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It’s been raining pretty non-stop here in Paris for the past month and a half, so when we saw that the day of my graduation was supposed to be sunny and semi-warm, I immediately knew that I wanted to do a picnic under the Eiffel Tower for my graduation meal rather than going out somewhere fancy.  Granted, we did buy a 30 euro pastry cake to eat as celebration (okay…  so maybe we could have gone out to eat…), but this was an experience that one can only have while living here, and I wanted to do something memorable and strictly Parisian.

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The food was incredible, the scenery breathtaking, and the company the best I could ask for.  I can’t think of any other way that would be better to celebrate my fake graduation!

Dear all,

This is a sappy post, so feel free to not read it and skip to only the pictures.  I’ve been having a bit of a rough go lately, and needed to get something to my grandfather before he passes on quite suddenly.  Thanks for putting up with me using this blog as a means of getting a letter around the world that wouldn’t have made it if I had sent it by mail.

Dear Grandpa,

I know you don’t have much time left, mere hours probably.  You have no idea how much I wish I were there.  I wish that I had seen you more frequently than a year and a half ago. I wish we had been able to talk more since moving here.  I wish we lived on the same continent, because then, I would be there for you.

Although it pains me to not be there, to see everyone there, able to give you one last hug, and you holding on furiously to the iPad, trying to hug me through the screen, I know that me not being there for this doesn’t erase the 23 years of memories we have.  Or the special bond that we shared.  I know you love each of your grandchildren, but I always felt like you loved me most whenever we would talk — you have such a presence, such a way of being there, caring to the ends of the earth for the person that you are in conversation with.  You make me feel loved, even when you’re too sick to even realize it.

I hope I can be as good a parent some day as you have been to all of your children.  I hope I can love them all unconditionally, as you do, even when they aren’t doing what you know they should be doing.

I hope I can make you and Grandma proud.  I know you’ll always be there for me, even if it’s not immediately apparent.

For years I’ve been trying to get you to come visit me in Paris — this was one of your dreams, to return with Grandma to the place where you had once taken a whirlwind 6 hour taxi tour of the city on a layover between the States and Uganda.

Well, today’s your lucky day.  The Husband and I have been running furiously around Paris taking photos — just so you can come back to this magical city and spend a day with me.

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I love you.  I miss you.  I wish we had all the time in the world.

See you on the other side.

The other day while The Husband and I were out for a walk I notcied these Haussmanian buildings close to our place, with the tippity top of the Eiffel Tower peeking over the buildings all the way on the right:

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As we continued along our merry way, we drew up to one of the buildings featured in the above photo, and were greeted with this work of art on the bottom level.

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The juxtaposition of old vs. new in Paris has to be one of my favorite parts of the city — I love a nice classic French building, but I love it even more if it houses a modern work of art like this one!

I’ve heard that theres a couple of companies here that do great graffiti tours of Paris —  I’ve been recommended the street art tour done by these people.  Here’s hoping The Husband and I find money (and time) to go one of these days!  Any one want to hit up some urban art with us?

Lets talk about why my life has been so great lately.

1. Sunday morning, I got all sexified for church. Seriously, red lipstick, Audrey Hepburn hair, lbd, the whole nine yards. Then, I got on the metro and found out that {seriously} every.other.person was going to run a marathon. Imagine a metro in Paris full of men and women in running clothes (including a lot of extremely short, extremely tight shorts on older men….) and then me, rocking the red lipstick amongst them. I couldn’t help but burst out laughing like a crazy person.

2. In continuation of above story, now picture in your head the man who got on the metro at the Tuileries stop. (For those of you who don’t know, it’s fashion week here right now– yay!) Tall, skinny, asian, wearing a skinned Bigfoot on his back. I kid you not, this man was wearing a mid-calf black hair coat (not to be confused with fur) that looked like bigfoot. Cue more laughter. I would have creeped a picture if only he wasn’t sitting right next to me and watching my every move…

3. We got back from church on Sunday only to find our power out. Holy cold, Batman. We frantically had to call our landlord, then call our electricity providers, and wait for an electrician to come replace our breaker box that was broken. Good thing we had two computers and an ipad to run the batteries down on while we snuggled in bed….

4. Speaking of electricians, one of the hazards of having your breaker box in the closet is that every time one of them comes, they sort through your clothes while doing there work. I have now had my bras and underwear pawed through twice in the past two weeks by two different electricians. Good thing they’re all relatively sexy so they don’t think I’m an old maid or anything….

5. The Husband and I lived off a diet of popcorn, baguette, and Bonne Maman this past weekend. My three favorite foods, all together in my belly? Just call me the happiest person ever.

And now you know. Here’s an photo circa 2009 to make you all feel like you got something worthwhile out of this post.

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The End.

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A church. Squished between apartment buildings. Behind which I go to school? Definitely not in America any more.

Do you ever have those days where you just feel insanely sexy no matter what you do?  Yeah, today was one of those days for me.  I mean, it’s probably because of the hobo who was hitting on me in the métro as I silently jammed to Daft Punk on my way to class this morning, but it could have been the red lipstick, you never know…

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Sometimes, I’m mean and like to show off the fact that I work right next to La Tour Eiffel. Then I get it out of my system and get over myself.

Anyway, on days like today I like to make The Husband come pick me up from work and take some pictures of me.  You know, so when I’m old and fat from having babies we can show these to them as proof that every once in a while, I looked sexy in my youth.  That way they know theres still hope for them.

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Bag – Cambridge Satchel Company, Coat – Zara, Green Scarf – H&M, Black Scarf – Gap, Skirt – Zara, Tights – H&M, Boots – Brandless

 

 

What have I been up to lately? School. Oh yeah, and some of this too :).

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The view from work/My life as of late/ Valentines Day dinner/ The Husbands fashion week cut and style/Rocking a ridiculous fake ring till May

Even though I’m insanely busy, I can’t get over how lucky we are to be going to Grad School in Paris. Sometimes, I pinch myself to make sure it’s real. And The Husband wonders why I have so many bruises…

Coming soon: our failed attempt to casually cross the Chinese New Years parade after church

As I find myself increasingly preoccupied with the amount of homework bestowed upon my poor graduate student head this week my mind continually comes back to these color photos taken of Paris in the early 1900s.

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It’s amazing how Paris looks timeless and familiar, no matter what century the photos come from.

 

Lucky for you there’s a whole website of these goodies to get preoccupied with!

Enjoy!

http://www.paris1914.com/