Commonly considered one of the most beautiful and glamorous cities in the world, Paris is a culturally and historically rich city full of quaint cafes and peaceful green parks. Many people dream of moving to Paris for the lifestyle, fashion, delicious food and more.
Life in Paris
The Parisians enjoy a slower pace of life. Lunch and dinner usually take hours as they appreciate their food and savour the wine. You will soon get used to the relaxed rhythm of the city.
The education system is good, with some of the world’s best universities. The healthcare is efficient and effective, and easily accessible to all those living and working in France.
Paris is also well connected to the rest of France, so it is common for locals to spend weekends away. A fast TGV train or short drive could take you to a cosy Alpine chalet in a world-class ski resort, a waterfront villa with a stunning Mediterranean Sea view or a traditional stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves.
Business in Paris
The government is introducing innovative schemes and implementing new laws to boost the French economic activity.
In France, it is vital to arrange appointments, both for business and social occasions. It is considered rude to arrive unannounced, however punctuality is slightly more lenient as you would only be considered late if you arrive more than 10 minutes after the scheduled time.
Where to go, what to see
Paris’ best known attraction is the Eiffel Tower, which took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build. It was completed on March 31st, 1889 to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. 1,665 steps take you up the 324m tall tower, but most people opt for the lift – which travels a whole 103,000 km each year taking visitors up and down.
Full of famous paintings and sculptures, the Louvre is not one to miss. Home to the Mona Lisa, Aphrodite (the “Venus de Milo”), and the Seated Scribe; the Musee du Louvre attracts at least 8 million visitors each year. It was originally built as a fortress back in 1190, but was converted to a royal palace in the 16th century. The Louvre then opened as a museum in 1793, displaying only 537 paintings… It now offers 380,000 pieces in total, although not all of the collection is publicly exhibited. The Louvre Pyramid, built in 1989, is 20m high and made of almost 700 panes of glass.
Another attraction for all the family is Disneyland Paris. It opened on April 12th 1992, with the Walt Disney Studios Park joining in 2002, and is the most visited theme park in Europe. Roughly 12,200 employees help run the park each year, always doing their best to bring a smile to visitor’s faces and keep the magic alive. Visitors can spend the day browsing through the large variety of shops (each with different themes), exploring the fun rides and meeting their favourite Disney characters in the flesh! There are also parades and shows throughout the day and a beautiful firework display before the park closes.
Yearly Events/ Festivals
February – Paris Carnival – A festive walk, performances and musical parade takes place every year.
April – Foire du Trone Funfair – A huge funfair in the 12th arrondissement, offering thrilling rides, haunted houses and shooting ranges to win prizes.
June – Gay Pride – Celebration of France’s diversity for the LGBT community.
July – Bastille Day – Commemorating the Storming of the Bastille, an important event during the French Revolution in 1789.
July – Le Tour de France – Primarily held in France, the Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race.
October – SIAL Global Food Market – The ‘Salon international de l’alimentation’ is the world’s largest food exhibition.
Various – Paris Fashion Week – A clothing trade show with seasonal events held each year.
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