At the end of August 2015 we got the go-ahead to move to Paris. By the end of October 2015 we were in our new apartment, in a new city, in a new country with two kids about to start a new school.
If you are thinking of, or planning a move to Paris with your family I have put together some resources I found helpful.
Your school will probably one of the deciding factors as to where to live. There are a number of options for schools in Paris.
Finding an apartment
Paris is a great city to live in. The city centre is split into twenty arrondissements, and each is unique. Outside Paris are a number of suburban towns, the western suburbs tend to be favoured by the English speaking expat community.
Seloger is a good website to search for your apartment. You can filter by area, and by the number of rooms or bedrooms. Apartments can also be found on Le Bon Coin (French equivalent of eBay) and FUSAC an online magazine aimed at the English speaking community.
Learning the language
If you don’t speak much or any French is worth learning the language. Making an effort with a few words of French goes a long way.
Comme une Fracais is a really fun website to help you learn French.
There are a number of conversation groups in Paris to help you put into practice what you have been learning.
The English speaking expat community is really welcoming. You’ll be able to tap into a number of English speaking events, groups and activities from bootcamps to book clubs.
Message Paris an English speaking mum’s forum
Meet Up – book clubs, running meet ups, yoga, pilates, French conversation classes, bootcamp – they are all here and in English.
WICE – An English-speaking organisation providing learning and volunteer opportunities through art, cultural and language programs & social activities
Paris for children
Paris blogs I like