Gatherings virtually and in Paris of storytelling enthusiasts from across the globe

« More than a story, it was a show too ! »

« Each time is a renewed pleasure to be here. Super ! »

« Merci for a beautiful artistic night »

« What an opportunity to meet new people and discover new things »

« It was incredibly inspiring ! Just what I needed »

Storytelling Salon with Edith de Belleville

Paris Tour Guide and Author

June 19th 20:15 – 22:00 (CEST Paris) via ZOOM








    This Storytelling Salon features Edith de Belleville who was a French attorney at law for more than twenty years before deciding to share her love for the city where she was born…..Paris. For this reason, at 50 she returned to university and became a licensed tour guide. Since 2017 she has taken guests on tours on-site and virtually covering themes such as the Courteseans of la Belle Époque, Fashion & Passion at the time of Marie-Antoinette, Roaring Twenties in Paris, Women of Impressionism, The Women of Moulin Rouge, and Literary Saint-Germain-des-Prés, She also presents at cafes across Paris such as Les Deux Magots, Le Select, Le Café de Flore and others. Additionally, she teaches the Jewish Heritage in Paris at the Gustave Eiffel University. Inspired by so many great French women she is Author of “Belles et Rebelles, á l’ombre des Grandes Parisiennes (The beautiful female rebels of Paris) which will soon be translated in English. Her second book titled“Tea with Coco Chanel” is in English will be published in 2021. It is the story of a romantic and intellectual Parisienne who likes having  tea with Coco Chanel, flirting with Hemingway and fighting with Napoléon.

    At this Storytelling Salon the focus is the Parisian Salons of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Edith will take us virtually on a walking tour in the Marais and show us the locations of the salons of Ninon de  Lenclos, Madame de Sévigné, Madeleine de Scudéry and tell the stories of these great women, all of strong temperament who lived in the time of Louis XIV.  With Edith as our expert guide we will discover:

    * How the Parisian Salons evolved over the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

    * The most famous women who held the role of Hostess or Saloniere.

    * What took place at these salons and who attended.

    * How Proust and his questionnaire featured at the salons.

    * How the salons were integral to the Enlightenment.

    Edith is found here:

    This is the first Storytelling Salon since covid that is hybird. Guests can join onsite in Paris for a 5-course dinner with champagne at 19:00 Paris CET (see menu below). Guests via ZOOM  join at 20:15 Paris CET. Seats are limited. RSVP and the ZOOM link or onsite location details (near Republique) are sent in advance. For more information see the Storytelling Salon siteFacebook and Instagram.    

                                                             Your Host in Paris,


    What is a Storytelling Salon?

    Monthly virtual and on-site events featuring a Storyteller (Singer, Actor, Musician, Magician, Impersonator, Performer, Artist, Author, Dancer), who tells their story and ENTERTAINS, ENTHRALLS, EDUCATES, ENLIGHTENS or any combination thereof. Hosted from Paris by Bernadette Martin.

    Who are the Storytellers ?

    Entertainers, Artists, Impersonators, Musicians, Actors, Performers, Magicians, Authors, Singers, and Dancers who will ENTERTAIN, AMUSE, EDUCATE, ENTHRALL, ENLIGHTEN or any combination thereof and tell their story

    Who attends ?

    Storytelling enthusiasts join virtually from around the world and guests attend on-site in Paris to mingle, interact and to be entertained.

    What is the cost and how to RSVP ?

    General Admission is 10 Euros with “tip jar” for Storyteller or contribution to Storytellers favorite charity. RSVP on Eventbrite site HERE. To view previous 70 + events click PAST EVENTS

    What is the flow of a Storytelling Salon ?

    Guests check in via ZOOM and channeled to breakout rooms for pre-event mingling. Welcome by Host Bernadette Martin.
    Introduction of Storyteller who shares their story and entertains, enlightens, educates or any combination thereof. Q&A from guests. Post event mingling.

    Rebecca Venture




    Date : TBD

    Yuliya Georgieva

    Architect &
    Oriental Dancer

    July 17th

    Saturday July 17th

    19:00-22:00 CET Paris onsite w/dinner
    20:15-22:00 CET Paris via ZOOM

    Thierry Collegia

    French Historical
    Tour Guide &
    Napoleon Specialist

    August 28th

    19:00 - 22:00 CET Paris onsite w/dinner
    20:15 - 22:00 CET Paris via ZOOM

    Bernadette Martin

    Founder and Host

    Hello, bonjour and thank you for visiting the Storytelling Salon site. My story – I am originally from Los Angeles of Irish, German, and French descent and have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US.  Since 2002, I call Paris and Seattle home and feel truly“Euro-American”. I launched in 2016 (with almost 100 to date), the Storytelling Salons as a modern-day reflection of the 17th and 18th century Parisian Salons. Adapted to the 21st century, the Storytelling Salons gather online and in-person here in Paris, storytelling enthusiasts from across the globe featuring a Storyteller (performers, writers, artists), who entertain, enthrall, enlighten AND share their story. As host of these salons I am delighted to welcome virtually and here in Paris, guests from all walks of life and nationalities who share a common thread and passion for storytelling. Here I want to introduce the Storytelling Salon Team.
    Yours in story,

    Sami Scot

    Music Accompanist

    Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Sami classically trained on the accordion at 5. Transitioning to keyboards and piano she joined a band at 10. Since, she has toured the world, notably France, Japan and Sweden, as a singer and pianist in leading hotels, cruise lines, restaurants and clubs. Home is now Chicago where she is a performance coach and created the PopUP Piano Bar Series.

    Michelle Ou


    Intellectually romantic globetrotter, Michelle lived in China, England, Australia and Hong Kong, before settling in Paris six years ago. A marketing consultant, brand strategist and culinary experience curator, in her spare time she practices the art of storytelling through gastronomy and photography.

    Rob Sitbon

    Web designer

    Rob Sitbon is a webmaster, photographer and filmmaker. He studied at ESRA, one of the leading Film School in Paris. He shoots on location throughout the world. Rob is also an advertising and fashion photographer, whose work is published in ELLE Magazine, Gala, Voici, Femme Actuelle and on billboards. As a director his movie The War has participated in the « Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival » at the Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema.

    Yukié Matsushita

    Art Director
    Illustrator & Graphic Designer

    Yukié is an artist with a multicultural background: Japanese, American, and French. She studied art and worked as a graphic designer in NYC, then moved to Paris in 1994. Author of "ABC & Phonétique," and other books, Yukié also creates productivity planners that incorporate "mind-mapping".

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