The past few days have been so incredibly beautiful. It’s rained quite a bit and the Seine is rushing faster than usual. In between the downpours, the sun breaks through in absolute brilliance. Walking home yesterday I was treated to these sights at Invalides.
Being in Paris right now is exhilarating. The city is bustling with people doing their Christmas shopping. There seems to be fewer tourists but I imagine they’ll be back closer to the holidays. There is a bite in the air and it’s been quite windy, but the sun is still warm.
If you’ve been reading this blog regularly for almost any amount of time, you’ll know I have a thing for sky views. In Edinburgh I loved the variety of cloud shapes and the million shades of grey one would see in the course of a day. And when the sun would peek through, it was brilliant. It’s the same here, and I guess it’s probably the same everywhere. I just happen to like seeing those dramatic skies behind European cityscapes. Yesterday, we walked over to our new flat to meet with our future landlord. The new place is smaller than I remember it being and we’re both a bit nervous about spending six months in less than 200 square feet! And I’m starting to question the whole 19 square meters thing…this place is tiny. But the one advantage it has over our current flat is the view. Where we’re currently living we’re on the inside corner of a courtyard and we don’t get a lot of natural light and you cannot see the sky. Thanks to the six-story walk-up at our new flat, we’ll be above everything and will once again be able to see the sky. Hopefully that will make up for the small space…
We’re moving in three weeks, so I’m taking more pictures of our current neighborhood. This afternoon’s sunshine was a great motivator to pull out the camera, adjust my settings, and snap some pictures.
I’m going to miss living on this little island, but it will be fun to be in a more authentically “French” neighborhood.
This is the last week of class before we break for Christmas. I’m excited to have some time off and plan on taking lots of walks and checking out the Christmas decorations that are popping up all over Paris. It is funny because in our neighborhood, the approach to decorating seems to be a bit random. One day they add a string of lights on one tree and another across the street. A week later six Christmas trees appear on the bridge around the corner. A few days later, more lights are placed on a few more trees and there’s more decorations on above the streets. So funny. It’s almost like living in an Advent calendar where each day brings a new surprise.