I’m writing this from our apartment in Milan, Italy, thinking back on the past month. We have officially left France! I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. We had an amazing 6 weeks; an incredibly busy but altogether wonderful stay in Paris.
For those of you who don’t know, we were in Paris for TypeParis, an intensive 5 week type design course. Dave attended last year, and had an amazing experience, so contacted Jean François earlier this year to see if he could come back again in some capacity.
In April, while we were in the States, we found out that Dave was able to come back as a reporter of sorts – photographing the course and writing weekly blog posts about what was happening, while also being able to attend the classes and participate in the program. We’d originally planned to come home from our 6 week trip at the beginning of May, but decided to stay in Europe until after TypeParis, as it made more sense logistically and financially. After the Camino de Santiago (I’ll write about that experience in a later post), we headed to Croatia for 6 weeks, before arriving in Paris.
Dave & I rented an apartment in a suburb just outside of Paris (#onabudget), and it took about 45 minutes to an hour to get anywhere in the city. Dave rode to school each day using Vélib’, and I took the trains and buses to get from place to place.
I want to write a little more in depth about how Isla and I spent our days (and I will), but to be honest, we weren’t too adventurous. We didn’t visit every arrondissement, or go to every museum. We didn’t go to all the historical and cultural attractions. Instead we kept it simple (perhaps that’s all we could handle!). We took the train and bus in to see Dave for his lunch break most days, we visited parks, we did the washing, went grocery shopping, read books together.
As the days dwindled and our time to leave drew near, I realised there were a few things on my list that I wasn’t going to get to do. Whilst disappointing, I know our time with Paris isn’t over forever. I’ve been so thankful for the past six weeks, and I can’t wait to share a little more about what we got up to! In the meantime, here are a few photos taken over the past month.