The past month has been quite interesting. The first part seemed to drag ever so slowly. The second however, began to pick up steam and suddenly we are three days away from our departure. For the first time I can actually say ‘we leave the day after tomorrow’. I am sitting in what was once our home office where there are only three pieces of furniture – a desk, a chair and a file cabinet – all of which will be gone shortly. The house is now empty filled only with the echoes of our footsteps. Oddly enough, I find that I am more calm than nervous or excited. I know this will change when the car comes to pick us up for the airport, but until that time, I will enjoy the peaceful moments we have left here.
Our apartment in Paris awaits our arrival. We think of it daily and while we have never set foot in it, we feel a deep connection to it already. Our dear friend Amelie has been an extraordinary help in finding our new home. She met with three realtors and created room by room videos for every apartment we asked her to look at for us. The one we settled on was the perfect fit for us and Amelie agreed. With the lease beginning on December 1st, a part of us has already begun to settle there – in spirit at least. As a living, breathing definition of friendship, Amelie has spent countless hours of her time making sure our apartment has a few things in it for our arrival. We purchased mattresses but that was not good enough for her so she brought in bed frames so we wouldn’t have to sleep with the mattresses on the floor. She also rented a truck and delivered some chairs and small side tables along with a few dishes and utensils not to mention getting our cable and phones hooked up. I cannot imagine how much more difficult this would have been without her. She is an angel on earth.
Our things, now securely on a container, are scheduled to leave for France today. They will sail South from Los Angeles, through the Panama Canal and then up to Le Havre France where they will be trucked down to Paris. We expect they will arrive near the end of February giving us ample time to sort out where we want everything placed in each room. Both Tink and Gertrude are also ready for the trip having been health screened by our Vet and certified by the USDA (I don’t think that makes them edible however). They will each travel in their own kennel in the cargo section of the plane. Air France has special animal cargo spaces that are heated so they will be as comfortable as possible during our flight. We will all arrive together to begin our new adventure in the City of Light and Love. Both dogs are clear something is up given the house has been emptied of all its contents. But we have been spending extra time with them to assure them that they are safe and loved.
We have also spent the last week saying our goodbyes to our friends. Some have been more difficult to say ‘goodbye’ to than others which is to be expected. But everyone has been so supportive and great with our decision. We have several reservations already in place for visits in the future. While we have plenty of room, we have established a ‘Four Day’ rule so we don’t end up with anyone overstaying their welcome :-).
I have included two pictures that Amelie took from the balcony of our apartment. One is during the day and the other at night. I think they speak for themselves.
Well, I think that is all for now. The next post will most likely be from Paris which is a very exciting thing to write. Happy New Year to all and we will see you soon.