Bonjour and Bienvenue!  It is not always easy to hop on a plane and travel to France. But that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a bit of “armchair travel”.  As a writer and artist based in Paris, join me as I dive beyond the surface, past the elegant historic monuments, and into what it is really like to live in France.

The daily life, the ups and downs, and the everyday moments, let’s go on a little jaunt, shall we? Bon voyage!


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Illustration of Couple walking with baby near Notre Dame and the bouquinistes in Paris

It is called the Paris Syndrome: the severe culture shock that tourists experience upon realizing that the Paris of one’s dreams is not the reality. And that is for visitors, imagine if they lived here!

I don’t intend to dash all your dreams but the reality of living in Paris is that it is not all it is cracked up to be. After being in Paris for over 10 years, I have to bemusedly point out a few pros and cons…


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