Like a village
What do you like best about Grey Lynn?
I like it because it’s a community – like a village with a neighbourhood feel. I like the mixture of people and the different styles of people. When we opened the business we felt very familiar with the community immediately, this is the thing here in New Zealand, but in Grey Lynn especially people are very polite, respectful, very nice people, the thing I like here are the people. Everybody takes care of everybody, it’s really nice. How long have you worked here and where are you originally from?
We have been in Grey Lynn for a year now. We were in France, then Reunion Island, Japan, for two years, a year in Corsica and another two in France. In 2009 while we were in Japan we visited New Zea- land for a holiday and from then on it was my dream to come to New Zealand with my family and children. I wanted to have a little cafe, just a little one with maybe two tables and sell really French things. What do you like least and how can we fix it?
There are a lot of big roads like Richmond Rd without pedestrian crossings for children and families to use. Who does the fish’n’chips?
Fish Smith in Herne Bay, I always go there. Who is the Kiwi you admire the most – and why?
Sir Peter Blake because he was very brave, very adventurous, he had his own ideas, he set a very good example and in France he is spoken about a lot. I love the America’s Cup.
best If I was Auckland’s mayor I’d . . .
Put in more bicycle lanes – it is a nightmare here for the bicycles. I would cycle but here I cannot, I ride in St Heliers because there is one on Tamaki Drive but here it’s very dangerous. In France we don’t have a lot either but they do in Holland and Denmark. I want to visit these countries. It’s amazing because everybody is on bikes. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .
Go Nordic walking with poles. I do that everywhere – in the park, in the Domain. The spot in Grey Lynn I’d recommend to tourists is . . .
Firstly – my cafe, you can learn a lot about France, we share a lot of stories here. But the second things is Grey Lynn Park – if you have children you can bike or play soccer.