… space, comfort, convenience ….
The first thing most Americans seem to notice or comment on about Paris accommodations is size. (The Europeans on the website never do.) Rooms and apartments are small here American standards. It’s a whole different way to live.
I call my apartment a “garret” for good reason even though I am not technically under the rafters. Check out the pictures (scroll over for captions for a better idea of “bliss”. Better yet, double click on the picture and you can go into a slide show.) The ceiling is extremely low, I think they split the “real” apartment into two, both horizontally and vertically. If you can see in the courtyard pictures, the other apartments have very high windows.
And there is no peering out at night over the Seine or watching the moon … peering doesn’t get you much of a view, but then … you walk out the front door of the “complex” and voila the Seine and cafes and Notre Dame presiding.
This place has always been about the location and not the quality of the apartment. The shower has sufficient hot water, however and the refrig works (sort of … the small ice compartment is an igloo of frost). The plumbing works and so does the TV and WiFi (internet –yes !!), so all that is good.
The two serious drawbacks are the lack of light filtering into the room. Not only is it dark, but you really have no idea what the weather “outside” is like. As in it is often bright sunlight when I emerge in mid-morning, but in the apartment it is uniformly gray. The other serious problem is the lack of a comfortable chair. My back has developed permanent curvature of the spine … The cheap folding chairs at the table are torture and when I try to prop myself up against the wall in the bed, the mattress slips two feet away from the wall. The mattress is, however, quite comfortable — and I did get clean towels yesterday !
Oh, and I forgot to say that in addition to walking all over Paris, I have to navigate 40 steps when I get home ! Up three flights but it is the last 10 steps that are the hardest … All the walking and stair climbing is the reason the Parisians stay fit with all the bread and cheese they eat, I think.
So you judge — apartment comfort or the location …
And here is the lovely courtyard where I linger, going and coming from my abode … Remember, life is about trade-offs !