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Living in France: Our Schedule

The best thing about moving to France so far is our schedule. When we first talked about moving to Paris I read Nichole’s post here about their schedule in Paris and it pretty much sounded like heaven to me. We were working crazy hours at the time and I thought “That is what I want.”

We work American hours so thats about 6pm-1am France time (sometimes more, sometimes less). Which means our schedule goes like this: we wake up everyday, Paul or I will walk down to the bakery to get some bread. We all get ready for the day and then go on errands and explore the city together. We go to museums, parks, shopping, eat crepes, sit, etc. Then evening time rolls around we start working, we take a break to put the boys to sleep and then work late into the night. Our kids are young so this might not work as well if they were school aged but for now its been pretty perfect. We get to hang out together every day. We love our schedule so much that we are already trying to figure out a way to extend our stay here.

  1. Susan

    April 6, 2011


  2. Smitten Design

    April 6, 2011

    sounds like a dream!

  3. Shannon

    April 6, 2011

    Incredible!! What a fabulous opportunity!

  4. Amy

    April 6, 2011

    I wish I could do that!! What time do you wake up?

  5. jordan

    April 6, 2011


    Our boys wake up at 7am so usually one of us gets up with them to get them breakfast, but we'll go back to sleep for another hour–its a slow morning. We are usually all up by 9am.

  6. Cheryl

    April 6, 2011


  7. Deedee Castillo

    April 6, 2011

    I'm dreaming of just doing that, right now!!!

  8. London Lisa

    April 6, 2011

    Such an amazing opportunity! Bravo for taking such a leap, and it working out wonderfully. I hope to have a working schedule similar to this when its time for me to start a family…and live in Paris no less! Many blessings to you and your lovely family!

  9. Rebekka Seale

    April 6, 2011

    That sounds crazy, but then again…if you're waking up around 9 you get 8 hours of sleep. Amazing! Actually, it doesn't sound crazy at all…it sounds like a perfect way for artists with little ones to work 🙂 Most of your work is, of course, done while they're asleep. Perfect! I think this is how I'll work when my little one gets here 🙂

  10. Kellie

    April 6, 2011

    Oh, I knew it was only a matter of time before I read the words "we want to stay here"……..

  11. Emma Ann Robertson

    April 6, 2011

    O man… this post makes me miss Paris so much 🙁 I lived there for 6 months and it most definitely captured apart of my SOUL!!! haha….

  12. Logan

    April 6, 2011

    Seriously. That is what heaven must be made of.

  13. Rose

    April 6, 2011

    Sounds pretty damn fantastic to me.

  14. bussbuss

    April 6, 2011

    THAT is the way to live! Your Parisian life sounds dreamy!

    My husband and I are very lucky in that we both work from home (no kiddos), so get the flexibility to walk to lunch together and to enjoy LA at off-peak (re: low traffic) hours. IF you can swing it, it's definitely the way to go (so much less stress).

  15. Busy as a Bee in Paris

    April 6, 2011

    i'm so excited, i talked to my hubby about finally wanting to get to know paris and he's now even more enthused than me! we started out with the jardin botanique and a drive through paris last saturday. it was wonderful he's a frenchy so he made me a list of things we're going to do this summer to discover paris! i'll post it soon on my blog! thanks! you've been an inspiration! enjoy! you're living the dream!!!!

  16. Lost In Cheeseland

    April 6, 2011

    Yes, do stay!

  17. Kayla

    April 6, 2011

    glad you're enjoying you parisian life- it sounds amazing!

  18. Grace

    April 6, 2011

    Sounds dreamy actually.

  19. Christy

    April 6, 2011

    Sounds wonderful! We have a plan to move to Paris in a year with two little ones the same age as yours and I love following your adventure. Such an inspiration. Thanks!

  20. Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

    April 6, 2011

    That sounds amazing – I've been trying to find a way to move myself from the country to the big city…enjoy every moment!

  21. la la Lovely

    April 6, 2011

    sounds like heaven to me too. I'm more of a night person anyways. Take advantage of all that you can do before your kids are in school….for sure!
    xo Trina

  22. abby

    April 6, 2011

    that's it; i'm moving to paris too.

  23. lauren

    April 6, 2011

    That sounds beyond incredible! Enjoy!

    xoxo Lauren

  24. The Shutter

    April 6, 2011

    I'm so loving your blog! Your first picture – Le Dome is where we rented our apt this summer! How funny is that?

  25. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011

    hi, i love your blog and love the look of your photos, which program or app do you use? thanks! -natalie

  26. Where My Heart Is

    April 6, 2011

    Jordan your schedule really is perfect for making the most out of living in Paris. It would be a shame to live there for a year and be stuck behind a computer all day.

  27. clo*bee

    April 6, 2011

    Way to make a dream year even better – how lovely!

  28. Janssen

    April 6, 2011

    I love this so much – thanks for sharing the details of your life abroad.

  29. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon

    April 6, 2011

    this post made me want to move to paris! love the idea of exploring the city and buying bread from a local bakery every morning. great pics too!

  30. Savvy in San Francisco

    April 6, 2011

    I love your schedule! You are really taking advantage of this time in Paris to explore the city as a family. I think it is so amazing what you guys have done! Love it!

  31. emily

    April 6, 2011

    So loved reading this post. It sounds like your days are heavenly indeed… and you may have inspired us to do something similar.Thankyou for reminding me how exciting the world is!! yay

  32. Samantha

    April 6, 2011

    This sounds like heaven to me. I love hearing about your life in Paris.

    This is a little off topic, but I was wondering where the best crepes (banana nutella ones to be exact) can be found in Paris? I seem to remember reading something about this a while back back can't remember where. I am dying to know for future reference.

  33. Melissa

    April 7, 2011

    I'm so happy this is working for you guys! Sounds amazing.

  34. Traveling Mama

    April 7, 2011

    My husband and I have a similar work schedule, but we add in language study which is kind of a stress, but by the end of the year we will be rewarded with fluency in yet another language, so hopefully it will all be worth it! We love living in Europe and would be heartbroken to go back to the States, so I definitely understand why you would want to extend!

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    April 7, 2011

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  36. Emily

    April 7, 2011

    I just want to say how inspired I am that you had a dream and totally made it come true. Sometimes these fantasies seem so out of reach, but you're proving that if you want something badly enough, you can make it happen!

    I hope some day I have the courage to do something so amazing:)


  37. Genevieve

    April 7, 2011

    I knew one year wasn't going to be long enough!

  38. rebecca s.

    April 7, 2011

    it sounds heavenly to be able to spend so much quality time with your husband and children. and these early years in your childrens life are so important, it is wonderful how you are spending them. they will have such fond memories of this time!

    why on earth would you ever come back to the states?

  39. Ranu

    April 7, 2011

    Sounds totally incredible! How life should be 🙂 Glad to hear you're enjoying it!

  40. Clare

    April 7, 2011

    What you just described is exactly how I'm imagining my schedule will be when we move abroad (from Australia to London).

    I work from home now and my husband will be working afternoons/evenings so am envisioning the morning to explore and the evening to work. Cannot wait.

  41. Elizabeth Saucier

    April 7, 2011

    Paris is great (it's my favorite city in France). Have you traveled to other places in France?

  42. Tara

    April 15, 2011

    sounds like the nicest schedule in the world

  43. Danhella

    April 20, 2011

    Aww these photos remind me of my trip to Paris last summer. We even ate at the cafe in the first photo. 🙂 I'm very interested to read about how you are adjusting to Parisian life now that I've stumbled onto your site. 🙂

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