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Why did I choose France?

I grew up in Kansas.

Kansas is affectionately known as “flyover country”. Translation: “There’s nothing there”. While this may not be entirely accurate, I can tell you that Kansas lacks in anything more than a couple of hundred years old.

Food. Can you name a food that Kansas is known for? Me neither. Except for barbeque - which is the best anywhere in the world, in my non-biased opinion. But that’s about it. Nothing else there compares to what you can find in France.

Medieval towns. Check. Roman ruins. Check. Baguettes. Check. Cheese. Check. Wine. Check.

Plus with high-speed trains and cheap flights it’s all so easy to see.

After 4 years of living in France, I don't care that I’m not in Kansas anymore.

Spring Arrives in Paris

Spring Arrives in Paris

April truly is one of the most beautiful months in Paris. Thanks to daylight savings time it doesn’t get dark until almost 9:00 p.m. and the sky often turns pink as the sun sets. This allows more time to enjoy all of the trees and flowers that are in bloom at this time of year.

Early April Sunset in Paris

Early April Sunset in Paris

On sunny days Parisians flock to the parks and fill every sunny cafe terrace. Making up lost time after our short and gray winter days.

My view overlooking Square Gardette

My view overlooking Square Gardette

At this time of year I love watching the trees turn green in Square Gardette, strolling through the iconic Luxembourg gardens and the Jardin du Palais Royal - near the Louvre. And seeing the lovely blue lilacs at the Square du Temple in the Marais.

Tulips, and tourists at the Luxembourg Gardens

Tulips, and tourists at the Luxembourg Gardens

April is also Cherry Blossom time in France. Keep your eyes open and look for the bright pink pom-pom blooms.

Cherry blossoms at Notre Dame

Cherry blossoms at Notre Dame

Sunny Sunday at Jardins du Palais Royal

Sunny Sunday at Jardins du Palais Royal

Blue lilacs at the Square du Temple

Blue lilacs at the Square du Temple

And there’s wisteria too. I spotted this wisteria covered fence near Saint-Paul in the Marais.

Wisteria in the Marais

Wisteria in the Marais

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Apartment Hunting in Nimes

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Apartment Hunting in Nimes

Paris in the Snow

Paris in the Snow