Thursday, April 7, 2011


It’s April in Paris and that means expat contracts are up for review.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Let’s play MOMopoly!

The Rules: It’s basically the same as your grade-school Monopoly. Well, with arguably better real estate. For example:

Quai Branly: German Mom was living the high life in a three-story apartment on one of the most coveted streets of Paris. Until her bigwig husband was called for more international service – in Indonesia.

Quote:Ach, bon. At least there I will have some real servants!”

Monthly Rent: 16,000€

Jealousy Factor: 9 out of 10.  A. Triplex. Apartment. Overlooking all of the losers (La Mom included) that sail by on the Bateaux Mouches.

Rue de la Paix: Midwestern Mom frequently complained about her 170 M2 (1700 square feet) 4-bedroom apartment a stone’s throw away from the Ritz.

Quote: “I mean, it’s such a pain to get all three kids out the door at the same time. There aren’t any good parks nearby, and the playroom is too small to contain the mess!”

Monthly Rent: 12,000 €

Jealousy Factor: 7 out of 10. Midwestern Mom, you lost me at playroom. Say it with me, Parisian Mamas – MMMMMM…Playroooooom.  Most Parisian apartments don’t have one. Unless it’s a converted broom closet. But any hardship would be quickly assuaged by the shiny objects in Place Vendome right next door. Who cares about parks when La Mom can ogle Van Cleef & Arpels? I bet you a dinner at Jules Verne she'll be missing her digs one she's back in St. Louis.

Cartes Specifiques:  

Get out of Jail Free Card: This card only applies to couples with private safety deposit boxes that rival Fort Knox. The ones the French tax inspectors just got wind of. Owners of prime property will be summering in the Caymans – perhaps permanently. 

Slept with Another Expat’s Husband Card: Do not pass Go. Do not collect 200€. Go directly to the suburbs. The car-burning ones, not the swanky ones out past Neuilly.

Come back soon for more MOMopoly with La Mom, your Parisian BFF!

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