I Could Live Here

We are waiting to meet friends.

Daughter and I are living in a lovely apartment in the 14th arrondissement. Our nearest stop for the bus is Pernety if you know the Paris metro system. The 14th is a mostly residential area with a really good walkability (i.e. all errands can be done on foot and you have many choices of cafés, bistros, traiteurs and grocery stores).  Milk is sold in small quantities (for coffee) because who wants to handle 3 litres of milk? There are more shopping carts and baby strollers than automobiles. Twenty percent of the residents have grey hair. There are African people in colourful dress, women in hijabs
and older men who don't wear t-shirts.

A few steps from our door is the Parc Alberto Giacometti.

Our apartment might be small by North American standards but our neighbourhood is vibrant.
It seems to me (opinion) that at home, people live in a larger space than is required and consequently spend their time in isolation. In our neighbourhood, people are reading in the little park and there are tables for an outside lunch.

Daughter was spending the day with friends from Canada so I took the opportunity to read, write, straighten the apartment and walk around the neighbourhood. After a week in travel/tourist mode, I require some quiet reflective time.

I wandered the neighbourhood and stopped for a Norwegian salad. So much seafood! The salads are great here.


Time is passing quickly. I've just a few days until my daughter goes home and I move to another apartment in the same neighbourhood. I had forgotten how much I like living here. I'm already
thinking about future rentals.


  1. You look lovely at your outdoor table! And your neighborhood sounds delightful!

    1. Merci. The neighbourhood is great. I would stay here again.

  2. Yours is one happy beautiful face there in Paris! I think it must truly be your soul's home. It's going to hurt leaving there, but we won't think about that.

  3. You do so well at settling into wherever you are at. Those colours look really great on you.

  4. Are you staying in France indefinitely? I think you are right about North Americans having more space than they need. In other countries, the outdoors becomes an extension to one's living space. People eat out doors, use parks as social gathering place. Walk everywhere. Kind of like being on a cruise ship. People on cruises don't pay to have enormous rooms, they pay for the decks, the buffets, the outdoor space and activities.

    1. No, this is a shorter trip for me. I have another week but I have moved to a considerably smaller apartment. It's a tiny 19 square metres. It's clean and there's wifi but I don't think that I could live this small.


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