Kate van den Boogert
Born : Berwick, Victoria, Australia
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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I grew up far, far away in Melbourne, Australia, and today I live in Château Rouge, Paris’s craziest and most exotic corner.
You created the ultimate Paris guide. Can you tell me how it all started?
It’s a long story. Gogo Paris started back in 2005 as a cultural fanzine for Paris cosmopolitan communities, in partnership with maverick Melbourne publisher Morry Schwartz. For the last ten years, Gogo has been surfing the zeitgeist as digital culture compels travel publishing to reinvent itself.
How do you choose the addresses you feature in your guides?
Gogo City Guides focus on the people and places that define the local scene: the shopkeepers, chefs, baristas, labels, designers, bakers, perfumers, jewelers, restaurateurs, hotels, etc., that matter,; that are significant to both the place and the time.
You know Paris very well. A secret place? This season’s hotspot?
Nothing is a secret in Paris! Someone has always gotten there first (unlike in Australia, where you can be alone on the world’s best beach).
Parisians are often complaining about how boring their town is. Your opinion on that?
A secret place in the world?
What are your next kilometres ?
The next cities for Gogo City Guides. How about Tokyo, Stockholm, Istanbul or Sydney?
Three spots in the world :
Billy Pilgrim’s home town in Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse Five’.
The city of mirrors, and setting for Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’.
Mervyn Peake’s masterpiece trilogy takes place in the remote realm of Gormenghast, where the Groan family rule from the vast castle of Gormenghast.