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You may know Paris and Paris region very well, you will still discover new treasures you never heard of. Very few people know King Saint Louis, the French King who commissionned the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, also commissionned the majestuous Royaumont Abbey, 35 kilometers north of Paris.
In terms of demographics, Paris is one of the most diverse cities in all of Europe. Nearly every fourth resident was not born in metropolitan France.
Immigrants from the Maghreb and Western Africa, French citizens from the overseas territories, sizable communities from Southern and Eastern European countries, as well as neighboring Belgium and Germany, expats from the USA and the UK; entrepreneurs, international students, businesspeople, diplomatic staff, artists, and aspiring talents working in the creative industries, they all congregate in Paris.
However, while the sheer size of the capital and its bustling atmosphere make Paris such an attractive location, it is also easy to feel rather lost among the 12 million inhabitants of the Ile de France. You have to navigate the daily traffic, contend with French administation, and find affordable housing, all on your own.
The difficulties in settling in another country, combined with the daily workload at the office, make it hard to socialize and find new friends. Fortunately, in the online era, support for newly arrived expats in Paris is simply a mouse click away!
For example, InterNations.org is the largest expatriate network worldwide. It unites over 1 million members in 390 different cities around the globe: Circa 25,000 among them live in the Paris area and are members of the fourth biggest InterNations Community in the world.
The editorial Country & City guides provide members with a succinct overview of expatriate life in France that contains all the key information they will need upon arrival. For more detailed questions, there is always the Town Talk forum: InterNations members exchange tips on living in Paris as an expat, from language classes over rental agencies and furniture sales to the best spots for Salsa dancing.
In addition to such practical advice, the social network also offers various opportunities for getting to know other international people in Paris. Each local InterNations Community has a team of so-called Ambassadors: well-connected and committed members who welcome newcomers and regularly organize events for the expat crowd.
In Paris, the Ambassador team includes Antoni, a French Polynesian with Spanish and Argentine roots; Isabelle from Strasbourg, an HR manager working for a Japanese company; Valerie, a local lawyer specializing in expat-relevant topics and immigration issues. Every month, they host at least two large get-togethers, where a selection of upscale venues is reserved exclusively for their global guests. Don not miss out on this chance to explore the gastronomy and nightlife of Paris!
What about those who prefer more casual gatherings to huge parties with 300 or 400 attendees? For them, the InterNations Activity Groups offer an ideal alternative. They will be able to socialize in smaller groups, based on their different hobbies, interests, and needs.
Expat women meet other globe-trotting ladies; young professionals gather for after-work drinks and business networking; gourmets engage in wine-tasting and fine dining, and lovers of the performing arts attend dance, theatre, and music events together.
Enjoying the expatriate lifestyle in the glittering "City of Light" is, after all, much simpler if you have someone to share its peculiar joys and challenges with!
The Louvre Museum is a must of any trip to Paris as is shopping. If you have little time, you can visit the Louvre and do your shopping in half a day. Printemps, the famous Department Stores, opened a new shop in the Carrousel du Louvre Shopping Mall adjacent to the Louvre Museum. The store is called Printemps du Louvre in French.
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Guerlain, at 68 Champs Elysees, is a prestigious perfume store in Paris. It is possible there to smell Guerlain world famous perfumes, such as Shalimar, in an elegant store and buy them at the same price as everywhere else.
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