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Paris: Help me discover new (to me) neighborhoods and streets

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I was supposed to be in Andalusia for my annual Europe trip in May/June. Alas, I had a bad fall over the winter and mangled my foot (bones, ligaments & tendons!). 5 months, crutches and 2 different casts! I knew I needed additional time to mend before jetting off. The good news is that I just booked a two week trip to Paris! I even rented an apartment in the 18th (not my usual "hood") on Rue Caulaincourt. I had read several posts by Kerouac extolling the virtues of the street. I've never stayed in the 18th (usually the 5th). I am very excited about my 2 weeks in one apartment (no moving around), a new neighborhood to stay in and my most favorite city - Paris.

As I am getting older (and clearly less nimble) I seem to prefer returning to known and loved locations. (Less complicated and exhausting travel. More slow moments to savor.) I love, love, love France and especially Paris. I think this will be my 14th visit! On this trip, one of the things I'd like to do is explore less tourist heavy arrondissements for future apartment stay potential.

I would be most appreciative of recommendations of favorite arrondissements and specific streets within you enjoy. I love to just walk and wander but would like a bit of direction. I am very familiar with the 5th and 6th. I haven't been enamored with the "vibe" in the 7th nor Montparnasse. I probably haven't been on the right streets! I plan on getting to know the Marais area better this time. Favorite streets? Other areas I'm exploring - Canal St. Martin, Republic, area east of Bastille, Rue Montorguiel. What about arrondissements like the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th?

I guess what I'm asking for are recommendations of your favorite neighborhoods and streets for apartment living. I travel solo and enjoy having good cafes, bistros, fromageries, boulongeries nearby. Neighborhoods with activity but not craziness. I'm way past the crazy age. 3 glasses of wine over the course of a 2.5 hour dinner is as crazy as I get these days. Then it's bedtime not club time. LOL.

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