After a wonderful, revitalizing trip back to the states, I had mixed feelings about returning to Paris. Living abroad has always carried the sentiment of living one foot out the door, half my life in Europe and the other on hold in the US. Friends scattered across the world, a “hometown identity crisis” (my family home in Philadelphia despite my never really having spent much time there coupled with living in a different city each year for the last ten years), and a date of expiration ticking time bomb on my visa is not the recipe for home sweet home.
Yet when I returned to my apartment in Paris, I felt as if that one foot out the door was ready to come inside and stay a while.
Back in the states, I had some time to rethink what I want to enjoy of Paris and gained valuable perspective from the lessons learned during the last year in the city. A favorite passed-time I hope to spend more time doing is capturing the extravagance of Paris, even in its most mundane, from behind the lens. So this weekend I took a stroll through Paris, camera in hand, and headed to some of my favorite places in the city. My stroll lead me from Place des Vosges to Eglise St Sulprice on the other side of the Seine. Bundled up against the cold that accompanies the lingering shades of grey, it felt like a wonderfully typical January day in Paris.
And thus I begin the journey with renewed vigor of creating a home out of Paris…