From Paris, avec Amour

We finally did it, guys. We moved to Paris. I know that we’ve been talking about this forever. Friends and family are probably getting a little tired of hearing about it. But this experience is something my partner-in-crime and I have been day-dreaming of for years, back when there were only two of us, and we didn’t have to worry about things like whether our vacation rentals came with a crib, or how completely impossible it is to travel with a car seat, much less TWO car seats.

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How everyone feels about Avery on a seven hour flight.

A few months ago, we raised the possibility of a leave of absence with our employer and, once that was settled, began putting some of the details in place. A furnished rental. Traveler’s insurance. Visa applications. School registration for our oldest. A very brief foray into French lessons. The idea that all the paperwork and logistics and packing lists and difficult conversations have finally, finally culminated in what has always felt a little like a pipe dream still seems impossible. I’m writing this from my new apartment in the 16th and I still can’t believe it’s happening.

Eiffel Tower Family
We walked here today. 

The question we are most often asked is how we are going to spend our newfound freedom. There is this assumption that we should be doing something productive with our sabbatical. Surely we’ll be learning a skill, developing a talent, pursuing an interest. “I’m not sure yet,” I’ve said; people look worried. “Probably studying French,” I add, and they’re relieved.

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I’ll be eating all of this cheese, though. That’s for sure.

In truth, we don’t quite know how the next few months will shape up. For now, we’ve decided to do more of the things we love, and less of the things we don’t. For us, that means more walks, more parks, and more books.  It’s more croissants, too, and more wine, more early mornings drinking cafe-au-lait and more afternoon crepes. For Dave, it’s more cooking and picture-taking; for me, it’s more writing. The best part, though, is more time with Connor and Avery, watching them experience all the things we love about Paris.

 

Vegetable market

 

 

7 Comments Add yours

  1. JoAnn & Tad Blood says:

    Congrats! Enjoy it all!

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  2. Joyce says:

    Mon Dieu! C’est formidable! Save some cheese and wine and croissants and walks and….. for us too! Can’t wait to see you all. Great narrative!

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  3. Congratulations on that dream came true ! And enjoy my beautiful city 🙂

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    1. Thanks Cindy! We are in love with it so far!

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  4. Stephanie Orr says:

    I love everything about this! I’m so excited to follow along on your Paris adventure! xx

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  5. Nancy Renee Sanow says:

    i love the writing and am so happy for you 4. You will focus on the enjoyment of your time there, who could ask for anything more! The airport pic of Avery and caption had me in stitches and reminded me of many traveling adventures with a couple of wee ones

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