Sydney, The Pacific City
Within 4 years Sydney has become the world’s 7th most expensive city and the second in terms of buying power. Australia seems like a beacon of financial growth in an uncertain world. A city built at the edge of the country, it’s surrounded by cliffs, beaches and forests. It attracts people from all over Asia and as far as Europe, with more and more French coming to try their luck at the “Australian Way of Life”. Sydney’s residents, well aware that they live in a piece of terrestrial paradise, boast at having the best quality of life anywhere in the world. Built on the world’s largest natural port, it’s no surprise that the locals spend the whole year in the water. Between Palm Beach in the north and Cronulla in the south, stretches over 100 KM of pacific coast, and that’s not including the 312 kms of coastline that makes up the bay. A short helicopter ride is enough to take in the breathing scenery. At a time when France and its European counterparts shift into net emigration, and those French who remain admit to dreaming of starting a new life down under, we attempt to confirm the authenticity of the Australian myth. Is Sydney the city where we can still dare to dream? On a long haul journey we discover the brightest lights of Sydney, as well as its contrasts and doubts. Following in the footsteps of Raphaëlle, Andy, Alice, Cameron and Mickaël, we have shared in their lives, their urban adventures, the open spaces of Sydney, the Pacific City.