Paris is a beautiful city to call home, but nowhere is perfect.
The city of lights and love does have its downfalls
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world; it's a vibrant hub of culture and diversity. Given its stunning skyline and the world famous landmarks, many visitors dream of living here, but for the locals, there are some things they love to hate about their historic city. A French literary critic in the 18th century, Alphonse Karr, once commented that "The true Parisian does not love Paris, but cannot live elsewhere" - words that will ring true for many locals.
Paris is one of the worst cities in the world for pickpockets. In fact, in 2013, The Louvre was closed after staff went on strike in protest at teenage pickpockets operating within. At the end of the day, it's not the end of the world, but its still money that's been lost and a new to do list to ring up and get various cards replaced.
The metro is in equal measures a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's convenient; it gets you across the capital in no time at all and driving is a hassle as there is never anywhere to park (not to mention it's bad for the environment). But, getting the metro in rush hour, it's a nightmare. Especially in summer, especially when the train is delayed and stops in the tunnel and especially the air con is broken. Squashed together and melting in the heat and humidity, it is at this moment many Parisians wonder if this is all really worth it? And would it be so bad if I just quit my job and move to the countryside?
Over many years, the French have cleverly pedaled the idea to foreigners that springtime in Paris is a paradise of dreamy sunsets and cool blue skies. Everyone knows London is the rain capital, but surprisingly, it's actually Paris that gets more rain every year. When the skies open, being caught out in the rain is no fun for anyone.
Paris is a lively and vibrant city, but sometimes the noise is exhausting. There is always a noisy construction site nearby or cars incessantly beeping in a traffic jam, it's difficult to find anywhere in the city to get some peace and quiet. To cap it all, many locals live in apartments where the walls are paper thin, so they can hear all too well the party going on next door at 3am.