|Dining room with space to move!|
We live in an apartment tall enough for adults!
Our apartment is finally big enough for us, but La Fère is smaller than anywhere either of us have ever lived. Fortunately, it really does have multiples of everything we ever need: 4 grocery stores, 2 pharmacies, 3 doctors, 3 cafés, our bank, 3 bakeries, the post office, and other random stores we have yet to enter. There are also at least 5 hair salons that we will never use.
For as much stuff as we don't have, and for as many times as both of us have moved in our lives (we're somewhere around a combined 25 times, plus the now 5 apartments in our 6 years of marriage!), we have been exceptionally slow at finishing this move-in.
|Living room with real couch!|
|Kitchen with huge fridge!|
|Kitchen with toaster oven!|
|Bathroom with rain |
And by every room, I do mean that, yes, we have more than one room! We have so many doors (5!) in this place, we don't even know what to do. We live on the first floor on the one-way street that takes you out of town, so the noise level in the front living/dining room is loud, but easily ignored.
|Bedroom with France map!|
|Backyard with work!|
I did put in a solid two hours of work, picking up rotten plums and dodging bees. I also picked as many good plums as were left to make what hopefully ends up being a decent jar of plum jam. Our neighbor who shares the yard cut back the tree a ton and cleaned up more of the plums. The problem with the plums is the day after everything has been cleaned, there are just as many new rotten plums all over the ground again.
Like I said: I hate yards.
|Doesn't every French entrance have fedoras, coats, slippers, and champagne?|
|The building across the street.|
We hope it will continue to lean more toward the former. The infrastructure already exists, and the population of the city is surprisingly very young. We will do our part to help while we are here, for however long that may end up being!
Aside from documenting #whereohwhereisLaFère on Twitter, Instagram, and the fresh new face of the blog, we have, of course, already lined up our next couple of adventures! I am also very excited to announce that Marc will be "guest blogging" monthly to give an even deeper insight into our life here!
I have 3 volleyball matches in Paris this season, and plenty of friends to stay with while I'm there! I'm also going to be able to continue to tutor about 2-3 times a month in Paris, which is such a blessing/relief/miracle because I love working at the engineering university so much!
In mid-October, we're taking the Eurostar to London for a night to catch a show and visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Yes!
For Christmas, we are flying to Madrid! We will be doing day trips all over central Spain, and hopefully getting to bask in some sunshine while we're at it! Get ready for #NavidadenMadrid2014 on the Spain blog pages!
We may be "out of Paris" now, but we are still very much in Europe, and we hope you will enjoy this new small-town perspective of our lives in France.
|The cathedral down our street.|
Being in the middle of nowhere in France is happily
still in the middle of somewhere in Europe.