A part-time Ex-Pat - the journey begins...
Greetings from Paris, where we’ve just dropped daughter Pirrie off at school, starting her degree program in Fashion Business & Marketing at IFA. I still don’t really believe it all. But it is indeed really happening, and it’s all good.
I haven’t been blogging in quite a while - it seems most people have gone to short-form updates via Instagram these days. While we’re living in France for the rest of the year, I though I’d post some longer stuff here - perhaps a better forum to get into the experience of being a part-time expat, and better for those who are not on social media (and bless you if that’s you - it’s hard to resist the addictive lure of that communication device in the palm of your hand and platforms that are designed to be more addicting than crack, but I’m not convinced it is doing much good when all is said and done!)
Arrived in Paris 12 days ago, and have really enjoyed living in the 10th along the Canal St. Martin. It’s a real Paris neighborhood, not the touristy Paris that I’ve spent most of my time here previously. It’s a much better way to appreciate what a wonderful city this is. We’ve made a commitment to basically stay in our quartier and get a feel for what it’s like to really live here. I’m happy to report it’s quite wonderful. It’s made me appreciate Paris so much more. The crowded, crazy tourist-centric Paris is worth seeing, of course. The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Marmatton, etc. are musts - but once you’ve done that, there’s a real Paris out there where people actually live, and it is absolutely a joy.
Will be a bit sad to leave here on Friday, when we head down to Lyon, where we’ll stay for the rest of the year (I’ll be back in Portland for a few days next month for our Pickup events October 12 & 13), but I’m really looking forward to settling into daily life in Lyon. It’s a magical city I really love, and it could very well be my long-term home one of these days.
Climate change has brought about another mega-early harvest in both Burgundy & Champagne, though different sectors will be starting much later than others. The Aube in Champagne started last week, with most of the Marne and Montagne de Reims kicking off over the next week to 10 days. Similar story in Burgundy, where some folks started on September 1, but others, notably the Côte de Nuits, gearing up for a start around September 21 or so.
In the meantime, we’ve been eating quite well here in Paris, and running a lot. There’s a great path along the canal out through a beautiful park that provides a nice 10K out & back. I’ll be running the Lyon half-marathon on October 6th, so am cranking up the mileage for the next couple of weeks before a nice taper prior to the race.
More updates, photos, and observations as it all happens…