel is quite simply breathtaking.
Can you reveal any secret spots?
The only private cemetery in Paris, where one of my ancestors was buried next to General Lafayette’s tomb.
In your opinion, which is the best attraction in Paris?
Paris was born on the river Seine and as you walk along it you can see the most beautiful buildings ever built.
Which do you think is the best museum in Paris?
Even though the Louvre is well known, there are always so many things to discover within this fabulous museum. You can go every day of the year, but there will still be things that you won’t have seen.
Which person from Paris do you most admire and why?
Professor David Khayat; he has dedicated his whole life to fighting cancer.
Which insider tip would you offer to visitors?
Keep on walking and lose your way.
Where do you most like to travel for inspiration?
India and some hidden spots in South Asia.
Which product can’t you live without?
My Nikon camera – it’s my third eye.