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
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.
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