Bonjour Paris

“Hey you want a taxi? no waiting, 90 Euro’s”


The French weather was not playing very nice today. When the Euro star arrived at  Gard du Nord we were greeted by rain and a lot of it. This station is big, noisy and very busy. We could have taken the Metro to our accommodation but weather conditions and the four bags in tow did not make this an appealing option.

Everyone else had the same thoughts same as taxi queue was exceptionally long. Although most of it was undercover where we joined was not. Luckily it moved quickly, but it was still nearly an hour before we were on our way.  One enterprising gentleman trying to take advantage of the situation was offering transport for the measly sum of 90Euro’s …

Once in the taxi the rest was pretty painless. We arrived at our destination, the rain had eased and we found our apartment.

We stayed in the Latin Quarter on Rue Galande not far from Notre Dame.  Paris buildings are old and when they were built the last thing on the architects minds were long distance travellers with large suitcases. Did I mention we were on  the 5th floor?  The  building has been renovated and a lift installed… unfortunately it started on the first floor and ended on the fourth floor.


Our room ” Esmeralda”

In Paris stairs are narrow in width and long in depth. This makes them pretty steep. The lifts were big enough for one person and one suitcase or two people as long as you didn’t mind being intimate.  The reward for getting our bags up to the 5th floor without breaking our necks was a magnificent view of Notre Dame.

A room with a view…..


Our apartment appropriately named Esmeralda, was light, airy and decorated beautifully. It was very well equipped, although we had a Iron but no ironing board, so towels and table top it was.

The white washed room, shabby chic furniture and crystal chandelier just screamed out parisienne. There was a washing machine/dryer, dishwasher and WiFi….. we wanted for nothing…

A little balcony with just enough room for a table and two chairs  was the perfect setting to sit and watch Paris go by.  Delicious pate’s, creamy soft cheeses and crusty baguettes became our staple, washed down with a light red wine.

Our Parisienne Diet.

We shared two of our six days with Vicki and Ron, Garry’s niece from England.  They flew over to spend time with us which was great and a lot of fun.

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