This section is created to showcase writings from people who live or have lived in Paris, and can offer great insight and advice to others from their own knowledge and experience of living in the City of Light. I've learned a lot by reading other people's Blogs and Articles about Paris, and I hope you do too!

Even though the Parisians have vacated the city for the month of August, there have been quite a few arrivals of another sort. Expats, like the ones who just moved in below us! Moving vans clog the city's streets, while the lifts that are precariously attached to the outside of apartment buildings are loaded with furniture, books, boxes of clothes and everything else that a family needs to make a Parisian apartment feel like home.

Since we moved into our apartment on February 26 and the first post for this blog was on April 1, I thought that I would hit the rewind button and tell you a little bit about how we ended up here.

If you've ever read the section, "About Me", you'll have noticed that we've lived in quite a few different countries. That's because Stephane is a career expatriate, so if his company says that they want him to work in country X, we pack up our belongings and go. Usually we're happy but sometimes we're not, like when we were transferred from Switzerland to Paris. That's right! I really didn't want to move here, but that's a long story for another day. What's important is that we're here and that I'm obviously (at least I hope that it's obvious!) enjoying myself. Nonetheless, we know that we're here for a limited time, probably 3-5 years, which is the same amount of time that our new expat neighbors expect to be here. But just to make things a bit more interesting during this week when I've been seeing plenty of moving vans, Stephane had a meeting with his boss to discuss our future mobility. Even though it's a standard procedure, it made me realize that I've still got a lot to see and do in Paris. Time to get going!

You can read Mary Kay's entire article here THANK YOU MARY KAY!

We've all heard the stories of vacation rentals that don't look at all like the photos, or worse, don't even exist. So if you're thinking of renting a vacation apartment for your next trip to Paris, and want to make sure that you don't get scammed, here are a few tips.

First of all, only rent through a reputable agency. These can be found on this site or through the Tourism Office website. Generally, a reputable agency will have their address and phone listed on their website. Beware "anonymous" ones. They may only be scamming the tax man, not you, but for peace of mind insist at least on this. And verify that the agency is guaranteeing the rental, not just listing the owners info on their site.

You can read Heather's entire article here THANK YOU HEATHER!

Finding a nice apartment in Paris at a reasonable price is like the saying: “finding a needle in a haystack”… You might think that I’m exaggerating, but I can only speak from my own experiences.

If you’re not in the city when it’s time for you to start apartment hunting, or if don’t know anyone there who could help you (which was my case when I made my move) it can be a little bit harder. Perhaps hard isn’t the right word… More like “expensive”. Because that’s just what it is. Expensive. At least by my standards! I’m from Stockholm, where the prices haven’t yet reached those extreme heights.

Read Carin's entire post here THANK YOU CARIN!