Today marks the longest time I have ever spent in Paris. It would be the same for Mitch however, his was marked earlier this week since he left 3 days before me during our last trip in August. In that time I am very proud to say that we have accomplished many things. We bought a washer/dryer unit and had it delivered to the house. It took three delivery attempts before it actually arrived, but it is here. The delivery men tightened the water hose too much and cracked it so it leaked a little. I had the local handy man, Alberto, come and fix it for us. We purchased two amazing new mattress sets and had them delivered. The delivery men showed up on time and without incident. Both of our phones are now on French carriers. Of course in the process of switching Mitch’s phone over, I somehow managed to change the phone’s lock code and was not able to unlock it. After a frantic post on Facebook, I was able to remotely erase the phone and then restore it from a back-up. The new TV that we purchased is beautiful and looks amazing on the mantle in what will eventually be our library. Of course most of the programing is in French but it is nice to be able to turn it on and see a picture. It has literally been a month and a half since we have watched any TV. Not that we watched a lot back in the states, but an hour at the end of the day to decompress was nice. While watching an episode of Modern Family dubbed in French, I somehow touched a button that had it play in the original English. That was amazing!!! Our WiFi is great, we have French bank accounts that I can access on-line. That is fun – trying to figure out the on-line banking while not being able to read French. I just hope I don’t transfer money to the wrong person. Two of our neighbors invited us to l’Aperitifs which will be a completely separate post. Gertrude and Tink are almost on regular schedules which is REALLY awesome – if you get my drift. We are the proud owners of a little wheeled cart which we bring with us to the local street market twice a week. Speaking of which, we now know several of the vendors who greet us with very welcoming ‘Bonjours’ whenever we show up at their stalls. We are starting to get a sense of what it is like to live here. The day-to-day nitty gritty of it all. Laundry, shopping, doing dishes, emptying the garbage, mailing things, phones working and not working, etc. At times it has been really hard and frustrating, but you know what, we don’t care. We are in Paris. Every time we walk out of our front door we look right at the Eiffel Tower. At the end of the block we turn right and down the street is the Domed Church which its massive gold dome glistening in the light – day and night. We are walking distance to at least two dozen Patisseries all of which can bring you to your knees with their freshly baked works of art. Butcher – got it. Bread – got it. Fresh fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables – all right here within two minutes of where we live and all of the finest quality prepared or curated by masters who have been doing what they do for years and years and years. Just stepping out onto our street is like walking into the past with the architecture and cobble stone streets. The above ground train track down the block was designed by Gustave Eiffel and looks like a horizontal version of his Tower which has now become the symbol of France. The people are warm and friendly (regardless of what anyone says) and we love being in the city with them. So no matter how our day is going, it is going that way in Paris which is why the title of this post is ‘The Highs and the…Highs’, because in a city filled with such beauty and history there can only be Highs.
The photos for this post highlight some of the things we get to experience each and every day. Most are shots of food, but there are some of the things we have purchased (we are still waiting for the ship to arrive with our furniture and other things from the states so the apartment is relatively empty) including our new mid-century Danish dining room table, a pair of 19th century coat hooks and a beautiful 18th century etching of Saint Germain en Laye. Enjoy.