Diane, A Broad
July 6, 2013


This post is difficult to write. I’ve been putting it off for a long time, mostly because I’m in denial about leaving Paris in the first place.

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Yes, I’m leaving. I’m going back to LA because… well, various reasons. My long-stay visa is up, my job wants me back, I have an apartment waiting for me, etc. etc. etc.

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Right now it all feels like meaningless excuses. It’s so hard to leave, especially in summer with the long days and blue skies and flowers and the strawberries and cherries and tomatoes at the markets. It doesn’t help that I’ve been staying at the most charming AirBnb apartment I could ever imagine, a tiny chambre de bonne with an Eiffel Tower view. I am truly tempted to say, “screw responsibility, screw being an adult, I’m going to live the broke bohemian life here.”

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But that’s not me. I’ve always been the safe one, who makes sure that the edges are all straight and aligned before sewing them together. And let’s face it, I couldn’t go to nearly as many good restaurants if I was living the boho life.

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And but so, I’m leaving. My flight out of CDG is Wednesday morning. I will fly through Copenhagen and Chicago, to land in the city of my birth, to an apartment and a car and an office job, once again.

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Yet hear me now, ye internets: I will be back. I never thought I would eschew LA for any other city, but Paris has gotten to me. I never would have believed it, especially in that middle bit when it was so cold and lonely. But then, something clicked, and now I can’t imagine not coming back. I’ll figure a way.

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(But seriously, if anyone in Paris wants to offer me a job, get in touch. I’m excellent at a few things, and good at lots of things, and I will probably bring baked goods on a semi-weekly basis to whomever employs me.)

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Rest assured, dear reader, this little blog will go on. It’s coming to LA with me. Will you come, too?

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15 responses to “Going”

  1. Good luck with the move back. It is going to be strange for me to read. While I was living in Los Angeles, you were giving me a little slice of the life in France I had left behind, but now, you’ll be giving me a little glimpse into everything I’ve left behind in Los Angeles.

  2. Susan says:

    I lived in Paris for over a year some time ago. I was a graduate student. I had no money, spent most of my time reading and writing, knew hardly anyone when I arrived and met many wonderful people. It was the happiest time of my life. I go back as often as I can. Once bitten by the bug, you never recover. Bon chance in LA!

  3. Gosh, I’m getting all teary now… I’m going to miss you so much Diane and I know that Paris will too. Even though I’m super excited about seeing more of LA through your lens I’m going to miss your stunningly gorgeous Paris photos and excellent restaurant recommendations. I know you will return to Paris again, so I’m not saying good bye, simply “see you in a little while” ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the move sweetie!

    • Oh Carin, you are one of the people who made Paris so special for me. And I’m already missing your photos of the city (though the ones from Italy aren’t making me feel all that sorry for you, either…). See you soon, doll!

  4. RBJello says:

    Safe travels back to LA, Diane! Can’t wait to read about your next adventure.

  5. Elizabeth Noyes says:

    Dear Diane, I live in the 18th – just down the street from those stairs on Lamarck, and it hardly seems fair to have just discovered your blog right as you’re leaving. Rest assured that I’ll enjoy what you’ve written about Paris and this little neighborhood. Best wishes for safe travels and new adventures in California! Elizabeth

  6. chocolatecookiesandcandies says:

    Noooooooo, I’ve just discovered your blog, thanks to Carin and now you’re leaving?! Visas are a pain in the ass. Fingers crossed, ours will be all sorted by next year and then we’ll never have to worry about settling down in any of the E.U countries. Have a safe trip home and I can’t wait to see more photos of L.A.

  7. MelanieFYAM says:

    I’m going to miss you!! I’m very tempted to pop by now and steal your passport (cue evil laugh). Good luck with the move my dear and do share lots of pictures for those of us who haven’t yet been to L.A. Thanks for all the laughter and chats, and please come back soon. xxx

  8. MademoisElla Coquine says:

    Oh Diane, I feel your anguish…so, so, much. It is such heartache to leave this city.

    Every time I left Paris, I was never sure that I would come back and every single time something worked out. So you have to go back for a bit, รงa va, you’re young, smart and resourceful. Paris will always be here and she looks forward to your return.

    Bon voyage.

  9. Diane, I completely understand how you feel and my heart goes out to you. But I am also super excited about your many upcoming adventures, in whatever city you are in! Yes yes yes, we will come too. Via this blog. And yes yes yes, you will be back to Paris as well, one day. It will happen. I feel it in my blood. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of love always xxx

  10. PatriciaParisienne says:

    Best of luck with the move back! I’ve absolutely loved reading your blog and look forward to seeing life in sunny California (Home!) via your beautiful photography. Hope to meet you next time you are in Paris – because you will be back!

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