|My desk in Paris|
I have enjoyed every apartment and every neighbourhood that I have lived in during the last couple of years but there are many practical considerations involved. In Canada, I live in 92 square metres but in Paris right now, I am living in 30 square metres. This is a fairly typical size rental and accommodates 2 singles or 2 couples if they are friendly and tidy. I always rent apartments with room for a friend to visit.
|These doors hide my bedroom and give privacy if I have guests.|
It serves them right because someone had a party last night and every time I woke up I heard music and voices and laughter. This is Paris!
|These stairs twist up for 5 floors. The building is very narrow and there is only one apartment on each floor.|
There are several bars on our street and there is always some reveller noise. I just noticed how similar the two words: reveller and réveiller are. Anyway, there's always someone out there having a good time who wakes you up during the night. If it really bothers you, bring earplugs! It's a vacation so you could sleep in except for the early morning street cleaners and garbage trucks. Contrary to the popular misconception, Paris streets are very clean. You will see the green uniformed men throughout the day and there are green bins every few metres.
|some basic cleaning purchases|
Depending on your rental situation in Paris, cleaning and laundry are considerations. My best experience has been with my first apartment booked through Paris Address. The apartment was clean on my arrival with an extra set of fresh sheets available. I just e-mailed when I required fresh linens and they appeared inside my door. I was studying at the Sorbonne that year so I arranged for regular cleaning (at an extra charge). In retrospect, I should have tried to negotiate cleaning as I did rent for five months. The linens in this apartment are fraying and stained so I bought tea towels, a set of towels for myself, facecloths and M. Propre for wiping surfaces. Today, I will attempt to wash Janet's sheets and towels.
|Sometimes the salon is also the laundry room.|
Using the European combination washer/dryer is an adventure! The first time that I tried, I thought that I had broken something. It took about 4 hours to finish one load. C'est normale. Always choose rapide cycle and DON'T OVERLOAD! Never force the door open however long it takes because the door has a lock. I wash most things by hand and use a blanchisserie/pressing if the item of clothing warrants it. They launder, hand press and wrap your clothing in tissue paper for a modest sum in most residential areas. If their sign says LUXE, walk away unless you are wearing haute couture.
I enjoy all of these little quirks of Paris living. Although my earlier fantasies did not include laundry, garbage trucks or cleaning products, it is these quotidian elements that transform me from a tourist to a Paris dweller.