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

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

Parisians live to eat rather than eat to live.

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

Parc Monceau is a classically French garden.

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

Coffee is a must. Usually cafe express.

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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

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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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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An expat’s guide to being an American in Paris

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

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