Bonjour and Bienvenue!  We have something in France called the “Art de Vivre”, which about living in the moment and truly looking at the wonder of the world around.  As a writer and artist, I like to translate that into what I like to call “slow travel”.  Going beyond the surface, past the elegant historic monuments, and into what it is really like to live in Paris.

The daily life, the ups and downs, and the everyday moments, let’s dive in, shall we? Bon voyage!

Living in France

French Food

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…

Traveling in France