Thursday, July 19, 2018

Paris and Some of the Freebies of Living Here


Paris never ceased to be part of the top most expensive cities in the world and for 2018 it placed second on The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report. I can’t really help comparing the cost of living here and in the Philippines, my dear native land. They are totally different but as I’ve said, I can’t help making a comparison every time I swipe my credit card.

Everything is costly from toothpaste to rent. A 20 sq. m. studio in Paris would cost an average of 900€ monthly. You could already find a 3-bedroom house with a swimming pool for rent in the Philippines with that sum. You will really go haywire if you would let your thoughts linger on the cost of living here.

With this in mind, it is important to find a balance and continue to enjoy life here in this beautiful yet so expensive city. Life is short they say and I’m a strong believer of that.  So, the best thing is to find those corners in Paris where you could get cheaper stuff or enjoy the city without paying anything. A lot of those exist here and which are worth plotting on your map.

Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre
Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre


If you love taking pictures and selfies, then Paris is one of the best places and everybody knows that. In this world of Facebook, Instagram, etc, a place where you could take a good picture is a good place. Don, the admin of this blog has even posted that bathrooms will be eventually called “Selfie Rooms” in few years. I don’t have to explain why because some of you are probably as guilty as I am.

Let’s get out of the bathroom a.k.a. selfie room because it is better to take pictures outdoors and talk about walking on Paris streets. It is one of the things that made me stay here in Paris. I love walking, more so when the scene is picturesque and even the doors, balconies and lamp posts are awesome. Just skip the thought of the dog’s dirt, by the way, that’s the thing that makes me wanna leave Paris too. Like you know before sleeping, I get to think how many dog $H!+s I’ve passed by during the day, even computing its weekly average. Animal lovers will be happy because there are plenty of dogs here.

I am quite obsessed with cleaning the outsole of my shoes right when I get home. Well, just the outsole. My shoes have got dirty appearance all the time which Don found dégeuelasse but I can assure that the outsoles are free of dog $H!+s.  I’ve learned to accept the existence of dog $H!+s sometimes on the pavements because they don’t make the city less beautiful still.

At Square Montsouris, 14th Arrondissement, Paris
At Square Montsouris, 14th Arrondissement, Paris


Walking allows me to think, daydream, solve a problem, philosophize on things or whatever and Paris is just perfect for it. It’s just the way I like it. Strolling especially along the Seine’s riverbank seems to transport me to that period when women wore long dresses and petticoats. It’s calming. There are also plenty of bucolic passages that would make you forget that you are still in Paris. The parks and the gardens could give you a feeling that you are miles away from Paris.

I found it interesting to live here. It is not the perfect place for sure but there is plenty of stuff that is worth noting. And these are the things that I would like to discover more and share it here in this blog.


Cobblestone street that you need to check at Square Montsouris, Paris
Cobblestone street that you need to check at Square Montsouris, Paris


Breathtaking Stairs (literally and figuratively) at the Bibliothèque Nationale
Breathtaking Stairs (literally and figuratively) at the Bibliothèque Nationale



Passage at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Passage at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France 



Shorts and Combat Boots
At Bibliothèque Nationale de France



Doors are also awesome. At Square Montsouris, Paris.




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