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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oregon coast

The Pacific Ocean is only an hour and a half from my home in Portland. Sunny weather on a recent weekend provided the perfect opportunity for a two-day excursion.
First stop: Cannon Beach with its iconic Haystack Rock
I spent the night further south, near Depot Bay. Here's the view from my balcony after the sun went down. I even saw some whales from my window!

The next day, I visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest on the Oregon coast.
I finished the trip with a hike along the Nature Conservancy Trail on Cascade Head.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Portland - my new apartment

After spending the summer in my native Colorado, I have now relocated to Portland, Oregon. I found a fully-equipped apartment in a lovely, walkable neighborhood near Laurelhurst park, Whole Foods, tons of restaurants, and, best of all, walking distance from Philippe and Rachel. My new home is three times larger than my studio apartment in Paris and I sit at a large desk looking out at flowers and trees. Here are some photos of my new place, from front to back.
Shady front porch
Spacious living room with wood burning fireplace

Main bedroom
 Guest bedroom / office
A real kitchen!

The backyard and view from kitchen and office
While I miss speaking French and the cultural life of Paris, I am very happy exploring my new surroundings.