Eiffel Tower 365

I received a piece of disappointing news over the weekend and was seeking a way to ease some of the pain and recalled the wonderful moments in Paris over the past year. That helped. Here are some key moments of our first year in Paris captured through the perspective of that one Parisian monument that continues to take our breath away, the Eiffel Tower.

This was the view from our studio apartment when we first moved to Paris in March 2011. I had to pinch myself every morning to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

We were walking around a lot (the best way to explore Paris!) the first few weeks and I was surprised to catch the Eiffel from this bridge, away from the usual tourist areas.

My first Paris marathon in April 2011. Paris is best explored on foot so why not run 42.195km around Paris?

A photo taken during an early morning run in June 2011.

We joined the crowds to celebrate our first La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or commonly known as le quatorze juillet (14 July), the French National Day. Later at night, fireworks illuminated the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower.

My very first picnic in Paris on a summer evening in early September 2011 reading Stephen Clarke’s book “A Year in the Merde” which is an almost-true account of Stephen Clarke’s adventures as an expat in Paris.  It’s a great read and if you don’t want people to stare at you as you laugh out loud in the train/bus, do not read this book in public. One year down the road here in Paris, I can add quite a few tales of my own including one about a certain H*B* bank but alas, I’ll save the story for my own book in the future (*yeah right).

A foggy autumn day in November 2011.

Our first River Seine dinner cruise in December 2011. Admiring the sparkling Eiffel Tower from inside the boat.

And finally it snowed in February 2012. I’ve been waiting for this day.

March 2012 and the BollyChees continue on our pursuit of new experiences, adventures and yummy meals around the world.

La vie est belle!

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