Monday, July 9, 2012

Au revoir, Paris!

Today is my birthday. I can’t think of a better way of celebrating it than by being in this beautiful city. Today is also our last day here, and we spent part of the day finishing packing and cleaning up and meeting with our landlady, but we made time for a special dinner at one of our favorite nearby brasseries, L'Etoile 1903. One last confit de canard, one last carafe of Côte du Rhône before we head back to reality.

I was going to title this entry "Goodbye, Paris," but I realized that although it's time to go, this is not goodbye, it's just au revoir―till we see each other again. There is some sadness in the air, of course; how could there not be? Paris welcomed us with open arms and became our home for a year. Dianny and I have truly loved living here and are going to miss this place.

A year ago we were dreaming of Paris. Now we’ve lived out our dream, and beneath the sadness of leaving is a feeling of immense joy and happiness, a sense of accomplishment and deep gratitude for having been able to live this wonderful experience.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
― Dr. Seuss

We joke that this may be the best year of our lives, but if it’s not, it certainly will be one of the best. The kids enjoyed it too, and have even thanked us for bringing them here ("making us come to Paris" may have been someone's exact words)

Speaking of dreaming of Paris, this is my last post. When we decided to move here I was looking for a way to put all my photos somewhere so they wouldn't just end up on my computer hard drive, and “Dreaming of Paris” was born. The blog has been fun to write and will help us keep wonderful memories of this year. It’s also been rewarding to know there were people reading it and following us on this journey. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and encouragement.

To Dianny, my partner in crime, a huge Thank You for making this trip possible and perfect in more ways than you can imagine. And to Andrea, Nicolás, and Daniela, you guys are extraordinary, thanks for playing along and allowing us to live our dream.

Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." I'm not as young as Hemingway was when he lived here, but Paris will stay with me all the same.

Au revoir!


  1. Pour les beaux mots, les belles photos, les beaux souvenirs--Merci milles fois.
    "Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage...Et puis est retourné, plein d'usage et raison..."
    Happy travels.

  2. I've enjoyed following along as you adventured! Very inspiring, really. Safe travels back!

  3. You kept the blog very interesting. Nice pictures and great stories. Buen viaje de regreso.

  4. I'm nostalgic, and I wasn't even there - except through your wonderful posts, Gonzalo and Dianny. I wish you a tolerable return to the northwest--for as long (short) as you'll be here... Am so glad it was a grand year! (ShellieT)

  5. Gonzalo, muchas gracias por haber compartido con el mundo esta maravillosa experiencia. A usted y a su bonita familia los felicito por el compromiso y la complicidad que hizo posible que pudieran vivir juntos ese sueño que será para siempre una parte importante de su historia. A propósito feliz cumpleaños atrasado. Cumplimos el mismo día. Un abrazo.