- you have to deal with paperwork, taxes, rent, gas and electricity (which is not fun anywhere) in French, which doesn’t make it more poetic 🙁
- you start getting irritated by the amount of tourists and newlyweds, attacking the city from March to October. Especially when you are late somewhere and try to get to the metro station through the crowds staring at the animated vitrines of Galerie Lafayette.
- the streets off the tourist routes are really dirty. Look down! Even Anne Hidalgo, Paris’s great mayor, admits this sector to be a weak point, “point faible de la gestion de la capitale“.
- French are not interested to be friends with expats. They have their own circle from college or/and office.
- shop sellers and waiters are nice to you only if you speak good french (now I have noticed this is slowly changing, there are more people speaking English in cafes and restaurants).
- when you are a student, well, life is expensive, especially in Paris.
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Secluded from the city by the gallery, this accurately organized garden, Palais-Royal, is a perfect place to have a break. grab your coffee at the fashionable Cafe Kitsune and sit by the fountain in the middle of the park.
Here are all these places on the map: