Liv­ing the dream

Living France - - News - Vicky Leigh, Edi­tor

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.

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