As one of the world’s most vis­ited cities, Paris is clearly pop­u­lar with tourists, but the French cap­i­tal makes a great place to live too. lifts the lid on some of its lesser-known at­trac­tions

Ca­tri­ona Burns

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In Woody Allen’s nos­tal­gi­cally en­chant­ing, Mid­night in Paris, Adri­ana says, “That Paris ex­ists and any­one could choose to live any­where else in the world will al­ways re­main a mys­tery to me.” As she strolls through the city’s moon­lit cob­bled streets, it’s easy to see why the French cap­i­tal is one of the world’s most vis­ited des­ti­na­tions and is also pop­u­lar with Bri­tish buy­ers look­ing for a home in France. “I love liv­ing here,” says ex­pat Nora Lan­ni­gan, who moved on a now-or-never whim three years ago. “It’s a ma­jor city but it’s got a low-key, re­laxed feel to it. It’s the best of both worlds,” she says. From the quirky book­shops on the Left Bank to beau­ti­ful parks where you can re­lax on a sunny day, Paris never ceases to en­thrall its vis­i­tors.

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Who­ever said, ‘It’s not about the des­ti­na­tion, but the jour­ney,’ must have had Paris in mind. The French cap­i­tal en­joys a var­ied trans­port sys­tem and whether you stroll, scoot or ped­dle your way around, the sights and sounds of the city will lit­ter your a-to-b route with a cer­tain je ne sais quoi that com­muters in other cities miss. The rel­a­tive com­pact­ness of Paris makes find­ing your way around on foot easy and aside from the con­ve­nience, walk­ing of­fers the chance to spot pic­ture­post­card doors, stum­ble upon hid­den court­yards and cross gold-gilded bridges. Of course, pound­ing the Parisian pave­ments pro­vides the per­fect ex­cuse to stop off en route for a morn­ing crois­sant, but if you want to avoid temp­ta­tion, glide past on one of the

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