Into the unknown

On the train to Paris last Friday we were eating our lunch that we brought and I realized we had no clue what that night would be like.

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Train from Toulouse to Paris

There were pictures of the apartment we had rented over the weekend, but one never knows if that is how a place is irl. And we had gotten some suggestions for restaurants in Paris, but nothing was booked and we might not even feel like going out. Is there a grocery store nearby? We had no idea.

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Full moon over Paris tonight

Now we know what the place looks like, that there are great restaurants in the area, several grocery stores and “walking-friendly” streets.
But we’re about to step into the unknown again.

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At the Louvren today

We’re leaving Europe tomorrow, to go via Qatar to Bali, a trip of more than 24 hours from door to door.
In Bali we’re booked for a six-nights stay in Kuta – nothing else is planned. We know the food will be different, the sounds, the temperature and the sun, the people and nature – most things will be different from here, and still we will meet people; people that all have the same needs, desires and wishes as most other human beings.

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Tour Eiffel

So we’re ready to meet what comes our way, curious of how we will react to what is new to us, interested in discovering new places and people from all paths of life.

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Montmartre

Tired from walking, grateful to spend our days together and curious about life.

With love,
Wivan and Anders

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Monday morning

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Morning bath in Paris

Some days we smile a little extra at the difference in way of living we enjoy nowadays. Like a bath on a Monday morning in a rented airbnb-apartment close to Montmartre in Paris. It’s a nice contrast to the last weeks of country life and farm work.
Nothing lasts forever, and the way we live is a manifestation of just that – we change, places change and our surroundings change. So how can we make the best out of it?
Today Anders and I enjoy a day of no schedule, no obligations and some small preparations before we fly to Bali tomorrow afternoon.

How can you make a change that benefits you?
//Wivan

Within walking distance in Paris

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AnWiSandberg by Tour Eiffel

This afternoon we’ve seen some of the sights we really had looked forward to while in Paris. Though we do have metro-tickets, we decided to start walking from our place at Pigelle Metro station.

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Masterchef food truck by Seine

Before we knew it, we reached the river Seine and realized we would probably be able to reach some of the places by foot.

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The opera house

A couple of pit stops on the road.

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Caesar salad and an omelette

We really don’t like when it’s too crowded or too many tourists, so today we got to practice being around crowds for a bit and also enjoyed our walking a bit extra since we could take some roads that were less busy.

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Lovely colors on the leaves

The parks and river side-walks brighten up the city feeling a lot.

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The Eiffel tower

So, we got to see the Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, the obelisk, the opera, petit and the grand Palais, Palais de Chaillote and Moulin Rouge and come back to our apartment, all by walking.

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Famous entertainment

Of course we’ve seen lots and lots more things, people and situations, but these were some of the city’s major places. Pretty cool! And we have enjoyed it a lot.

Now, spending a quiet evening at “home”.
//Wivan and Anders

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Full moon (almost) in Arc de Triomphe

Arrived in Paris

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Metro station Stalingrad

After quite some hours in different trains, and with some issues about our seating from Toulouse to Paris, we’re here!

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Our apartment in Paris

A great little apartment in the area of Montmartre and a very friendly airbnb-host, we’re so happy we spent a little extra on the place rather than taking a very cheap one.

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Anders loves guitars...

Anders is looking for a new harmonica, and there seem to be plenty of music shops just around the corner! And good restaurants, our host says.

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One of our seats today...

Now a coffee and a glass of wine and we’re ready to decide on what to do tonight.

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Coffee and wine from our host

Ciao!
//Anders and Wivan