A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.
A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who's worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods, old movies on crackly screens, and the endless challenge of polishing her French.
Courtney lived, worked, and studied in Paris full-time for over a decade. In that time, she has come to know the ins and outs of what Paris has to offer-- and has also become familiar with the city's quirks and irritating points.
She is co-author of the 2012 Michelin Green Guide to Northern France and the Paris Region, and has reported multiple stories on French politics, arts, fashion and culture for media outlets including the Associated Press, Radio France Internationale and Condé Nast. She has also worked as a University lecturer and trade magazine reporter in Paris. In early 2017, she launched Paris Unlocked, a new site on which she's sharing personal travel tips and stories, and offering in-depth features on the city's long and fascinating history.
Additionally, Courtney is the co-founder of WordTailors, an editorial agency particularly specialized in the tourism, arts & cultural heritage sectors, and offering diverse editorial & content development services.
Her firsthand knowledge of French culture and language gives her an insider's perspective of Paris-- although she does occasionally long for the ocean air and informal, 'in-with-the-new' ethos of her native California at times.
Courtney has been interviewed by the BBC and ABC (Australian Public Radio) as an authority on Paris culture and tourism. About.com Paris Travel has also been mentioned in major news outlets including The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and USA Today, as well as on specialized sites such as Elite Daily and The Local.
Courtney earned a B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master's in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and a Doctorate in English from the University of Oxford. She has also completed professional courses in video, radio journalism and new media.
I became a hopeless Francophile somewhere in my pre-teens. I amused-- and mildly exasperated-- my mother by carefully labeling furniture, walls, windows and refrigerators with their respective names in French.
Later, in high school French class, a dusty textbook circa 1970 showing a sepia photo of students at the Sorbonne cemented my fixation. I was determined to find a way to live in Paris one day.
Realizing that dream has been an inspiring (if at times rollercoaster-like) ride. I never stop falling in love with this city and its dizzy beauty. One thing about Paris: once it gets into you, you can never shake it off.
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