Paris apartments in the 16th - redux

Aug 19th, 2005, 11:11 AM
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Thanks everyone - the Lebanese place sounds great and we will definitely check it out. There was a great Vietnamese place near the apartment we rented in May. Nina we will be in Paris the second week of October (over Canadian thanksgiving) so I will certainly provide a report on the trip (and the apartment) when I am back - hopefully it will not bore people.

Re the earlier question about an elevator, the apartment is a duplex on the first (ground) and second floors of the building (so the only stairs are inside, getting from the 1st floor to the 2nd)

Cheers - Whiskey.
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Aug 19th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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whiskey, I looked at that website again, and unless I'm mistaken that duplex is on the FIRST floor (in France that is like our second floor) and the SECOND floor (which is like our third floor). I didn't see anything about any part of it being on the GROUND floor. Am I missing something?
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Aug 19th, 2005, 11:29 AM
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Hi Patrick, I had that very question and Alex, the owner, emailed me and told me the entrance is on the ground floor.
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Aug 19th, 2005, 11:58 AM
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OK, now I'm even more confused. So the entrance is on the ground floor. But then you enter an entrance way and walk upstairs to get to the first floor where the living room is, NO? I can't imagine an apartment in Paris advertising the "first and second floors" and really meaning the ground and first floors. This seems pretty basic to me.
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Aug 19th, 2005, 12:09 PM
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I'm looking forward to your trip report, whiskey. Have a great time!
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Aug 19th, 2005, 12:15 PM
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By the way, I'm sorry I seem to be obsessing, but it would not be the first time someone arrived at a Paris apartment thinking the first floor was the ground floor. I'm only concerned because the potential stairs seems to be a cause for concern.
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Aug 19th, 2005, 01:13 PM
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That's fine Patrick - I responded because BTilke had asked the question about elevators, and I thought it might be a relevant point for some people - its not an issue for me, to be honest. The last place I stayed had four flights of stairs and I didn't use the elevator at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in a few months.
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Aug 19th, 2005, 07:04 PM
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Forgive me for intruding, but my curiosity got the best of me so I merely emailed the owner via the VRBO listing and asked. I got a most delightful reply. Here is the part that is most applicable to my question. Now you won't have to wait until you get there! Sounds like a great place:

"When I say "first and second floors" I'm using American terminology. The living room is on the ground (1st) floor. One enters the apartment directly from the sidewalk, as if it were a private townhouse. My apartment, and similar units, occupy the first two floors of what is a ten story art deco building. The building has its own lobby and elevator, but that is separate from, and irrelevant to, my apartment.

There is a colorful little garden at the apartment's entrance. From the sidewalk you descend two (three?) steps to the front door. Once you enter, you are on landing. Two broad steps lead to the living room. Also on that level are the dining area, kitchen, and a half bath."
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Aug 20th, 2005, 05:47 AM
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When Nina said you would be living vicariously she wasn't kidding - Ha! Thanks Patrick - that does clear things up - not that I couldn't use having a walk more than a few steps every day.

I also received another very lengthy email last night from the owner with many restaurant suggestions - I realize the proof will be in the apartment once I stay there but so far he has been extremely helpful and responsive. Just 50 days to go - not that I'm counting or anything!
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Aug 20th, 2005, 07:54 AM
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We're all counting Whiskey... I know that we will _all_ enjoy your stay - especially you and Mom.

We're leaving in 20 days and as the time narrows down, I always get 'stage fright' about what has to be done or what I might be forgetting.

Nina
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Aug 20th, 2005, 04:40 PM
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Restaurant suggestions. I'm looking at eating at this 16eme fondue / raclette restaurant. "G.R.5" I first saw this in a blog called A Day in Paris.


http://www.eng.cityvox.com/restauran...visLieu#direct

This site is in french (with an english option) but the reviews are almost always in french and I use a translator site for the individual reviews.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 06:39 PM
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Patrick and others:

I WANT TO STAY IN THIS APARTMENT!

To the query "Why are you shouting?" i.e. using capitals, I respond:

BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO STAY IN THIS APARTMENT AND AM SHOUTING THIS DECLARATION TO THE WORLD.

The private street entrance sounds perfect.

Tonight I am planning a September flight to Lyon and a couple of weeks -- if I can swing the time -- in the south of France. But on reflection, I am asking "Why not Paris?"

Or should that be "WHY NOT PARIS?"
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Aug 24th, 2005, 08:15 PM
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I'm sorry, but I don't understand this last post - or perhaps it was not intended for me?

In any event Danna I am not sure if your visit is before mine or not but I would like to hear your review of the fondue/raclette place, if you decide to go there. Many thanks.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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whiskey, I think tedgale just looked at the website of "your" apartment and has gotten carried away. In other words it is inspiring him to get to Paris so he can stay there.
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Oct 13th, 2005, 10:05 PM
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I resurrected this thread so that all of us who posted about wanting to stay here, will hopefully recognize the title.

