Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Paris - fun and games

We finally made it to Paris.

The overnight train from Venice pulled in to Paris Bercy station right on time.

We were met by our rather surly french driver who would take us to our apartment in the area of the Bastille. Along the way, we were informed that the apartment we'd originally booked was not available due to "flooding" & that we were being taken a new apartment (still in the same block).

Well....this apartment was.....quite literally....a dump !!! It was a ground floor apartment; one room; with a loft bedroom that had a ceiling height of only 4ft (it was like a sarcophagus); it was dirty; the paint was peeling off the walls & getting into the toilet required a degree of gymnastic flexibility that neither Tania or myself are capable of.

We immediately said this was unacceptable & got onto the people we rented the apartment through. They were VERY helpful & offered us another apartment over by the Louvre. We got to this new apartment & OMG !! What a difference !!

We are staying in a two bedroom apartment with plenty of space to spread out over, two blocks away from the river Seine & about three blocks from the Louvre museum. We have our own bakery downstairs (serving the best croissants !!) & there is no end to the number of cafes & restaurants we can choose to go to.

I'm liking this already !!


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