After a long and largely uneventful flight we have arrived in Fontainebleau! Preparing for the move went way too quickly and was way harder than any 14-hour flight with two stops and a layover in Reykjavik could have been. During our last week in Vancouver, we spent days hauling our belongings out of our apartment and into storage at my sisters' (thanks T!), hours packing and crying and packing again. I scrubbed the apartment clean for our tenant. I said my goodbyes. I watched Amelie. And then we were off.
I spent most of the flight reading Jullia Child's My Life in France, dreaming up different ways to fill this year with interesting things and planning exciting day trips with my Lonely Planet France. We landed at noon on January 6th, shuttled to the Gare de Lyon, and took the train to Fontainebleau with our 6 pieces of luggage in tow! BIG mistake. I will forever have the image of P pushing a gigantic luggage cart up to the train station platform burned into my memory! A, our new landlady, picked us up at the train station in a very tiny car and drove us and all of our things to our new apartment. It looked just like the pictures that she sent by emailing that I posted before, and is super cute and cozy. However, the kitchen makes me miss my old apartment desperately. Only a bar fridge and a hot plate! My dreams of learning the art of french cooking may have to be thrown out as I now realize that our meals will be limited to what I can make in a frying pan and a small soup pot. Please send me any good one-pot recipes you know!
We have both been recovering from jetlag slowly, with the help of copious amounts of cappucinos and cheese. Feeling better today, we spent the day sightseeing in Paris!! We walked through the market on rue de Mouffetard, found the Pantheon, discovered the latin quarter and gazed at the Centre Pompidou!