My name’s Kim and I’ve lived in Paris since early 2009, arriving in this beautiful city via the rolling Hampshire hills of my home country England, and a two-year stint in Sydney, Australia to give the other hemisphere a go for a while.
In 2013 I moved into my very own slice of Paris, a tiny apartment in the 18th arrondissement lovingly referred to as the ‘Granny flat’ after the lovely 92-year-old lady who used to live there before me. I haven’t changed a thing since I moved in and my home still has that very vintage feel, complete with a bidet on wheels (seriously), and a lovely set of teeny tiny sherry glasses.
The reason for this? Money. Paris is mind-blowingly expensive, and has the power to bankrupt you. If you let it. But with a little imagination and a fresh perspective, you can really explore those enchanting and lesser known parts of the city that other visitors and residents miss out on in favour of the more well-trodden (and I have to say sometimes clichéd) parts of town.
And that’s exactly what I intend to do. Paris can be a very challenging place to live, and I’m determined to get the most out of it, whilst indulging my creative side along the way. This unbridled adventure versus ruthless financial efficiency. Lucky for this project, I’m a person with an utter inability to sit still, so I’m keen to get out there and really ‘do’ Paris as much as I can. But MY Paris. I hope you’ll join me.