Bienvenue à Neuilly-sur-Seine, a Western suburb directly adjacent to Paris, France.
Neuilly-sur-Seine is very close to Paris. It’s a 10 minute walk to the Paris city line and a 15 minute metro ride/20 minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe. The easy metro commute from Neuilly-sur-Seine to Paris or La Défense, a major business district west of Paris, makes the area desirable for people who work in the city, but prefer to live in a quieter neighborhood—pretty much the same reason why people live in Fairfield County or Westchester County, then commute to New York City.
It’s easier to say that I live in Paris, then clarify later in the conversation that I live in a Parisian suburb. Otherwise, I’d spend too much time coaching each one of my friends and family members how to pronounce Neuilly-sur-Seine (new-yee sewer sen is the best pronunciation I can come up with for American English).
There’s an illustration in Paris vs. New York: A Tally of Two Cities that assigns Parisian arrondisements to their New York counterparts. You can read how some of the neighborhoods matched up, but the author paired Neuilly-sur-Seine and Boulogne-Billancourt with Central Park.
If I had to pair Neuilly-sur-Seine with a town in Connecticut, it would be Greenwich. There’s no beach or ocean in Paris *sigh* so there’s not really an equivalent in Rhode Island.
Here’s a look at Neuilly’s city center…
As I continue to adjust to Parisian living, it’s worth pointing out that living in a suburb like Neuilly-sur-Seine makes a major, positive impact. It’s safe, it’s quiet and most people speak English enough so they understand my broken French. If I do want to go out in Canal St. Martin or Bastille, everything in the city is only a metro ride away.