About me

A recent of photo of me in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

A recent of photo of me in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

My name is Roisin, and I have recently graduated from University of York, having achieved a First Class Honours BA in History of Art.  Now I start a new adventure in my life, as this year I will be taking a break from Education and becoming an Au Pair in Paris. Although a scary prospect, this will certainly be one of my life time highlights and I cannot wait to get started. Although this blog was originally begun as a form of documenting my journey as an Undergraduate student, I have now transformed this into my own-personal blog, where you can read about what I am up to. As a self proclaimed ‘geek’, you’ll still find tips and general ramblings about study and all things academia, just with a splash of French Parisian life for good measure.

When I am not staring at the computer screen or delving into the written word on paper, I am either painting or playing tennis – passions that I hope to continue whilst in Paris.

Regarding academia, my current research interests focus on the medieval, especially French Medieval Gothic Sacred art and architecture. You could say that I am some-what obsessed with all things Medieval, and i hope to pursue further research and study in the future. The one thing that I love about this particular period, is that it goes against what people typically think about the Middle Ages. I remember learning (although very briefly) a little about the Middle Ages, and being told that it was all about ‘the dark ages’, and since my time in York and studying, The reality could not be further from the truth. The Medieval period is one of the most beautiful, and richly artistic of them all, and I am so passionate about learning more about it.

You can check out my photos on my Flickr account here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/118377543@N07/

My Linkedin profile: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/roisin-astell/58/836/54b

Twitter: @roisin_grace

If you would like to get in touch with me regarding writing potential articles etc, feel free to drop me an email at: roisin.astell@gmail.com


  1. It seems that You love Paris very much after seeing Your many posts. I am happy for it, because it is one of my favorite town or should I say city. Do You speak French? It is very beautiful language. I speak it and many other languages and that’s why I am blogging in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
    Happy blogging!


    • roisingrace says

      I do indeed! Paris is a wonderful city, and I’m so grateful to have this opportunity of living here for the year. Oui, je parle en Francias – and I am currently going to language school to improve my French. I’m very jealous of your many languages, will check out your blog now! 😀 Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂


    • roisingrace says

      Glad you’re enjoying my blog! It’s great to be able to live in a wonderful city and be able to explore with my camera. More photographs to come! Thanks again, it means so much 🙂


  2. Corinna Duke says

    Hi Roisin, your blog is excellent! I love that you have the experience of a number of au pairs in a number of different countries on your blog. Well done, Great work. We would love to link your blog on our website to give au pairs some insight into life as an au pair. Hope this is okay with you. Corinna from http://www.kangarooaupair.com


    • Hi Corinna,

      So sorry for the very belated reply – I never received notification of your comment! I would love a link on your website, as I hope that I have/can be helpful for anyone thinking of becoming an Au Pair 🙂



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