It's only been three full days since we arrived in Paris, but we're already quite smitten by this beautiful city; and though we speak basically no French, are feeling just the teeniest bit like Parisians.
We've strolled the grand boulevards, wandered down quaint cobblestone streets and sauntered along the lovely river Seine to the tune of about 6-8 miles each day. And yes, we've found ourselves hopelessly lost a number of times, not even knowing how to ask for help or directions. Each day, by the time we've made the final climb to our third floor, little (very little) Paris apartment, our tired feet seem to be shouting, "Enough, enough already!"
But then, as we turn the key and catch the first glimpse of our little home-away-from-home, we seem to forget the fatigue, knowing we have a place to throw off our shoes, make a cup of tea or sip a glass of French wine, curl up on the couch and chill. That's when it's easy to pretend that we belong in this amazing "city of light".
When Scott and I were planning this 40th anniversary trip to Paris, we both felt like renting a flat vs. living out of a hotel would be our preference for a week long stay. We're so happy we chose this route as it's been delightful as well as more economical than staying in a hotel and eating every meal out.
One of the things we've discovered over the years when traveling, is that the images you see in pictures of hotels or vacation homes are not always accurate representations. When you actually see the place in person, often there's a bit of reality shock. Have you ever had that happen? It's actually quite a let down. Not this time however: our little (very little) Paris apartment is actually way better than we ever anticipated!
The flat is little, but so efficient, interesting and well done. We thought it would be fun to take you on a pictorial tour to show you what we mean. Are you ready?
Of course I was quite interested in the kitchen; are you surprised? But we'll share that fun little space in our next post. You won't believe the miniature appliances! There's also the bath and bedroom; simple, but just perfect for this little pair from North Carolina.
We're headed out for the day now, so I'm going to sign off. We love blogging from Paris but, at the same time, can hardly wait to get out each day and explore. So, until later, au revoir! We'll be back in your inbox soon, with Our Little (very little) Paris Apartment - Part 2!