about sophie nadeau

First things first: welcome to solosophie.

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. These things are always pretty awkward to begin, but if you want a peek at the behind the scenes of my life, you can check out my secret Instagram. Otherwise, as the site name would suggest, my name is Sophie.

I’ve spent the majority of my life living in England, though I also hold a Canadian passport and spent some of my childhood living in the USA. I love coffee, history, Paris, Harry Potter, dogs, books, coffee, and wine (though not necessarily in that order!)

Self-confessed francophile and avid reader, I moved to Paris in 2015… That same year I started this blog. I originally created this space online to share my passion for, well, life (but mainly travel). On this blog, you’ll now find quirky, cultural and chic adventures in Europe and beyond. Somehow, I’ve managed to make this blogging gig my full-time job and so the website is now updated on a daily basis!

Head here often enough and you can also expect to find photography tips, quirky trivia & a continual stream of wanderlust inspiration. I’m all about exploring your own backyard just as much as hopping on a plane. After, all, adventure is often just around the corner: this blog is all a reflection of that mindset.

sophie nadeau eiffel tower

Who am I?

So who am I? Well, I grew up in a small village in the English Countryside and it was pretty beautiful. My parents still live there and I visit as often as I can. I miss my dog, Watson, lots too (and you’ll see him on my Instagram page if you check there often enough)!

At 18, I moved away to study at university and spent the next few years living in London. While living in the UK’s capital city, I volunteered in several museums (my favourite being the Sir John Soane Museum!), worked in cafés, worked in retail, and made the most of living so close to so many incredible historical sites, as well as getting to meet some amazing people. And while I loved my time in London, I’m not sure I would ever move back!

At the age of 21, I moved to Paris, France as part of a study abroad programme. Around that same time, I also picked up my first camera and started taking photos, documenting my time in France on this blog. I then returned to London to finish my degree before moving away again to the English countryside for a couple of years.

While there, I spent every waking moment working on this little corner of the internet and I’m now very lucky that this blog is a full-time job and I travel whenever I can! I currently live in Paris, France and you can read more about my favourite spots in the city here.

I hope you’ll like it here.

about sophie nadeau

P.s. I’m currently writing a book so watch this space! I also run a second blog based entirely on the UK (escapetobritain), as well as a YouTube Channel. Other than travelling and photography, one of my favourite home-based interests is indoor gardening. You can find my plant website at The City Wild.

P.p.s. the photo was taken by my sister (

Still want to know more? Check out my F.A.Q page!


  • Håkan Jennervik
    23rd March 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Just fascinating this place in Cornwall. Never seen it before, but been to Teignmouth some years ago. But Polperro just sunnedme!!
    Greetings Erik

  • ben MASSY
    14th February 2021 at 6:56 pm

    I came here while searching for the locations of the Guernsey potato peel soceiaty film , I saw the film and I ve been living about 7 years on the island , so I couldn’t recognize the places albeit the ressamblance is very good . . But the scene with the airplane on the beach sands , I knew this is not possible in Guernsey , I must admit the film was very ‘catchy ‘ and brought me lots of remember moments , and more because I left the island 20 years ago and had to leave my son overthere . I see him if possible once a year , but I miss the whole friendship and the life on Guernsey like it is more or less in the film .. thx for the info on the locations , I love England , have been there several times travelling . it has a special place in my heart , next to Italy where I have some of s my best friends and where I found also something special ( Benjamin 73 )

  • Margot
    13th July 2020 at 8:17 am

    Hi I just found you and will take a look around. I am watching a new movie called ‘The Old Guard’ with Charlize Theron on Nextflix and it has some scenes set in Goussaline and the script mentioned why it was abandoned (the airport :() so I looked it up and one of the links I clicked on brought me here 🙂

  • Manolo
    1st March 2020 at 9:58 am

    i love it and thanks for the experience to share

  • layla
    4th December 2019 at 8:53 pm

    i love your pretty pictures:):):):):):):):)

  • Nabila Savarina
    18th May 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I think I should have to visit your blog every time because so many interesting things inside. I really admiring your blog, such an amazing! You had great combinations between travel and culture.

  • gavroche
    3rd April 2018 at 7:44 pm

    hi Sophie as far as le passage du Grand Cerf a Paris ,you should explore the relation with the real original owner CERF BERR.

  • Valérie
    19th December 2017 at 9:06 pm


    Je me permets de rajouter pour Les Jardins du Mess, à Verdun….un espace d’art contemporain….avec une quarantaine d’oeuvres….merci

  • Betsy summers
    19th May 2017 at 3:37 pm

    HI sophie! I am at the other end of the age spectrum from you but I love your posts!!! I was lucky enough to teach in England for 15 summers in Cambridge ( as part of an American program teaching american kids). It tutor math in the usa but am an anglophile at heart. I have seen lots of england traveling around in a little rented van shopping for antiques. Anyway, I also have gotten to go to Paris often as well. Since I have had a lot of “free” time during this summer adventures, I have seen almost all of the “usual” sites in Paris and a lot of English countryside. So this summer the program is over and I am , like you, “going solo”! I came across your posts and have added a number of your suggestions to my list. Now I fear I have not allowed enough time! I am so excited about coming to Paris and to London , sans anyone! Thank you so much for all of your posts and blogs. I am looking forward to using them as a springboard for my summer adventure! I would love to find another job like the one I had for these many years in england. So I am on the lookout! Keep going with your educational plan and get that degree but dont give up your blog and your passion for travel… You are doing a great job!

  • ToniAnn
    5th February 2017 at 5:53 am

    🙂 congrats! gl on your book!

  • Cassidy
    12th December 2016 at 6:06 am

    Great page! I have a similar story and I just couldn’t help but notice how good of a writer you are <3 I followed you in Instagram! @cassidyslockett

  • Sabrina
    9th June 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Sophie,

    I totally share your passion for traveling. 😀 I also love exploring and learning new languages. Hahahaha and the question ‘window or aisle’ is really redundant. I also choose window every time 😉

  • Emily
    22nd February 2016 at 4:54 pm

    So thrilled to have found another travelling classicist 🙂 How are you finding the a6000? Hoping to get hold of one in Bolvia but postage is proving a little tricky!

  • Astarie Dennis
    25th January 2016 at 2:12 am

    This is so awesome! I can relate to this feeling. At 19 I moved hours away from my home and lived on my own ever since. I love your sense of adventure. Can’t wait to see more!

  • Lizzy
    31st December 2015 at 6:07 am

    Great story! Can’t wait to do something similar myself! I have a quick question because you mentioned you are studying in Paris….are you doing so through an exchange program from a university in your home country or did you just apply with the university in Paris with intentions do complete your entire degree in France??? 🙂


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