The Husband and I are total and complete tourists and love viewing our city by boat…  I mean, what’s not to love?  You get to see all the sights and don’t have to move an inch, plus you get a great breeze during the summer!  I’m sold!

 Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris

Not gonna lie… Even though I have that weird arm growing out of my head in that last picture, its still on the new cover I just had made for my Kindle. Paris me manques!

I grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago, and have always loved animals.  I was lucky enough to convince my dad to volunteer at the Shedd Aquarium in the city as a youngster, and continued doing so up until The Husband and I moved to France.  Suffice to say that I LOVE going to zoos and aquariums.  I love animals.  Too bad I’m allergic to all of them, or I’m pretty sure The Husband and I would have a regular ménagerie….

 

Anyways, after visiting the jardin des plantes and seeing the zoo there for a French lesson one week, the Logger boys and I decided to hit up the newly re-opened parc zoologique de Paris before we all left the country.  Wow.  That’s all I have to say.  We were in the zoo for around 3 hours, and felt completely content!  And they’re not even done with the construction yet!  I’d love to go back in a few years and see everything once its finished — it is definitely in my top zoos in the world.  Enjoy a few snaps I took while we were there!

 

 Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris
Parc zoologique de Paris

A few weeks before we left Paris for good (this time….) we had some friends in town — a friend of my fathers who was visiting with his wife and daughter for his daughters college graduation.  Anyone who knows me knows that theres one thing I love more than The Husband in this world, and thats Paris.  I jump at the chance to show people around my city and share some of the love that I have for it.  Lucky for me The Husband thinks Paris is just as great as I do…. (He was a staunch Lyon lover before we moved to Paris….  Something to do with him having lived there before and hearing from all the Lyonnais that Paris was lame….  Good thing we fixed that!)

We spent just a few days together, but managed to hit up some of my favorite sights in the city.

 

Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris

Our Paris home was located in a kind of random area — but we loved the location!  Within 20 minutes we could walk to Sacré Coeur or the Arc de Triomphe (walking is always better than metro-ing in Paris) and we definitely took advantage of that short route to take lots and lots of walks in Montmartre.

Every Sunday we walked from our place to Sacré Coeur and back, stopping along the way to look at street art and appreciate the con artists working the streets.  We had some good friends move back to the States about a month and a half before we did, so we took advantage of their last week in town to meet up for a picnic at the foot of Sacré Coeur followed by a leisurely walk around the bobo section of Paris.  The best part was definitely stumbling across the stairs featured in the second part of this video, causing me to sing For Emma for the rest of the evening.

We miss Paris.  We love America, but we miss the place that became our home over the past two years.  Good thing we’ll be having another adventure next!

Montmartre
Montmartre
Montmartre
Montmartre
Montmartre
Montmartre
Montmartre
Montmartre

I’m not going to apologize for the lack in posting lately.  The Husband and I were down to the wire — our last month in Paris, and I decided that I would rather be out and about, taking photos and enjoying our last bit of time together in our favorite place on Earth.

Our favorite activity was definitely taking long walks — we would walk from our place up by Sacré Coeur to the Seine, taking in the sights, enjoying the bands that were playing, and taking in the beautiful weather.

We’re in the states now visiting family and getting ready to move on to the next big place in our lives.  While its great to be seeing family and be back in America, we sure do miss our home in Paris.

Seine Walk

Seine Walk
Seine Walk
Seine Walk
Seine Walk
Seine Walk
Seine Walk
Seine Walk

The Husband and I have been trying to take time out of our schedules to visit everything that we haven’t been able to do yet in Paris.  A few weekends ago I was able to head out of the city to visit the Château d’Écouen, home of the Renaissance Museum for France.

It was nice to visit a Château that wasn’t extremely crowded — there were only about 3 other people in the whole château!  The funniest part of the whole ordeal was the fact that in almost every room there was a sign explaining that this wasn’t the original decor, that had been sent to this or that château, and what was currently found in the room was from this or that other château.  My personal favorite room was the gallery of stained glass, which, as the sign so kindly explained, used to be completely lined with stained glass that now resides in another Château, so now the walls are entirely covered in tapestries with nary a window in sight, haha.

Although this Château did have its quirks, it was definitely worth the 30 minute ride out of the city if only for the walk through the woods that we were able to make to get back to the train station.  It was beautiful!

Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen
Château d'Écouen

One of the fun things that I do here is work as a private French teacher for ex-pats.  Lucky me I have the coolest students who like to go on outings to practice their vocabulary!

A few weeks ago we learned about des animaux and a group of us set out to the Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes to practice naming animals.  It had been so long since I’d been to a zoo that I’d forgotten how fun they can be!  Highlights included two apes kissing, seeing raccoons in captivity, the hedgehog exhibit, and hanging out with four teenage boys all afternoon.  They keep me young.

Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

One of the greatest parts of having finished my Masters and waiting around Paris till The Husband finishes his is having lots of free time!  While I am teaching private French lessons so we have a steady income, with our visas as Non-EU citizens we are only allowed to work 20 hours a week.  Meaning now that I don’t have classes and homework and a thesis hanging over my head, I get to truly enjoy living here again and try to get to see everything on my list before we leave (which is coming up sooner than either of us would like to acknowledge….).

It had been almost a year since I had last been to Père Lachaise, one of my favorite spots in the city, so I met up with a friend who is here from New York for a few months and her two children to do some exploring.  It was nice to show one of my favorite spots to someone who had never seen it and recapture some of the original magic that makes me love Père Lachaise so much.  Bonus: this time there didn’t happen to be a stoned man hanging out on Jim Morrison’s grave, so thats always a plus!

Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris
Paris

As I look back on these photos, I am reminded of how lucky we are to be living out a dream, even if our plans don’t always work out as we imagined them.  It’s particularly hard to be away from family and friends when we are having a hard time, as we have been lately.  But places like this and the friends that we have made here make it easier to get through the hard spots in life.

I’m grateful for every opportunity we’ve had while we’ve been here, especially the ones like visiting le Mont Saint-Michel, a place so gorgeous it took my breath away and strengthened my belief that there is a greater plan and purpose here on this earth.  We’re trying to make the most of our last two months here with more trips like this one (amidst the problem of finding out where we’re going to in the states, haha) and lots of long walks along the Seine.  That means lots of good pictures coming up!  But for now, enjoy the rest of the Mont Saint-Michel, or the time that we spent exploring the tiny paths through the tiers of houses on the island.  This was definitely one of the most incredible trips that we have taken this time in Paris.

Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel

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