Sept. 6 – Bonjour Paris

Since arriving in Paris, August 20, I’ve finally found myself in a comfortable position. Sounds depressing to say I’m only just happy, but I believe it’s normal to be in a state of bittersweetness especially when moving somewhere not trés connu par toi.

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On the way to LAX – Paris bound

Leaving the states isn’t new to me, but it’s always hard to say goodbye. I leave behind both people and a place that make me feel a sense of “home”. That being said, it’s exciting to live in a city for a year, knowing that it will become familiar and another place I’ll feel major attachment.

Two weeks into living in Paris and I’ve already found friendly faces, support systems, good food & drink, pride, bonne santé and constant visual stimulation.

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Café Pouchkine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Both of my weekends already spent in the French countryside on top of weekdays spent in the bustling city make for much needed balance while I still try to find the pace of my new lifestyle.

Normandy, being less than 2 hours away, is a perfect getaway for the always moving Parisian. I’m lucky enough to have a farmhouse, complete with garden & functioning kitchen, as well as an apple orchard with land full of racing horses and flowers at my disposal. Two retreats I’m glad to take from time to time.

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Le Fresne, Haute-Normandie, France

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Le Fresne, Haute-Normandie, France

Back in Paris for my third week, I’m getting into the swing of things & exploring the many arrondissements it has to offer. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is stealing my heart with it’s many famous pâtisseries, lively demeanor & local boutiques. I’m dreaming of the day when it becomes as familiar as the back of my hand, but I know that will take time (which I have plenty of).

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Ladurée, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Posts to come: friends, work, school, food and just about everything else that happens in la vie.

Bisous

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