Paris, by the numbers

It’s always an adjustment to come home from a long vacation, but I’ve been struggling more than usual after my most recent trip to Paris.

I’m happy to be home: I have a good life in Minnesota, full of friends I love, a home I love, a job I love …

And yet, it broke my heart to leave Paris.

“Why don’t we just move there?” Esteban asked last night. Ah, if only we were 20 years younger—or $2,000,000 richer.

“Because it doesn’t make sense,” I answered. It doesn’t make sense to sell our house in a down market, when we have only six years left on the mortgage. It doesn’t make sense to leave our jobs, our friends, our families …

So I’m determined to get over my existential malaise and get back to my good life in Minnesota.

But I’m already planning my next trip to Paris.

Until then, I at least have many happy memories. Like playing “house-number bingo” on a day when I was feeling photographically uninspired.

I’ll be back with numbers 11 – 20 in a few days. In the meantime, it’s back to my regularly scheduled life—already in progress.


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for making me smile. And no, we’re not sick of Paris yet – not by a long way. 😉

    You sound heartsick, if I may say so. One can fall in love with a place and time as much as with a person, after all. I hope that after the bitterness of parting has faded, the sweetness of memories will remain…

    • You are wonderful, dancingbeastie! And very insightful, too: Yes, I am soulsick. But it will pass … and the sweetness of the memories will indeed remain. As the saying goes, “It is better to have loved Paris and left, than to not have loved Paris at all.” Or something to that effect. So thank you, as always, for your kind comments.

  2. Quelle excellente ces numéros d’immeubles.
    Je n’y avait jamais penser. 🙂

    J’attend avec impatiente chaque jour les nouveaux billets sur ton blog, tu as tellement de choses intéressantes à dire et à montrer…

    MO from Paris. 🙂

      • Merci mille pour tes mots si douces, Mo — comme toujours. Et ne t’inquiètes pas pour ta petite faute: J’ai fait beaucoup, beaucoup plus de fautes que toi! 🙂

        J’ai pris aussi plusieurs de fotos des mosaïques de “Invader.” Mais ça sera un billet pour un autre jour …

  3. It is always hard to come back from a trip! I can empathize on that. I saw your photos from your trip. I’ve never been to Paris, but I want to go now 🙂

    • Hola, Sara! Si acaso tienes la oportunidad de ir a París, te lo recomiendo muchisísimo. (¿Tal vez para tu luna de miel?) 🙂

      Y, ¿cómo te va todo en Chile? ¿Ya estás bien asentada? Espero que todo te vaya bien. Saludos desde Minnesota …

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