Charming 26m2 studio apartment in Rue Descartes, in the heart of the famous Rue Mouffetard Quarter. A calm and light haven on the 4th floor with views to France's most prestigious school Lycee Henri IV and the Pantheon on one side and the Parisian roofs of the peaceful courtyard on the other side, this studio exudes the charm of historical Paris with its exposed timber beams and fireplace.
Newly renovated in January 2011, the 'Studio Descartes' apartment features state of the art amenities including wall mounted flat screen TV with Ipod/Iphone dock and cable Panasonic TV including international channels, high speed internet and wireless, phone connection with free calls to all French fixed lines and mobiles and to international landlines in over 130 countries as well as latest model of Brand washing machine and dryer, induction hot plates and LG microwave.
Cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen with the exquisite local produce you get in the Rue Mouffetard at the fresh food markets or walk down to the Seine River (10 min) with a champagne picnic from one of the numerous local wine merchants in the street.
The calm location of the 'Studio Descartes' in the back building invites a good night sleep in the loft sleeping area (mezzanine to be accessed with ladder) with a queensize mattress, or turn your living room into a junior suite by easily converting the trendy 'Sullivan' sofa into a luxury bed with a high quality queensize mattress (top grade of density, 'HR 35', high resilience with 35kg/m3).
Thanks to our location up on the 4th level, we enjoy light entering through the large windows. This is the most historic part of Paris, so no elevator in the antique building with typical Parisian stone stairs leading you up to your private sanctuary. But you do get your daily workout - no gym pass needed!!
The small bathroom features a good size shower (we are both very tall people!), a sink and toilet.
Closest metro station is 5 minutes away: Place Monge (Line 7) and Cardinal Lemoine (Line 10),
RER Line B Luxembourg Station (regional express train network to Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports, change to Linne C to Versailles) only 10 minutes walking distance. This also takes you to St Michel, Chatelet - Les Halles, Gare du Nord.
We trust you will enjoy our little Paris treasure as much as our friends and us do!
Book tip: Ernest Hemingway 'A Moveable Feast' (a copy is in the studio for you to read during your stay if you wish)
'If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then whereever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast' - Hemingway.
Hemingway lived across the street and the old Paris city wall goes through the main building, so you are experiencing 12th century history live!
Keywords: Calm and light studio apartment in Rue Mouffetard with exposed timber beams in charming historic building from 17th century. State of the art appliances, high speed internet connection, wireless, TV, telephone with free calls to all French mobiles and fixed lines and all landlines internationally. Fully self contained with extensive kitchen equipment.
Olivier is a French journalist and Tea a German/Finnish entrepreneur and business executive. We are based in Paris and Brisbane, Australia. Olivier works in the newsroom of a French current news magazine and Tea is CEO of a language service company. Paris and our studio apartment is home to us and our sanctuary due to its calm position. We love sharing the magic of the City of Lights with our friends and other travellers.
The Rue Mouffetard is our favourite street in Paris. It's the old historic Paris, full of charme and activities, with fresh food markets and literary cafes abound. Hemingway lived across the street and today many famous French artists live in the area. It's mostly a pedestrian street where Paris locals, students from the nearby Sorbonne University and the famous Henry IV Highschool (France's most prestigious Lycee) mingle with travellers from all around the world. Just next to the Pantheon and a 10 minute walk from the Seine River and Notre Dame, 5 minutes from the Jardin de Luxembourg, and a stunning 20 minute walk through Ile de la Citee or Ile St. Louis to the Right Bank, it's centrally located for everything.
One of Tea's favourite things to do is the Hammam (Arabic Steam baths) at the nearby French Mosque (Mosquee de Paris). It's an authentic spa experience with Algerian mamas giving you deep tissue massages and delightful tea rooms for lingering afterwards. Best way to get rid of a jet lag.But beware: this ain't an Anglosaxon spa experience!!
Buy local produce at the famous markets at Place Monge and Rue Mouffetard where Parisians shop and cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen or take a picnic down to the Seine for sunset drinks! You can virtually walk everywhere from this location, but the metro at Place Monge is less than a 5 minute walk and the RER (airport train link) to both airports (CDG and Orly) is less than 10 minutes away (RER/Metro Luxembourg).
I go jogging in the Jardin des Plantes, just down the road.
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