A friend just tipped me off to a recent report by Economist Intelligence Unit (a sister company of The Economist) that names Paris as the most expensive city in which to live. Their "Most Expensive Cities" graph shows the French capital barely nudging out Tokyo for this dubious distinction. Oslo helps to round out the top three.
I don't know about you, but as someone who has recently spent time living in Paris, I'm not terribly surprised by these findings. For a tourist, there are plenty of ways to do Paris on the cheap, from avoiding hotels, to dining smart. Actually living in the City of Light, however, - paying rent, buying food year round, and maintaining a home - is definitely très cher. And totally worth it.