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 rewarding but 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 is now in its third edition, as both print and ebook.
She is currently putting the finishing touches to 10 completely new daytrips for Half An Hour From Paris, to be published soon.
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, cargo ship travel, dancing, yoga and Paris bird-watchers.