International Travel: Paris Edition

Since we drove into Boston, things have been pretty crazy. We had to unpack our overloaded VW, sell said VW, find an apartment, acquire said apartment, and put the finishing touches on time in Paris. 


We finally had a few moments to breathe, and I thought it might be nice to document our little excursion. While we were packing up, I had the opportunity to look at some of our old pictures, and memories…and it really made me realize how important taking pictures are. Or at least documenting memories in some way. Pictures can transport us from time and place to another, reminding us of happy, sad, and in between times. 


This picture, we took in 2010, the day Tyler left to go to his first JAMP program in Dallas. He was driving across the country, leaving Boston for two years, to join me in San Antonio, TX. He drove in the same white VW Rabbit we drove back to Boston in, and it was just as overloaded then as it was this time around. 

Revere Beach, 2010

So when we came back this time around, I thought it fitting that we go back and take a similar picture. A bit grainier, not at sunrise, and a completely different sentiment. It wasn’t a bittersweet “see you later” to Boston, but instead an ecstatic “HALLELUJAH! We’re BACK!” sentiment. Two years later, married, older, wiser, more in love, and pre-grad students. Some things change, some things don’t. 


Revere Beach, 2012

The long and short of it is: I’ll be taking a ton of pictures when we go to Paris. I want to experience it, and then be able to look back, holding a picture (or let’s be realistic here, looking at a picture online), and be transported back to that time and place. 


Also! Travel Tips! So I usually do recipes, and although we will have a kitchen in Paris, I may be too excited by the fact that I’m eating in Paris to actually take pictures of it, so I’m going to be putting down Travel Tips! First one is below…it’s actually how found our apartment! The next time I post…it will probably be from Paris!


Travel Tip #1: Explore airbnb


Where to stay is always a question when you are travelling, especially internationally. It can get really expensive, and if you’re staying for a long period of time, do you really want to stay in a hostel the whole time? This website is a short term or long term apartment rental website. Basically any where you want to travel, you can find different places to stay, all in different price ranges.  We found our apartment in central Paris for 3 weeks at a reasonable price (something a teacher and a student) could afford. We’ll have the one bedroom to ourselves, with a laundry unit, fridge, great view, and stove/oven.


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