The opening scene of The First Daughter takes place in Paris in a fictional hotel called the Colombe d’Or. However, other locations mentioned are not made up. I found some spots in Paris that were too provocative not to write about. For example, near the market at Rue Cler is a small side street called Rue Amelie, where you can find the crepe café and a small boutique selling fascinators, visited by a couple of my characters.
I had visited this particular area in 2015 and enjoyed a quite fantastic ham and (Gruyère) cheese crepe at Creperie Le Crepuscule. As I sat in the tiny, tiny space alongside locals, a small chapel-shaped structure directly across the street captured my imagination. Though I am still not certain what is housed in it, in my book, it became the location of a catalyzing event in The First Daughter.
I am returning to Paris in a couple of days to explore some locations for the novel that I am currently writing. After all, Paris is my favorite city. And since I go there as often as I can, I will be collecting some of the magic and the mystery hidden in little known Parisian enclaves. Stay tuned for my travel logs exploring locations that could find their way into my stories.