Bonjour! Bonjour! Hello!
I’m so excited to be writing today, because well Paris! Haha, well not exactly (not yet I mean!). This article is all about Paris, and not necessarily traveling to Paris, but if you are interested in that check out my Binge Traveler post on Paris HERE! I’m sure you’ve seen me write about how Cory and I are currently learning French?! Well for those who don’t know we have consciously talked about one day in the near future about MOVING TO PARIS! But let’s not get to ahead of ourselves just yet, there is plenty in between that needs to be discussed!
Currently we are learning the language and I’ll tell you what we started in September 2017 and today I can say pretty confidently that we are moving along very nicely! Our vocabulary is growing, being able to read and put sentences together is much better that it was when we began. One of the hardest things about learning French on your own is trying to figure out the rules of the language, like with English, we have three different types of the word there and they all have different meanings and a specific position in a sentence. Well that’s exactly what we are trying to learn now, our vocabulary pool is getting bigger and bigger everyday. Le français est dur, French is hard, but my new idea is to try and get a hold of children’s reading books written in French like Dr. Seuss, or other fairy tails and learn that way, I think that’ll be a really fun twist on learning! Sometimes I think it’s a little overwhelming but being able to work on it with Cory is great because it seems to be that my vocabulary is better than his but his spelling is much better than mine so we make a great team when we are learning together! Pronunciation and spelling are on their own level of difficulty it really does take so much time to get comfortable with a different language.
So in the mean time, while we are learning the language, because we need to be fluent and comfortable before we make the move, hopefully in the year 2020! We are immersing ourselves in everything France, when it comes to books, dictionaries, yes we are trying to read French dictionaries, food and culture. Finding French bistro’s around town, Bistro Vendome is our absolute favorite and we’ve decided that if the food in France tastes like what we had there we are definitely going to make this move work!! Even on our evenings at home we have created French charcuterie boards full of french condiments, baguettes, meats and cheeses with a great French wine! There is literally nothing better! I’ve also been lucky enough, I asked for my birthday last year for a copy of Julia Child’s cookbook! Yes, just like in the movie Julie and Julia, one of my all time favorites one because if Julie hadn’t written that blog and cooked through Julia Child’s cookbook I would have done so myself! But not only that it’s based in Paris and it’s all about food! I’m really looking forward to picking some of Julia’s popular recipes and cooking them at home. For instance, one that has been on my list for ages is Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon a slow cooked beef and vegetable dish with a thick red wine sauce and it’s to die for! And French onion soup is my all time classic comfort soup, get rid of the chicken noodle I want this classic instead as the French call it soupe à l’oignon!
Although we still have so much time and learning before we make our big jump across the ocean we can’t help but take a look on Indeed France and looking at apartments within Paris. We’ve been looking around and we think on most ways of living we would save more money there than here in the U.S. which is great we can use our savings to explore the beautiful place we’ve decided to call home! From the many articles and books we’ve read about expats moving over to this foreign land it has really changed their outlook on the many things that we American’s say are everyday occurrences.
For instance, one writer mentioned that her attitude toward meal times had drastically changed when she moved. In France, time off for lunch in sacred vs. in the U.S. where you see many of your colleagues eating at their desk and scarfing as much food down in the 15 minute- lunch break we are given. She says, for two hours offices close and everyone including bakers, butchers, road workers all take their time and enjoy at the restaurant of choice.
Another mentioned that France changes the way you drink, many writers and expats alike have found that they drink more while abroad than when they are state side, why that is well my guess is they are most well known for their popular wine and they make some of the best champagne in the world and even have part of their country named after this fabulous drink; Champagne, France is where you can find some of the best bubbly in the world!
Another distinction between living in the U.S. and living in France is quality over quantity. Paris-based American writer Lindsey Tramuta, who runs the Lost in Cheeseland blog says she’s learned to value quality above all else. She says her base expectations on quality whether it be ingredients, products, produce, home goods, experiences, craftsmanship-have gotten higher living in France the past nine years. So I guess France knows exactly what they are doing when it comes down to daily living, it’s not always the biggest and best that wins the race or the prize but like we’ve always said it’s the quality over quantity that wins every time.
And now to tie everything up my absolute favorite is what they call less work and more life! Paris-based author Matthew Fraser can account for the fact that living in France will bring about a significant shift in work-life balance.”I’ve shedded the workoholism of my previous career-obsessed existence and now appreciate with epicurian relish the pleasures of each moment,” he says. “In Paris, when you are enjoying a bottle of claret in a restaurant with friends, or walking your dogs along the Seine, that moment suffices in itself. In other words the quality of life is what matters to these people and they want to live every moment to its fullest and as you can tell they do just that!
Now most people would tell you,when you’re moving, you need to visit the town you want to move to especially when it’s in a different country! So along with learning the language we are also saving up to take an awesome European expedition! So far we have decided our dates of travel, May 11-27th of 2019. We have made a goal to save $100 each until August of this year, we started in August of last year, and then we will double it this coming August by the end of our savings we hope to have over $5000 for our initial flights over there and transportation to and from other cities within. We are planning on a full two week trip flying into Denmark, stay a day or two there and visit family in Sweden as well. After, we will fly to Greece and spend about five days there and island hop from Mykonos to Santorini! The last destination on our trip will be Paris, highly anticipated and hopefully our new home! We will spend the rest of our trip here taking in the scenery and finally being able to immerse ourselves in the language and really test our skills! We’ve put lots of planning and time into this new adventure of ours and we are totally in love with the idea! We absolutely can’t wait for what the future hold for us but whatever it is we’re hoping it’s French!
There is so much to look forward to and I’m excited to take you along our journey to Paris, make sure to check back and see my Julia Child’s recipe books put to good use, updates on our learning and steps toward our trip planning on both Instagram @alexanadenise and my Facebook page, AlexanaDenise!