Not-So Tiny Paris Apartment

Pardon my brevity today, but it’s been an emotionally draining few days. I almost wasn’t going to post anything today, but then I realized the antidote to how sad things have been off-line was most definitely this little bright spot of news: I finally found an apartment for my upcoming trip to Paris. After hours of searching every night for weeks, making spreadsheets and scouring AirBNB relentlessly for something in Montmartre, charming but not old, well-equipped, with original details, and under $150 a night, this amazing place turned up. We honestly must have looked at close to 500 apartments, maybe more, but nothing felt “right” until this one.

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Come on with those chevron floors and all that gorgeous sunlight! Does it get more classically Parisian than this? It’s on Rue Caulaincourt, near Rue Lepic, and close to the Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro stop. It’s a quick 5 minute walk to Sacre Coeur, and close to all those tiny, windy side-streets Montmartre is famous for. It has a huge kitchen and a huge bathroom (I can’t tell you how many apartments we rejected because we’re snobby Americans and didn’t want a hand-held shower nozzle) and Boyfriend is really excited to make dinner (I don’t know, he’s weird. I’m happy to let Parisians cook for me). I loved the AirBNB experience we had in Bruges, so it was an obvious choice over a hotel this time in Paris.

As usual, Paris is getting me through.

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January 10, 2013 / Travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 21

21 comments

  • this apartment is truly amazing! see tenacity wins every time! truly something to look forward to!!! so sorry to hear things are getting you down… i won’t pry, but suffice to say i hope it’s nothing too grave or too grim…
    sue

  • Such an amazing apartment! All those bookshelves and huge windows are amazing!

  • for real, for real? wowzers, that is so perfect for you. i think i could live there for awhile, if forced to of course ; ) i am a researcher, it’s something that drives me crazy because (like the camera i looking to buy) i pretty much crack out on looking at every one ten times, reading reviews, comparing, making pros and cons lists, it’s exhausting. but when you do that you get to stay at places like this. it is so worth it good searching mama. i feel like i can smell the paris breeze wafting in through that gorgeously giant window in the le chambre. now i am getting jealous. eek!

    i am sorry you have such reason to be sad. i hope that everything has a positive result in the end. some things just don’t makes sense.

  • Love this apartment! What a great find in such a great location. Hope you feel better soon!

  • It’s gorgeous!

  • Well, definitely worth the wait and all the effort. It’s a stunning appartment in an excellent location. I just never tire of Paris and usually stay in a hotel but this is an option.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

  • oh wow that floor is pretty special isn’t it? How fun! When are you going??

  • Okay, that’s just jaw-dropping. How ever did you swing it? I seriously can’t quite believe you actually get to stay there! You have me totally convinced to try something like that for our next trip, although I like hotels just fine too… I will say, I get what BF is saying. When we were in Germany years and years ago, our favorite part of the trip was staying in a little apartment with a kitchenette and heating sausages and bread (and beer!) in front of the fire. What fun you’ll have.

  • Chin up pickle :-)

    Well done on bagging a lovely apartment, you patience has been rewarded. I’d love a chevron floor like that myself.
    x

  • It’s so perfect! I’m a sucker for natural light too and I can’t believe you found something this bright! So gorgeous! I hope you spend your mornings and nights by the window, writing. Don’t sleep! You don’t have time to sleep while you’re there! Also, I too loved being able to cook while in Paris – it made me feel like a Parisian going to the market and making dinner while drinking a 3 euro bottle of red wine. Le sigh… take lots of photos for me.

  • Oh, I’m so happy you waited for the perfect apartment and found this one! It really is breathtaking and it’s going to make your trip to Paris that much more perfect, if that’s even possible. I can already imagine you sitting in that armchair staring out the window. (Have BF take such a photo, will ya?) I think having BF whip up meals in that apartment will make you feel like an expat – How fantastic!
    On the flip side, I’m still thinking of you (et al) and all the heaviness you all are having to deal with. Hang in there, Erin. x

  • Paris just brought me a little happiness too during this terrible week, so thank you.

    Also, I call dibs on that apt. when I make it to Paris, finally!

  • What a great apartment you scored for your trip! The floor is amazing olus the place is filled with light. And you will be having a fireplace in the bedroom. Can I come too? I could sleep on the couch ;)

    I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling sad. Sending you positive thoughts and a big hug! xx

  • This little place is a gem and would you look at all that music. You’re going to have such a wonderful time. :)

  • Oh my, this looks cozy and divine! Great photo opportunity with all that natural light as well!!!

    We didn’t get to go on a honeymoon when we got married last year (2012) so I’m planning a trip to Paris for next summer. I’m going to have to scour all of your posts for ideas!!!

  • Looks great! OMG, I want to live there!! It’s really close to where I live and that that area is so nice, you’re gonna like it there :)

  • I may need you help when I start looking for an apt for our trip in Jan 2014. This one looks amazing. xo Teri

  • Umm, kind of amazing. Erin I’ll be on the look out for your review of this place/AirBNB (for future reference!)

  • It’s divine! Well done!

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