Moscow

The Expat Experience

29 Sep 2017

Interview with FranclJesper, general manager at Hotel National.

- Please tell us a few words about yourself and about your career.

- My name is JesperFrancl and I come from Denmark. I am a hotelier by education and spirit. I love spending time with people, treating them to good food and wine and having lots of laughter and lively conversations together. I was educated in Denmark and afterwards, completed a hospitality program at Cornell University in the USA. I spent some years in Denmark before I went abroad. I started in the industry as an Executive Chef and later on moved to various Food and Beverage and Operations positions. After a while, I moved on to the General Manager role. Among other positions in Denmark, I worked as the private chef of the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II. It was a great honor and a very valuable experience for me to work for the royal family. Later, I worked with Rezidor and Kempinski in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Norway Kazakhstan, Belarus and now, in Russia I have been working as part of the Marriott family. Currently I am the General Manager at the Hotel National, The Luxury Collection.

- What makes Moscow special for you? How is it different from your home county Denmark?
- Moscow holds, in fact, a special place in my heart. It has a very distinct charm, one that I will always remember. It is also a city full of history and culture. This is such a unique combination, one that you do not find in many other places in the world. While the city is a big cosmopolitan city, all around the city there are beautiful gardens and cottages ("usadby"), so one is also very close to and in harmony with nature. Moscow is very dynamic, the city is full of activities, happenings and events. Moscow is different in many ways compared to Denmark. Denmark is a relatively small country with a population of approx. 5 million people. Therefore, Moscow in itself is over twice the size of my home country. Both countries have a long history and cultural backgrounds with some common history. In Moscow the pace of everyday life is very dynamic, even hectic, while in my home country life happens at a different pace.

- Can you name us a few things about living in Moscow that you enjoy the most?
- One of the things I enjoy the most is the rich cultural life of Moscow. I love the sense of history that one feels when living in Moscow. It provides balance in our modern lives. Also you have the possibility to visit other regions in Russia and explore the unique nature.

- What are your favorite spots in and outside the city to visit in fall?
- In the city I love going to Danilovsky Market to shop and have lunch. Outside the city I love visiting the towns that are part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. There is a special atmosphere around them, harmony and quietness.

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