Our US furniture was unworthy of being shipped to Paris. I had to start over.
For the first time, I was able to shop slowly and chose things I liked instead of deciding which Ikea sofa went with our garage-sale end tables. I scoured flea markets and furniture stores. I consulted Parisians and expats. Our shipment of American household goods (books, pictures, one piano, one armchair, and one coffee table) arrived months after we got the apartment. Therefore, I didn’t feel truly at home for a long time. I still felt like we were in an Airbnb and somebody was going to tell us to get out. Now it’s just about finished, and feeling more like home.
Eastern Christians: 2000 Year of History. This exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris features art and artifacts from the Turkey to Iran and traces the history of the part of Christianity that we in the West tend to forget about.