© Jessie Kanelos

Long before thefrancofly had pictures, illustrations, or Paris as its backdrop, I was working as a costume production assistant in New York.  Glamorous moments, yes.  Knee-deep in snow in one of the brutalist winters to date, where no boots were waterproof enough, about to pass off a bowl of chili to my boss on set, Phillip Seymour Hoffman walked over and asked, “You gonna eat that?”.  “No, it’s just keeping my hands warm,” I murmured bug-eyed.  Completely frightened, I handed the paper bowl of chili off to Phil and I skipped away as quickly as I could.  But for every moment like that, there were weeks were I was lugging around garment bags and Starbucks orders to unknown destinations in New Jersey.  Nevertheless, at times like those, I was thinking fondly of Paris.  But I had no idea how I would ever make it back.  Or let alone, what I would ever do if so.

But what started out as a few foodie musings direct from NYC has morphed into an illustrated snapshot of my new transcontinental exploits in Paris, France.   Thefrancofly has transformed into a tremendous creative outlet, reigniting my passion for both writing and illustration.  With wider eyes, I am appreciating the beauty of Paris a little more every day, a city in which since most recently I only had lukewarm feelings for.  And if anything else, with so many wacky transitions (the phonebook of paperwork, the sky-high price of peanut butter and low-tech downgrades), thefrancofly has become a wonderful source of catharsis, making this new world a little bit funnier and a little easier to swallow.


So dear readers, if the sentimentality has not lost you already, I just want to say thank you for joining me along the way.



. . . . .

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest


  1. thefrancofly says:

    Enjoying just about every moment of it. Thanks for reading, Irene.

  2. Irene Sommers says:

    I knew someone was living my dream life in Paris–enjoy. Irene

  3. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks for reading, Cheryl! My parents are the best PR people I can afford.

    If you post my site on your Facebook page, I’ll send you a limited edition francofly postcard. Just be sure to send me your mailing address.

    Much Love From Paris,

  4. Really enjoying your blog Jesse! I’m glad your Dad passed it on to us:)
    You’re living the dream as far as I’m concerned…creating, writing, loving…and top that off with living in Paris!!

  5. Cynthia Lewis says:

    Mille mercis and congratulations! I love your “charm bracelet” with French and American charms plus a “francofly….

  6. k k says:

    Congrats, Little One…you look great for 100!! Love, Aunt Kathy


  7. Sophia says:

    Felicitations, chere Jessie! I still love your fantastic Paris posts and your beautiful watercolors! Keep it up 🙂 bises!

  8. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks so much Karene!

    Greetings from Paris.

  9. thefrancofly says:

    I appreciate it, Christine!

  10. Karene says:

    Congratulations! It’s been fun to follow you 🙂

  11. Christine says:

    Congratulations on your 100 posts, and on learning to appreciate Paris a little more each day 🙂

Leave a Reply