On September 9th of 2011 my wife and I and our dog Oliver arrived in Paris. We had decide to spend at least 1 year in Paris after we got married to spend some time with my family over here as well as travel around Europe and see the site and to see if we might find something that we would really enjoy. We took a taxi to the apartment that we are renting from a friend of my mothers to drop our things off and begin to get situated. Pascal, our landlord, was at the apartment waiting for us. He showed us around the place and was sure to point out the view of the Effiel Tower from our balcony! After that we went to lunch. We were pretty excited that Oliver was allowed to come with us so things were so far, going great! I’ll always remember that first meal we had in France after our move hear. Lindsey ordered Steak Frites and ended up sending it back, twice, for being undercooked. We went back to our apartment and got in touch with family and started to settle in.
Since some of my family couldn’t make it to our wedding in the states we were having a wedding celebration at my grandmother’s country home up north near Le Touquet. My mom, my sister and her family, Lindsey’s brother Greg and a his friend Sloan as well as our friend Chris were all flying in for the event.
Once we were all together up north preperations were under way for the party. My grandmother has an amazing dish that’s she has prepared on numerous occasions where she cooks whole legs of lamb in the fireplace. It’s a beautiful dish and makes the house smell fantastic! After the party Chris, Greg and my sister Jess left and Lindsey, my mother and I headed back to Paris because I had a meeting set up with Alain Passard of the famous 3 Michelin star L’Arpege!
I ended up getting the job and would be starting a couple of weeks later! Lindsey and I ended up spending some more time with my family in the meantime. Our first couple of weeks had flown by and already I had a full time job and Lindsey was signed up for French classes! Not a bad start!