Paris is a beautiful city, and this is why every year, millions of people from across the planet visit it. As a tourist in Paris, one only needs to familiarize themselves with the basics in terms of language, restaurants, hotels etc because after all they will only be there for a short period of time. On the other hand, those who are looking to relocate to Paris for one reason or another should make it a point to learn pretty much everything there is to learn about the city. The following is a guide to help new newcomers to Paris settle successfully.
It would be a good idea to relocate to Paris if you have a ready job waiting for you, but if that is not the case, then you will need to familiarize yourself with employment opportunities that exist. First it might be a good idea to learn French in order to make life easy, but that is not an absolute necessity in all sectors such. According to a 2013 report, quite a number of international companies (e.g. Michelin and Total) are looking for engineers who are fluent in English. The hospitality industry has also been projected to create almost one hundred thousand jobs this year. Therefore, it might be a good idea to commence your search here.
Paris is subdivided into 20 neighborhoods known as arrondissements. For a foreigner, names of some of these neighborhoods might be confusing, but the good thing is that quite a number of people refer to them in numbers, for example, the 13th the 11th etc. Some of the best arrondissements in Paris to live in include Montmartre (the 18th), Popincourt (11th and Observatoire (14th). Generally most neighborhoods falling in the 10th -- 20th bracket are quite affordable.
Paris has some of the most prestigious academic institutions on the planet and so the quality of education won't be an issue for a Canadian looking to settle in this part of the world. In most cases, children in Paris commence school at the age of six but there are parents who prefer starting out their kids much earlier. Collèges are for kids in their early to mid-teens while lycées are meant for those in their mid to late teens. It is at this stage that kids will sit for the le bac the performance of which will greatly determine the kind of higher education institution they get admitted to.
Contrary to popular belief, life in Paris does not have to be utterly expensive. There are quite a number of restaurants where one can get a three-course meal for just about 30 Euros. The trick to living comfortably in Paris is gathering as much information about the city as possible; hopefully this article was a nice place to start.
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