In Paris, I meet a lot of expatriates from different parts of the world. The common bonding factor is the ability to speak English. Among the people I meet, majority are from California. The climate in California is much better than what we have in Paris. Then why do these people leave the golden state of California and migrate to Paris? On that matter, why are people attracted to Paris?
There is a category of people who move into Paris for work. I fall under this category. This is the easiest reason to comprehend. There is another category of people who has moved into the city after finding their life partner. Both these categories have their own challenges to surmount. But the reason for move is easy to comprehend. It is the other categories for which the motive is not clear.
Recently, I met a gentleman who is a 4th or 5th generation San Franciscan and have adopted Paris as his home. During a stroll in the Pont Neuf area, this gentleman pointed to a hotel named Henry IV and recalled his first visit to the city in early 70s. While talking, his voice suddenly turned tender giving an indescribable emotional tinge to the message he conveyed. He was reliving memories. I was not able to ask him why he made the decision to move.
There were others who are temporarily in the city because they are between jobs. But they are not looking for a job in the city. One of them had been recently laid off from work. Instead of looking for another job, she decided to take a break in Paris. She was traveling all around France at time I met her. Another one of them has moved into the city for rejuvenate. According to her, this sojourn will help her creative juices running. Both of them do not belong to the Fashion industry for which the city is famous for.
Then, there is another category. They spend a part of the year in another country like USA and the rest of the time here. In most instances, the climate in Paris is much worse than where they come from. Still, why do they move here?