How Much Does It Cost to Live in Paris?
Oo la la! Just the thought of going to Paris is enough to send a thrill down the spine. But to actually live there? Now that's the stuff of dreams. Perhaps more than any other city in the world, Paris is the sweet lure.
Paris tops the lists as the most visited place in the world year after year. Paris hosted more than 35, 704,450 millions tourists in 2007 (the last year for which figures are available), according to the Paris Convention and Tourist Bureau. And who can blame them? The thought of Paris in the spring is enough to send thousands of tourists flocking to the capital of France every year. The Eiffel Tower, Champs de Elysee, steak frites in a bijou restaurant, fine wines and cheeses and unbeatable atmosphere.
Since the London Olympics, London has overtaken Paris as the single most visited city, although France remains the most visited country in the world.]
But for all of you who are preparing to live in Paris -- or dream of it -- the real question is how much money do you need to make ends meet like a real Parisian? Is Paris all budget-busting haute couture dresses and five star restaurants or could it be an economical place to live? What should you expect to pay for day-to-day life in Paris?