An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris
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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

Shops and bistros in Mouffetard Street, Paris. The best way to explore the city’s arrondissements is on foot. Just don’t wear sneakers.

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A restaurant is seen on Montmartre, a hill in Paris’ 18th arrondissement. At restaurants, be sure to address the waiter as monsieur or madame.

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The Eiffel Tower is seen in the distance across the Seine. Paris has its share of major tourist attractions, but be sure to spend some time exploring lesser known sites.

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The Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, dedicated to the people sent from France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II, is by the Seine.

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Don’t be in any hurry while dining. Parisians don’t want fast service. Meals are to be relaxing.

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, is a park with dramatic cliffs and a reproduction of an ancient temple, seen in the top left corner.

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Parisians live to eat rather than eat to live.

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People relax in Parc Monceau, in Paris’ 8th arrondissement.

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Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris’ Tuileries Gardens specializes in Impressionism. It has works by Monet, Rousseau, Matisse, Sisley, Picasso and Cezanne.

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Unless you’re a jogger, leave the trainers at home if you want to belong in Paris.

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Parc Monceau is a classically French garden.

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Passage Brady, which leads to the Strasbourg boulevard, is one of Paris’ many glass-roofed, shop-lined walkways. They’re especially handy on rainy days.

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The Passage du Grand Cerf is one of the highest-roofed walkways in Paris.

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Coffee is a must. Usually cafe express.

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The Jeu de Paume in the Tuileries Gardens is an arts center for photography.

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This Jean Beraud painting of workers leaving the Maison Paquin fashion house in the early 20th century is seen in the Musée Carnavalet, located in the 3rd arrondissement and devoted to Paris history.

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A Frida Kahlo work is seen in 2013 during an exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

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