Whether a move to Paris is a dream come true, a fortunate coincidence, a logical step on your career ladder, or the last place on earth you would ever choose to live, know that Paris and its charms will leave an indelible imprint on your life. It is a city that intertwines the past with a vision towards the future and encourages its citizens to use the present for l’art de vivre, the art of living well. Whether it’s the impeccably landscaped parks, the cultural opportunities, or the simple bliss of a warm croissant from the corner boulangerie, Paris is intended for pleasure. And, while any of the approximate 30 million tourists to Paris each year can enjoy a taste of what Paris offers, only its residents can truly settle into the embrace of its daily delights.
As exquisite as it is, however, Paris is just as challenging for those who make it their home. It takes time to acclimate to any new city, but the adjustment to Paris can be surprisingly complicated. The language is difficult, the bureaucracy is rigorous, the etiquette is precise and the French mentality, most of the time, is baffling. The contrast between your concept of living and working in Paris and the reality may find you frustrated repeatedly, humbled often and at some point, disillusioned. But do not be intimidated. Instead, be prepared, be optimistic and be open to what Paris has to offer. Your experience in Paris ultimately depends on you and your approach to its pleasures and its challenges.