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Trip Report An Apartment in Montmartre (for a month)

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I want to thank all the Fodorites whose postings helped me plan this trip -- and special thanks to FrenchMystiqueTours and kerouac, who are both so inspiring.

We are Paris veterans who have visited here many times, but this trip we stayed for a month, allowing us to enjoy Paris at a slower pace. With plenty of time, we sought out lesser known musuems and spent a lot of time wandering.

Rather than repeat all the details of the trip here, we have a blog (with pics):

http://supsictravelsfrance.blogspot.com

The blog is organized by topic (see the archive list), so depending on your interest, you could go directly to World War I history, the Music Museum, the Wine Salon, our day trip to Champagne -- or Chocolate! Chocolate became our new obsession. I have always liked it, but the dark chocolates of Paris (like my favorite Jean-Paul Hevin) are beyond anything I had ever tasted.

We were very lucky regarding our apartment. I had some concerns that Montmartre might be a bit far from the action, but the location was perfect. We had great connections to all of the city, and it was a pleasure to return to the authentic village-like atmosphere of our "home." When we visited other parts of Paris, like the areas around the Louvre or the Eiffel, we were actually surprised by all the English we heard spoken around us. In our neighborhood we almost always heard French.

We rented with Frenchy Rentals and could not have been happier with that choice.
The apartment was beautifully laid out, well-equipped, and incredibly spacious (especially by European standards!). One of the things that I most appreciated was that the apartment was well-stocked with basics like paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, detergents for dish and clothes washing, basic spices, tea and coffee etc. It was such a relief to be able to settle right in without having to immediately run out to the store to stock up (which is what typically happens).

My husband had been concerned that we would not have enough to keep us busy for a month, but I don't think I could ever run out of things to do in Paris. Plus, the best part is just being there. Every day as I started down the curved wooden staircase of our apartment building, my heart would beat faster just knowing that all of Paris was right outside the door!

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