About Karen


Travel planning grows more complicated every year—which is why the advice of an expert can make all the difference. I’m Karen Kane. I founded Paris by Design in 2001 to share my love for and knowledge of Paris and Montreal.

Knowledgeable. My work is built on my passion for Paris and my knowledge of the French culture, which I’ve been studying for more than 30 years. I draw on a deep understanding of two vibrant French cities, and a wide circle of friends and colleagues in the US and abroad.

Experienced. As a former Paris resident, I’m committed to helping you see French culture through the eyes of someone who has lived there. I’ll introduce you to aspects of two fabulous cities you might otherwise miss. I’ll share secrets that only years of exploration and study can reveal.

Karen-gardens1200x1798Dedicated. Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to me. I want your visit to be as close to perfect as possible. I focus on the details of your trip to make sure that you get everything you need. And I strive to exceed your expectations, every time.

Looking ahead. When I was 11, discovering the French language and culture changed the direction of my life. Now I’m grateful to be able to offer Travel Scholarships to young people interested in discovering my beloved second culture. If you know a student interested in traveling to Paris, please let him or her know!

Please get in touch if you have questions about tours, travel planning, or would like references. I wish you happy travels, wherever you hope to go.

Karen-arcade1200x1798A bientôt!

Karen Kane, unabashed lover of all things French, and founder, Paris by Design