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So Far, So Great

So turns out living in Paris is pretty awesome. I had been warned that everything is slower in France when it comes to getting things set up. So we came in with low expectations but we’ve been very happy with how things are coming together. (We still don’t technically have a bank account, cell phone, or place to live, so maybe I am being optimistic.) I have to give credit to Anne from PretaVoyager (she is also a Design Sponge editor) who we hired to help us look for apartments and act as a translator. She is so helpful and awesome. There are things on the burner so hopefully by the end of this week we will have all three.

Here are some pictures Paul took in the neighborhood we are staying, Montemarte. The first few are pictures of our building (and the six flights of stairs) plus the view from the balcony.

photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. jodi

    February 7, 2011

    oh, how wonderful.

  2. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    February 7, 2011

    Having low expectations ia a good way to live and almost a sure way to be content.

    Hope you find the apartment of your dreams.

  3. Two For Joy

    February 7, 2011

    wow, that view is absolutely amazing!! hope things fall into place for you all soon so you can finally relax and have that sense of "home". 🙂

  4. Heidi

    February 7, 2011

    I am so envious of your adventure. I spent my Jr year of college in Paris and I love the city. I am looking forward to reading about your time there.

  5. Alice Q. Foodie

    February 7, 2011

    I just can't get over how it always looks exactly the way it's supposed to! And you're going to learn French! So glad you're enjoying it, and can't wait to hear more!

  6. London Lisa

    February 7, 2011

    This is so amazing! I'm moving to London in September so we are in "similar" boats. Bonne chance! (good luck)

  7. agirlandaboy

    February 7, 2011

    Is it weird to think that, in a way, you're living the American Dream by running off to France? 😉

  8. Marine

    February 7, 2011


  9. Carolyn

    February 7, 2011

    Happy to hear that it's going well. I've been a reader of yours for a while, and I've been following your move happily. I moved to Paris a year and a half ago, and I couldn't love it more. Enjoy!

  10. Sara @ House Bella

    February 7, 2011

    Oh, I love it! Looks beautiful!

  11. Monica from Hola!design

    February 7, 2011

    hello, jordan! glad to see everything is going smooth.
    i stayed in Montmartre, too and I loved it.
    Good luck!

  12. Catherine

    February 7, 2011

    Looks amazing! I will actually be renting a Paris apartment through HIP in April, so I'm looking forward to your posts on adventures in the city!

  13. Donna

    February 7, 2011

    absolutely beautiful!

  14. Jamie @ See You There!

    February 7, 2011

    AH, i LOVE Montmartre, it was my favorite area of Paris!! if you can, stay there! these pics are just lovely 🙂

  15. Prêt à Voyager

    February 7, 2011

    You are defying all odds, Jordan and I'm super impressed! It's been a pleasure helping out and getting to hang out with your wonderful family in this amazing city 🙂

    Fingers crossed the rest falls into place!

    Bisous, Anne

  16. Rachel

    February 7, 2011

    Montmartre-what a great place to start your Paris adventure! What a beautiful part of the city.

  17. snygg

    February 7, 2011

    That sounds pretty good! And Montmartre, well, there can be worse neighbourhoods to live in that this one 🙂

  18. robin k

    February 7, 2011

    Love the pictures!

  19. Emily

    February 7, 2011

    what a great adventure! i've been following your sister's and your travels over to france and find myself thinking of you all a little throughout the day – so exciting and such a reminder that it can be done if you just go for it!

  20. Victoria

    February 7, 2011

    Looks a fabulous neighbourhood. Enjoy.

  21. Sandra

    February 7, 2011

    These photos make me we weak in the knees. They are beautiful and I am most envious of your move to Paris!


    February 7, 2011

    that apartment is ridiculous (the good kind)!

    also, it's social media week in paris this week, if that's something you'd be interested in.

  23. laura

    February 7, 2011

    you should definitely go to Rose Bakery in your neighborhood..delicious, and they speak English which is always nice!

  24. kh

    February 7, 2011

    This is all so wonderful! Love that you (and your sis) are making these dreams happen.

  25. michelle

    February 7, 2011

    go get a red balloon for Moses – stat.

  26. gret

    February 7, 2011

    Oh wow, I can't describe how happy I am for you! Those images are incredible.

  27. Jessica Appelgren

    February 7, 2011

    Have you taken your kids on the merry go round in Montmartre yet? I LOVE that neighborhood! Enjoy

  28. Kendall

    February 7, 2011

    Ahhh!!! This is so exciting for you. I can't wait to see more!

  29. Anonymous

    February 8, 2011

    The correct spelling is Montmartre, not Montemarte.

  30. mai

    February 8, 2011

    welcome to Paris! good luck with apartment hunting!

  31. Traveling Mama

    February 8, 2011

    I am so excited for you guys! Hope this is a great and productive week for you!

  32. Lost In Cheeseland

    February 8, 2011

    What a fabulous view. So glad you're settling in nicely! Erica's place is absolutely gorgeous!

  33. L A M A R T I N É

    February 8, 2011

    soooooooo HAPPY for you guys!!!!

  34. Julie

    February 8, 2011

    those photos say it all! what a beautiful city.

  35. Jolynn

    February 8, 2011

    I love it. Paris is my dream city and my husband has no idea why. It is just those simple pictures. I think we are planning on going this fall. Yeah!!!! So I am taking lots of notes.

  36. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon

    February 8, 2011

    Montemarte looks beautiful! i would love to pick up live somewhere else – it sounds like such an adventure. good luck finding a place!

  37. Busy as a Bee in Paris

    February 8, 2011

    These photos are gorgeous! I live 30 minutes away from Paris and yet this is not the kind of thing I see every day. Makes me want to go into the city more often! With young children it's not often possible, but since you're already living there… wonderful!

  38. Savvy in San Francisco

    February 8, 2011

    Looks absolutely lovely! You are living out a dream of mine. I am going to live vicariously through you for the next year! Bon chance!

  39. Sara

    February 8, 2011

    Your temporary pad is beautiful – love it. Can't wait to see the more permanent digs.

  40. Sandle

    February 8, 2011

    What an adventure! I lived in Orleans, about 80 miles outside of Paris, for four years. Loved it! Soak in all that you can and happy apartment hunting!

  41. Barbie

    February 8, 2011

    Best of luck! Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures in Paris. I'm totally living vicariously through you!

    I lived in a 5th floor walk-up for several years. Like in your case, the view (mine was of the Manhattan skyline) was worth the trek.

  42. jane

    February 9, 2011

    reading about your move chips the cement blocks off my immobile feet. just a little. 🙂 cheers!

  43. Sigrid

    February 9, 2011

    this is going to be fun not just for you and your family, but all of us out here. thanks for sharing your adventures!

  44. annawithlove

    February 14, 2011

    just got back from Paris on saturday, I miss it already I want to move there so badly! love it.

  45. Anonymous

    February 23, 2011

    i lived in this building!! my husband and i lived at 14 rue houdon, and have moved to ny now. montmarte is definitely the best area of paris by far!

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