Based in Seattle since 2013, we met during a snowshoe outing in the Snoqualmie mountains. Our friendship has since made its way around hikes, exhibitions, movies, plays, outdoor weekends…

After a million questions asked about life here, about practical resources, travels, possible outings, creating a website seemed obvious to us in order to share some answers: Ici Seattle was born.

Our goal is to provide a permanent source of information and references that, fueled by our editors and enriched by your ideas and experiences, will allow everybody to enjoy Seattle and its region even better, region for which we both fell for.

Emmanuelle & Ariane


Myriam Baillargeon

Journalist, translator and script writer, Myriam Baillargeon studied journalism in Ottawa and pursued her studies at the University of Montreal to receive a Diploma in strategical productions. In addition to writing for various platforms and media, Myriam performs, directs, and produces for theater, film, and television.

Héloïse De Smet

Author of the blog, coach and creator of self-empowerment tools, Heloise has been living in Seattle since 2016, after falling for the Pacific Northwest in every way. In love with nature, and as a new mother, she shares here her adventures, discoveries, and good finds for the whole family.

Jennifer Grapin

A lover of art, archaeology and astronomy, Jennifer has been splitting her time between Seattle and Paris since 2017. By profession, a communication and promotion specialist for cultural and scientific institutions, she shares with Ici Seattle’s readers her favourites outings, picked up during her wanderings across the Pacific Northwest: many daytrips and activities that enlighten and entertain the all family!

Elisabeth Le Meur

Originally from Brittany , Elisabeth graduated from the Paris Journalism school (CFPJ de Paris). She has worked as an editing coordinator for several publishers in France. Living in Redmond since 2009, Elisabeth first worked in the local KCLS libraries. She taught French at the Bennett school (Bellevue) and at EFGS . Elisabeth is now in charge of the FISW library (French Immersion School of Washington). She likes to take walks with her yellow lab named Byron, go to the movies, travel and attend Seahawks games.

CLaire Renaut

CLaire Renaut Franco-Germano-Americaine, moved to the US in 1998 and has been calling Seattle home since 2008. CLaire worked as a fashion designer for many years until she decided to be a full-time artist. Passionate by Art, avid reader, loves hiking, fond of cross-country skiing, enjoys sailing and spend time in San Juan Islands. You can check her art at: