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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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Before our friends The Loggers left Paris for good (this time around…) they treated us to a jaunt up the Tour Montparnasse.  Now, I had successfully avoided going up this monstrosity until that fateful night simply because I had already been up the Eiffel Tower and The Arc de Triomphe numerous times, but I have to say it was pretty cool.  If you’ve got a thing for looking over cities and have already visited the Tour Eiffel and the Arc de Triomphe, the Tour Montparnasse should be your next stop.  It’s basically the second Eiffel Tower of the city.

Did you know that there are regulations within Paris city limits about how tall a building can be?  Well, the Tour Montparnasse is one of the only ones that has been completed and stands above these regulations, giving it one of the most interesting views over the Eiffel Tower that you can get.  That being said, my favorite way to view the city from up high is still from the Arc de Triomphe, but the Tour Montparnasse wasn’t too shabby!

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Tour Montparnasse
Tour Montparnasse
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Tour Montparnasse

The Husband and I took a night off a few weekends ago to spend some time together.  Sometimes an outdoor picnic to enjoy the last bits of summer is just what the doctor ordered, and just what our relationship needs to take away some of the stress that is constantly trying to sneak its way in.  One of my favorite things to do is to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle — no matter how cliché it is, my soul is happiest when lying back on our Moroccan print blanket, drinking some apple juice, and chatting while staring at something incredibly beautiful.  Nights like this remind me of how lucky we are when everything else seems to be going wrong.

Champ de Mars
Champ de Mars
Champ de Mars

We’ve recently made some new friends– The Loggers, that have been kind enough to take multiple vacations with us (Germany, England), as well as hanging out with us on a fairly regular basis.  Lucky for us, not only do they put up with our shenanigans, they also have a drop dead amazing view from their apartment.  Behold, the view that I wish I had most nights around sunset (rather than our rather sad view of three trashcans, a dying plant, and a recycling bin).  Oh, the glory of living on the top floor in France, where all buildings are short!

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If you guys have never been to Paris– definitely check out La Défense, the area over which this apartment looks.  Not only are the sunsets over this part of town (well, not really part of town since its not in Paris…) breathtaking, this is the modern part of the city, meaning that there are not only some really cool buildings and sculptures, but if you’re from a big American city like me (shout out to CHICAGO!!!!!), you’ll feel a little more at home in this part of the city than you do in the rest of Hausmannian Paris.