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