Last night I arrived! I believe City of Light refers more to the fact that Paris was considered a city of enlightened people rather than a beautifully-illuminated town. Took the Eurostar from St. Pancras train station just down from my dorm room in London. The journey wasn't what I thought it would be. Firstly, it's mostly overground whereas I was expecting more underground travel since people refer to it as the chunnel to Paris. And secondly, we got there so fast! I barely had time for a cat nap and a read and I was there.
Got out at Gare du Nord and found my travel buddy Callie, who had missed our train and had to catch a later one. We got a cab to our place on Boulevard de la Villette - a very old building. Had to climb 5 flights of winding stairs to get to the apartment. Our host and hostess were Arnaud and his neighbor Colette - very sweet lady who even helped me carry my suitcase up those stairs. She reminded me a lot of my friend Isabelle's mother. We found the place through a site called Airbnb, where people put rooms in their houses/apartments up for rent. It's usually less expensive than a hotel, but not always. And it can give you the advantage of getting to know a local who's familiar with the area. Unfortunately Arnaud was away at a film fest (he's an actor), so Colette got us settled in.
Today I'm not sure where my adventures will take me. I have a few places in mind, but we'll see where my feet wander. You'll just have to tune in tomorrow to find out! hee hee
GUEST WRITER'S BIO
Vicki Speegle is an award-winning screenwriter whose feature script LOVED ONES was in development at Amazon Studios and was a finalist for best screenplay. Her screenplay DEAREST was a finalist for the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and her television pilot THE WAKES OF WILBUR POE recently placed in the finals of Slamdance.
Vicki grew up the daughter of a gay single mom turned pastor in Akron, Ohio, where she helped take care of her two younger brothers, an experience that provided fodder for a number of short stories and scripts. Her infatuation with storytelling began at the age of five when she sent a love letter to Donny Osmond, and since then she has worked an eclectic mix of jobs to support her writing habit, including 4 years in the U.S. Navy tracking nuclear submarines on a tiny island called Adak, Alaska, assistant to a very eccentric New York City artist, and a brief bout as the world’s worst waitress. Vicki studied music performance and education at Akron University before making the move to New York University, where she earned her BFA in Film & Television Production. During her studies at NYU she interned as assistant to the editor for Ken Burns’ production of THE WEST. She wrote, directed, and produced several shorts, including her thesis film OLDER, which went on to screen at the Tribeca Underground Film Festival and won 2nd place in the Pioneer Theatre Short Film Slam in New York City.
After graduating from NYU, Vicki joined Rigas Entertainment as assistant to the Director of Development, helping in the development of feature films with directors Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) and Maggie Greenwald (SongCatcher). In 2005 Vicki began shooting a documentary about her mother’s struggle to reconcile her faith as a pastor with her advancing Alzheimer’s. The project is currently in post-production and has garnered the support of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). In 2007 Vicki’s screenplay LOVED ONES placed in the top 5 of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition and won Screenplay Live at the Rochester Film Festival. Her works have placed in several other competitions, including Women in Film, Chesterfield, and American Zoetrope. Vicki’s credits include a teen comedy for Applause Films and radio scripts for Wynton Marsalis, Director of Jazz At Lincoln Center.
Vicki lives and works as a writer, filmmaker, and web producer in New Jersey. She is still waiting for Donny’s response.