Quite unexpectedly we were able to stay there the last days of our one month stay in Paris, Sept. 30 - Oct 4.

It is as wonderful as we had all hoped. Alex the owner is a marvelous host. We were greeted by the caretaker Mona, and a wonderful assortment of cheeses, bread, grapes, figs, peaches, candy, and of course an excellent bottle of red wine. There were fresh flowers in the dining area, the bedroom, the study, and even the bathroom.

The apartment is attached to the main building but has its own separate entrance on the ground level. You enter directly into the first floor which consists of the living room, the dining area and the kitchen, and a small powder room off the kitchen.

The staircase leads to the bedroom, study and bathroom.

It is beautifully furnished with functional, unique, and comfortable pieces. There are bookshelves everywhere, stocked with the most marvelous collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco books - the owner's passion - that I have ever seen.
There are numerous _up to date_ guide books (most of the ones that we had brought from home), and an extensive collection of music CD's and tapes.

Everything is there for your use and enjoyment.

Personal things are out of sight, and so you feel that you are the sole resident with library privileges. You are invited and encouraged to make yourself at home.

In fact it was so comfortable that we actually had to force ourselves to leave for the day instead of staying in and reading and listening to music.
The bathroom has a wonderful shower and a big bathtub with plenty of lovely linens.

The queen sized bed was every bit as comfortable as my wonderful bed at home and the pillows were even more comfortable than mine.

Everything in the apartment was chosen with a good eye - nothing was overlooked or overdone.

There are several connected mult-storied apartment buildings on this private street, Avenue Rodin, almost a cul-de-sac. The only vehicles allowed to enter this area, enter with a building permit, so there is no street traffic from the front.

The entire front wall of the apartment is glass, as is the front door, and is perhaps 22' high. It opens onto the front of the buildings and there is a small beautiful private flower bed by the front door. The sheer curtains assurred privacy during the day, and the heavy drapes at night.

The bedroom, on the second floor has a very high ceiling, perhaps 12", and the window is double paned glass, so there were no sounds from the street below.

There were candles, candlesticks, nice table linens, glassware, dishes galore, all nice quaility and in excellent condition. The combination washer/dryer in the kitchen worked nicely. The refrigerator/freezer was full size. We were encouraged to use the fresh boxes of food in the cupboards, cereals, spices etc.. left by recent tenants and closely monitored by Mona.

And the smell ..... fresh, fresh, fresh. We never for a moment felt stilted or uncomfortable. We were guests in a very privileged setting.

Mona the caretaker was a delight and a wealth of local information.

Alex, if you should ever read this, thank you for sharing your home with us.

Nina
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Oct 14th, 2005, 08:26 AM
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My Mom and I have just returned from our fabulous (albeit too brief!) trip and I was so pleased to see Nina's post - I don't think I can add much to her description. The apartment is fabulous, beautifully decorated (right down to the toilet paper holders in the bathroom!) and obviously well cared for. As my mother would say "you could eat off the floor"!

Alex and Mona were both a wealth of information and are delightful. I also have to add that Nina was sweet enough to leave us a short note, which was waiting for us when we arrived.
Unfortunately it only pushed me deeper into the fantasy that I wasn't renting at all but that I lived at Avenue Rodin, receiving my own mail and all

As we were heading home from the airport my Mom looked over at me and said "I can't wait to turn 70"! He he. Perhaps I should start planning now.

I will write more of the details of our trip, the sights, the shops, restaurants etc in another post - once the insanity that was waiting for me at work dies down.

Thanks to everyone on this board who's posts have been so informative and entertaining. Not only are they invaluable when actually in Paris, but they also help make the time between trips bearable.

Whiskey.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the nice report on the apartment. Would also like to hear about the area and restaurants. Perhaps you wrote a trip report? Please let me know if you did so I can read it.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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Nina and Whiskey, thanks for the detailed review of the apartment. It's good to know that it's as great as it looks on the website.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 11:55 AM
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Whiskey, I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay and that your mother enjoyed our little card.

Ronda, I did start a trip report "Soujourn in Paris" - should have been spelled Sojourn - but truthfully, after posting the first three parts of a long report, when I got virtually no feedback (maybe everyone is in Paris!), I decided not to continue. Maybe it was too long or too negative about our previous apartment, or whatever, but BOO HOO my feelings were hurt ;-)

I'm away from home for the week and so I don't have any notes here with me, names, addresses etc.. I'll probably post more when I return home.

Nina


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Oct 14th, 2005, 12:05 PM
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Nina, don't feel bad - I for one really enjoyed your report! It is weird how some posts that seem a little silly get a ton of responses and something like your report doesn't seem to get the attention it should. I don't think you were too negative. I would rather have someone tell it like it actually was than to gush on and on about how cute, amazing, yummy, wonderful (you get the picture) was. Does you landlord from the "good" apartment have another properties? I might be in need of a 2-bedroom. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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