I loved the apartment in Paris! It felt like we were in an old black and white French film. Tiny, tiny streets, cafes on the corner, sing-alongs in the neighborhood, single room cave-like shops displaying clothing, jewelry, and perfume and people everywhere! Locals, no tourists! And the lights and decorations were fantastic. This is truly the city of lights! Blue, red and green glowing in the windows and on rooftops! We were in the Marais district, (the 3rd arrondissement) the Jewish neighborhood that has not changed in years, but seems to be the up and coming neighborhood keeping the charm of past times. We rented the apartment through ILoveParisApartments.com and our experience with them was one of the best. Preparations were made ahead of time and thanks to the apartment owners’ thoroughness, everything went according to the plan. Everything from directions to the apartment, how to operate the washing machine/dryer combination (who knew they made one machine for both!) and emergency numbers were given on the Apartment Fact Sheet that was emailed to us well in advance of our departure. I knew it was going to be in a quaint and coveted apartment when I got the email to be discreet, quiet and respectful of the neighbors, carry our bags over the cobblestones, and take off our shoes in the apartment. The instructions were right up there with the nuns in Rome! See the Rome trip…….
In the living room and bedroom the floor length velvet drapes blocked out any drop of sunlight. The hardest bit for us, at first, was knowing what time of day it was. The sun comes up slowly around 9am and goes down around 5ish. Because of the height of the buildings and the heavy drapery it was hard to get up in the mornings, so we found we spent more time out in the evenings enjoying the lights. A very good plan!
Here are the innards of the Paris apartment. It was on the 2nd floor, (third US) reached by a one man, one suitcase elevator or stairs. Some of these pictures were made after we settled in so excuse the messiness!
I thought you might enjoy this washer/dryer combo commercial as well!
For more apartments in Paris see: http://www.ILoveParisApartments.com. We stayed in the St Paul 2 Picasso Apartment.