Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cafe-Sitting - the great Parisian Sport

Cafe sitting, is the great Parisian sport. 

The rule: anyone can play.
But there's a little technique to cafe-sitting.  
1. choose a cafe that speaks to you
2. remain faithful to it, cafe fidelity is important
3. dont rush your choice; criteria should include interesting intersection and people watching, sunny side of the street, comfy seats, noise level and the waiters if they are aloof on the first day they will be on the 3rd, move on.
5. honing this technique to an art form: Nursing your cafe expresso to last for at minimum one hour (done more easily if you're involved in an animated conversation)
et voila time to play!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

a little bit of heaven in the eleventh

There really is no better drug than living in Paris! and no better way to enjoy Paris than from your own private kitchen or even better, terrace or courtyard. When you're sipping your glass of wine with your roast poulet staring out over one of the tranquil Parisian courtyards you just know you are home! 
Just a few steps away from the district of Bastille and Oberkampf (the lively cafe restaurant bar and nightlife hub of Paris) Christiane’s apartment is on the ground floor of an art-deco style building built in 1930. The accommodation offered by Christiane, a fine arts painter, boasts a private entry , a private bath and a small kitchenette, for guests complete independence. This accommodation is perfect for visitors who are looking for a quiet and private place to stay.
2 person = 210euro per night
3 person = 275euro per night
4 person = 285euro per night 
For booking enquiries, email me:

During the summer season: June, July, August, September and October, she offers two bedrooms, each has a private bathroom and the two are always offered to the same family/group at the one time. If you are two people only, the second bedroom will be a living room for you.

This accommodation if perfect if you travel with your family or with a couple of friends. 

The main guest rooms French window opens on the very quiet inner courtyard of the building, decorated by Christiane with plants. This French window is your private entry for the guest room. It will allow you to go in and out as you wish, without crossing your hosts apartment, which guarantees complete privacy for you. You will be given your own keys.

The bedroom is 17m2 and offers a double bed (140x190), a wardrobe, a table with four chairs, a kitchen cupboard with a small refrigerator, micro wave, kettle, toaster and the necessary kitchen equipment so that you can warm drinks and eat basic dishes there.

You will also have at your disposal a television set, radio, alarm clock and documentation and tourist books on Paris. The shower room is en suite with the bedroom. Its use is private for the visitors.

The second bedroom is equipped with a double bed (140X190) and a private bathroom (with a bath and private toilets).

Breakfast will not be served by Christiane but all the necessary basic ingredients will be left at your disposal in the bedroom. You will find orange juice, milk, coffee, tea, sugar, brioche and biscuits.

Location and tourist interests
District: 11th
Subway: Richard Lenoir
Rue: Boulevard Richard Lenoir

Bastille: 10 min. walk
Oberkampf:  10 min. walk
The Vosges Square:  15 min. walk
Châtelet:  15 min. by subway
Champs-Elysées:  25 min. by subway
Père Lachaise Cemetery:  30 min. walk and 15 min. by subway
Notre-Dame:  30 min. walk and 20 min. by subway

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

happy dance in Paris

Nothing feels better than receiving wonderful rave reviews from guests who have returned from one of our Paris B&B apartments. and I've been doing my happy dance all day! :D and I cant help but share...

For this lovely stunning bright home in the 9th....

"we were delighted with our B&B, it could not have been any better.Chantal has everything 100% perfect.The position was great, we enjoy staying in the Opera district it felt like being at home. The security was excellent and easy to use, the bedroom and ensuite was superior to the 3 star hotel accommodation we have used on previous visits and having the use of the sitting room made it complete.We can not speak highly enough of Chantal and Joe and would be happy to recommend them to our family friends"


 for this marais beauty...

"Nicholas was very warm and welcoming, gave us exact instructions on how to find apartment and we felt at ease and very safe and happy.

Apartment was very comfortable, loved hanging out the window and watchng the locals walking home, riding bikes, watching other walking tour groups and daily life. Miss it!

Regina kept us in contact and infromed at all times, we always felt looked after. I had a problem getting wi-fi (so many providers to choose from, but I everntually found the right one!) and Regina had organised a local to come up and sort it out, which wasn't needed, but thanks for doing that. Brilliant!

Directions to the apartment were Absolutley clear and easy to follow.

Overall - Very Parisian, even the quirky bits. We had a ball, and terrific to come 'home' foot sore and weary, and then relax watching other tourists and locals flog the footpaths. Did 2 loads of washing and that was a great benefit, loved being in touch over internet too".

View the full description and more photos here:

Thank you to Ian and Patty for these comments and feedback :)

still doing the happy dance...with maracas! ha!

Bonne nuit everyone 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Montparnasse Maison - new Paris apartment

How many times have you seen this colourful facade of the buildings in the 14eme; Montparnasse neighbourhood of Paris? (and featured in many French Movies)...

Our NEW Paris Studio apartment is here!! Inside this building located in a private lane from 1840. Quintessentially Parisian full of historic charm. Our new studio apartment is small and basic yet cosy and absolutely perfect.

A one room unhosted private apartment with bed, bathroom and kitchen. For me waking up one sleepy stumble away from kitchen is my idea of heaven haha! 

Full of light, the windows open on an inner courtyard. You will appreciate the quietness and enjoy the sounds of the birds chirping each morning.

Delphine your host is an actress and artist. She loves to meet new people and enjoys welcoming guests into her B&B studio. She lives upstairs in another apartment, easily accessible to guests should they need anything.

The kitchen is completely equipped with a table, chairs, microwave, refrigerator, hot plates, toaster, dishes and some food of first need such as : salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, rice, pasta.

In your room, you will also find a set for warm drinks (coffee, tea, herbal teas, granulated chocolate, milk), as well as documentation on Paris and storage spaces.

As Delphine often works late in the evening, she prefers to leave in your guest room all the necessary breakfast basics so that you can prepare breakfast by yourself. You will find milk, butter, orange-juice in the refrigerator, bread, brioche, jam and honey in the cupboard.


his studio is very centrally located with many well known and famous cafes, restaurants and museums nearby. It is also the area for the best open air fresh food markets. It is located 5 minutes (walk) from the Luxembourg Garden, 15 minutes (walk) from the Latin Quarter and the famous Mouffetard street, and 2 minutes (walk), Raspail subway station will take you directly to Boulevard Saint-Germain within 10 minutes. If you like to walk, within 10 minutes you will reach Rue de Rennes where you can shop all the way up to Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Special Introductory rate of 125euro per night for 1 or 2 people.
Arrondissement: 14th

This gorgeous new B&B is not yet on our website (that's a job for this weekend) so for availability and bookings please enquire to at:

Merci :) et bonne nuit x