Charming apartment in lovely location
Submitted: September 21, 2012
Stayed: September 2012
We have just returned from a short break at this charming apartment. The apartment is small but well thought out - there are 3 large windows that overlook the square, the pretty church and the street market below, where the hustle and bustle of Parisian life can be heard, and although one reviewer found this a little noisy - rectified by closing the windows, when the noise is virtually inaudable, we found it part of the apartments appeal, as felt like this was the authentic face of Paris. The Rue de Mouffetard that the apartment ajoins is colourful, particularly the bottom part where the flat is situated, and here we bought fresh croissants for breakfast at the bakery, fresh pasta at the deli, for dinner, fresh cheese a little further up still, and crusty french bread - all delicious, and easily cooked on the ingenious little kitchenette in the apartment, which houses a 2 ring ceramic hob, a microwave - no conventional oven- a built in fridge, and a neat sink and tap, with plenty of crockery. The top end of Rue de Mouffetard is plied with restaurants all vieing for your custom, Olivia kindly recommended a local restaurant to us, but in the end we just strolled up and found one that did a three course meal quite inexpensively - for Paris anyway, which you just have to accept is expensive for eating out, coffees etc - but provides very good value for money for transport and getting around. The Metro stop is just around the corner and 1 euro 70 takes you as many stops as you chose - we visited Sacre Coeur this way, and Luxemburg Gardens and the St Germaine area another day, but walked back as there is a lot to see strolling through the different areas. In St Germain we discovered the cafe where Picasso frequented, cafe Flore, likewise a nearby cafe, Deux Magots, strange name, that was a haunt of Victor Hugo and Oscar Wilde. Notre Dame is within easy walking distance - visit Shakespeare & co bookshop opposite, on the left bank, quaint and interesting re its proprietors. We walked to the Cemetery La Pere Chais which on reflection would have been better to have visited by tube - essential to buy the map from the guy outside as is very maze like, but although sounds macarbre was interesting to see the gravestones of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaff, Jim Morrison, to name a few. So this apartment leant itself to a different view of Paris for us and fitted the bill perfectly.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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