Last Three Months in Paris

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We are well and truly back from our cycling holiday in Germany. It’s amazing how far away it already seems. Our next holiday, a six-day home exchange in Lisbon, is scheduled for September.

Closerie Falaiseau in Blois last time we were there at the end of our holiday

Closerie Falaiseau in Blois last time we were there at the end of our holiday

Now we have to get ready for our move to Blois at the end of October, which means we only have three months left. It’s a bit daunting even though I’m ready to leave Paris (though I might occasionally miss the view from our balcony). Closerie Falaiseau will be our own home, as opposed to our apartment in the Palais Royal which is part of Jean Michel’s job.

As we have guests in our gîte up until 6th October, we’ll be going down for a couple of weeks after that to get everything ready for the movers.

The current downstairs bedroom will become our combined study which means redispatching the furniture, putting some of it in the little house while waiting for re-use either in the future gîte or an investment I’m hoping to make in Tours.

The upstairs living room with its secondhand sofa

The upstairs living room with its secondhand sofa

The furniture in the other rooms will also have to be moved around to take the content of our apartment in Paris. Some, such as the upstairs sofa and chairs we bought at Troc de l’Ile, will be resold.

I’ve been planning what will go where and I think I have everything sorted out. Despite the fact that it is a big house, the rooms are very large and we don’t have much storage space so I don’t want to take anything we’re not sure we’ll use again.

The view from our balcony which I might miss ...

The view from our balcony which I might miss …

It’s a pity that I will still be working as a freelance translator for the next 5 years – I could have got rid of the entire content of my office! But I’m having a change of furniture and am resolved to only take what I really need.

Many people have asked me if I’ll miss Paris. I don’t think so. What I will miss is seeing my friends who live here and those from further away who will come to Paris but not to Blois. But we’re not that far away (less than 1 ½ hours by train) so we can schedule regular visits.

The overgrown vegetable patch when we got back from Germany

The overgrown vegetable patch when we got back from Germany

What I’m looking forward to is the garden and the nearby forest, less traffic and more friendly people in shops and restaurants.

I’d say that the only real drawback of Closerie Falaiseau is that it’s on the edge of town and there are no shops within walking or even cycling distance. I’ll have to plan more carefully. Since I make my own bread, it doesn’t matter that we don’t have a bakery close by. Even living in the middle of Paris, we practically never go and buy fresh croissants …

Catching up with Australian friends in Paris - Carolyn from Holidays to Europe in the Palais Royal Gardens

Catching up with Australian friends in Paris – Carolyn from Holidays to Europe in the Palais Royal Gardens

As I’ve always worked from home, I’m used to spending the day by myself, but it will be different for Jean Michel who will need to plan activities that involve other people.

We’ve already make several friends in and around Blois, especially through the Loire Connexion, so I’m not worried about our social life as a couple.

A drink with fellow bloggers and friends in Paris

A drink with fellow bloggers and friends in Paris

We both love the house and garden and would presently much rather be there than in Paris, so I think that’s a good start, don’t you?

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10 Responses to Last Three Months in Paris

  1. Yes, that view from the balcony is stunning. Still, the Closerie suits you. You’ll be busy!

  2. Susan Walter says:

    JM definitely needs to join a club. The mairie will have a list of local associations. That’s probably the quickest and easiest way of finding out what’s available in your area.

    The investment in Tours sounds intriguing (and a good idea).

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      I think he’s got plenty of plans for mushroom associations, fishing, mountain trekking and so on but he’ll probably need time to find his feet. It’s a pity we aren’t both retiring at the same time!

      I need an investment to supplement my retirement (the better the investment, the sooner I can retire!). I thought of targeting the foreign student population that faces so many problems with guarantors in France. I can also help with administrative hassles.

  3. Francoise says:

    Et les amis voisins seront là pour vous accueillir et passer de bon moments
    Take it easy !
    Biz
    Francoise et Paul

  4. Ah, I miss your house in Loire Valley, Rosemary. However, I think you should enjoy your last three months in Paris. I think you’ll miss it.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Thanks Anda, we’ll try and make the make the most of it but will be spending quite a lot of time here in August and October.

  5. Carina says:

    Rosemary, there will be many of us here in Paris that will miss you. You’ll need to come back for regular coffee catch-ups.

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