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Buckle your seatbelts for even more photos of Chartres!  I couldn’t help myself — not only do I normally take way more photos than actually needed, I was mid-4 month freak-out about how we were leaving France soon and wouldn’t have many more opportunities to take photos of places like this.  If you want to see even more (but still not the full collection), check out my flickr page by clicking on the photos.

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Things have been moving quickly in these parts.  I feel like ever since we’ve gotten back to the states we’ve been running non-stop.  We got back in June.  Since then we’ve been to Florida visiting family, Utah for a wedding, Illinois visiting family, then are moving into Chicago this weekend where The Husband and I are both working, and are going to California next weekend.  Between all of that visiting we found time to job hunt enough for me to currently have two jobs.  We’ve been blessed in more ways than I can count since returning to the States, but incredibly busy at the same time.

Currently we’re sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of our apartment until we get to move all our furniture that we haven’t seen in 2 years (!!!!!!) in this weekend.  We have no internet.  We have no light in our bedroom.  We have nothing to cook with.  We’re so busy that neither one of us gets home till 9 at night.  And we’re incredibly happy.  I miss Paris with all of my heart, but it was time for that chapter to end and this one to begin.  We’re just hoping this domestic chapter is a short one and that we start another international adventure again soon…  In the mean time, enjoy my sporadic blogging of pictures of Paris that make me swoon.  Once we get internet I’ll post some pictures of our new home, Chicago.

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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

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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.

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I find that no matter how many times I go to the Louvre to wander on a rainy afternoon, I am constantly surprised by something that I come across.

This particular time, it was a beautiful painting found in a forgotten stairwell — one that was commissioned only a few years ago and therefore is special in terms of the Louvre.  MK and I spent our time wandering (as thats the best way to explore the Louvre, in my humble opinion) with no particular goal in mind except seeing some beautiful art and finding a particular room that had a special ceiling.

I’m going to miss rainy afternoons in the Louvre when we move back to the states.  Somehow, with all my visits there, I still get the feeling that theres so much more to be explored housed within those walls.

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Have you ever wondered what living in Paris is like?  What kind of apartment your money will get you?

Well, I’m here to answer those questions.
Europe is very different from the U.S.  in the regards that it’s much more squishy.  I’m not talking about feeling-wise, but space wise.  Part of this is due to the size of the city — Paris is much much smaller than a normal American city is.  (I can only put this in Chicago terms, but it’s basically the size of the Loop up the Lincoln Park.  So pretty tiny…)  Also, there are restrictions throughout all of Paris that make it so there are no sky scrapers — the Eiffel Tower is literally the tallest building in the city.
Anyways, all these size restrictions make real-estate not only much more expensive, but much smaller for what you get.
Take our apartment for example.  We pay about US $1000 for this place.  Here’s the grand tour.

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Now, you should know that we’re kind of living the high life.  Most people who pay in our price range have a toilet in our apartment, but their shower is sur le palier (out in the hall — aka one that they share with everyone else on the floor).  Plus we have two burners rather than one.

Also, since all of our stuff is in storage in America (if we’re staying here past the 2 year mark, then we get to ship our stuff!  YAY!), we had to find a furnished apartment, making the whole ordeal a little bit harder.
A little bit about the logistics of getting an apartment in France as an American.  Warning — no one here wants to rent you an apartment unless you are a. already in France and b. have a French bank account!  We went through so many great apartments because we didn’t meet the first requirement!  We originally thought we were going to have to spend our first week or so in a hotel while we apartment hunted, but stumbled across this one on an agency website and they were more than willing to rent to us (maybe because they know only desperate Americans would take it with the hot pink wall and lime green bed spread…).  Whatever the reason, we’re grateful to have it.
So there you have it.  Any questions?