I am very pleased to announce that I am unofficially (pending visas) moving to Paris this Summer! There are many things to be excited about; the food, the architecture, the museums, the wine, however I am mostly excited about the change in lifestyle.
Parisians savour the small pleasures in life. They have fewer possessions, smaller homes, and often travel by bike, foot, or public transit. They edit their belongings so that what they do own is stylish, functional, and of the highest quality. Reading about Parisians has inspired me to live a more minimal lifestyle where experiences trump things and where less is more.
The best article that I have read so far while researching, was about an American student who lived with a French family on exchange for 6 months. Every night after dinner, one where the whole family sat down together and had lively conversation over a drawn out meal (No TV!), they would have a cheese course. It would always be Camembert and the father would exclaim with the upmost enthusiasm, "Camembert, the King of Cheeses!", as he savoured a small slice. This is a man that truly enjoyed life's simple pleasures. The article went on to explain that the mother held a small but stylish wardrobe that all worked together; effortlessly chic. She never went to the corner store without her finest scarf and a fresh coat of lipstick, however she was far from high maintenance. The French feel that the way you present yourself is a reflection of the respect you have for others. In fact, old school ethics and protocol are very important to them. Don't enter a shop without greeting the shopkeeper with a quick "Bonjour" and don't put your hands under the table when dining! I can't wait to immerse myself in the French culture and hopefully pick up a few tips on living la bonne vie!
I am moving to France with my husband who is a Vancouver-based architectural and fine art photographer. We hope to gain invaluable work experience, travel to many new lands, learn a new language, and live life to the fullest. We only plan to stay one year but you never know where life takes you.
This blog is about to get a lot more interesting! There will be plenty of travel tips, inspiration, and hopefully I can show you the Paris you've never seen before! I look forward to sharing my journey with you!