If you’ve been following Soul.City news lately, you may have noticed that two of the largest US cities, New York and San Francisco were already set up for discovery.
Among the guides already available, Marie-Joëlle Parent, an absolute specialist in the subject is treating us with two new ones. Author of the book series “300 reasons to love“, she has already combed through these two iconic cities. With her guide “Artist” in San Francisco and “Romantic” in New York, she’s revealing her best addresses to us. Here is the portrait of an experienced traveler, in addition to her many other passions.
Marie-Joëlle Parent, a trend to follow
Born in Montreal, Marie-Joëlle Parent is a multi-media journalist, columnist, content creator and author. She’s been living in the US since 2009. She launched her guidebook 300 reasons to love New York in 2015, which became the first in a series that is constantly evolving with Marie-Joelle as its director. Her second guide, 300 reasons to love San Francisco, was published in October 2016.
As a multi-media correspondent for Quebecor for 6 years, she covered many significant events in the United States, from Barack Obama’s re-election to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center.
She’s conducted various major interviews with personalities such as Yoko Ono,
Tony Bennett, Johnny Hallyday, Paul Haggis, Lauren Bush, Cécilia Attias, Candace Bushnell, Jimmy Fallon, Alicia Keys, LarryKing and Moby.
Her Instagram account, which contains 12,000 odd photos, was named one of the Top 10 accounts to follow in 2013, according to French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.
She’s passionate about large cities and spends her life between San Francisco and New York.
Interview with Marie-Joëlle Parent
Check out our exclusive interview with Marie-Joëlle, live from San Francisco. She agreed to answer our questions, and reveals her motivations, ambitions, her love for traveling and even gives us a taste of projects she’s preparing!
La créatrice et auteure à succès du guide “300 raisons d’aimer New York”, Marie-Joëlle Parent, nous a accordé quelques minutes afin d’en savoir un peu plus sur elle et sur ce qui nous attend dans ses nouveaux parcours. Ici, elle y présente un itinéraire inédit créé sur mesure pour Soul.City : découvrir New York en en mode romantique !
Romantic or Artistic, two unique guides
Drawing on her experiences, “MJ” had no trouble imagining dynamic and original guides adapted to Soul.City and its users.
“I wanted to highlight the soul of each area”
For romantics, choose New York. The city views alone are well worth the detour and could form an itinerary in its own right. But New York isn’t just about endless skyscrapers. The city offers its share of open green spaces, far from noise yet at the centre of everything. An aspect that becomes more obvious as you get closer to Brooklyn. The famous Brooklyn Bridge is a monument in its own right, but it’s what’s on the other side that will delight romantics.
If you’re an artist at heart, destination San Francisco. The city is famous for its artistic touch, and is a constant source of inspiration. The rising cost of real estate has led artists to come up with increasingly ingenious solutions to set up their work shops, providing new and unique galleries. This artistic streak extends to the cafes and restaurants of the city, pure joy for novelty fans!