Annabel Simms was born in England, of Hungarian parentage. In 1991 she came to Paris on a year's sabbatical from her job as a college lecturer in London, and never left. She now works as a freelance journalist, editor and English teacher.
An Hour From Paris, her 2002 guide to 20 little-known places in the Paris countryside accessible by train, was the fruit of more than ten years' happy exploring of the Paris region (Ile de France) by train and on foot. It will soon be entering its third edition, as both print and ebook.
She is currently putting the finishing touches to An Hour From Dinner, a collection of traditional European recipes she has adapted for quick and easy stovetop cooking in her Paris studio, while preparing 20 new visits for An Hour From Paris, Book Two.
She has written on independent travel in and around Paris and in other countries for the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Independent and Mail on Sunday, as well as on Paris restaurants, sailing, dancing, yoga and bird-watchers.