Living the dream
It’s always been my dream to live in Paris. I remember walking around in wide-eyed wonder during my very first visit as a 10-year-old child, and it’s where my love affair with France began. The city cast a magic spell on me back then, and it hasn’t worn off all these years later. I still experience a childlike excitement when I visit, and seeing the French capital through travel writer Lindsey Tramuta’s eyes this month has given me a serious case of life envy.
The American expat has been lucky enough to call Paris home for the past decade, and shares the secret side of her adopted city with us on page 32. I shall be working my way through her café recommendations on my next trip, which may also include browsing an estate agent’s window or two…
Of course, there are plenty of other exciting French cities to choose from, and a new survey revealing the best cities to both live and work in has made some of them even more attractive. A better work-life balance is now the goal for many, and you can find out where you have the best chance of achieving it in France on p42.
Having said that, the idea of getting away from it all is rather appealing at times too, and if I did opt for peace and quiet over hustle and bustle then I’d certainly be considering Lozère – turn to page 20 to discover why. And with the lowest average house prices in the south of France, I’d definitely be looking in some more windows.