Usually, from the moment a city break is booked the dreaming begins. I gather together gems of advice and compose a wish lists of things to do.
This trip to Paris came as a fantastic surprise from Nick for Christmas. He did everything from selecting the apartment on Airbnb to secretly booking my time off work. I was so giddy with excitement when I found out and he scored some serious boyfriend points!
As everything was already planned (and our schedules have been a little hectic recently) we didn’t give the trip another thought until it was time to pack our bags. No long lists of recommendations, just the hope of a happy holiday!
On the plane journey over there we devised an elaborate plan for our first afternoon in The City Of Love: check out apartment then drink red wine and eat French food!
Down the cobbled street and up the spiral staircase we went to meet Thierry, the keeper of the keys and the apartment owner’s boyfriend. Imagine an illustration of a French artist, that is exactly how he looked with his aged but handsome features, long messy hair, crumpled suit and flouncy neck scarf.
I so wanted to take a photograph of him but doubt got the better of me, sometimes bohemians don’t want to be papped for the purpose of your blog.
The apartment was stunning with huge sash windows, original wooden floors and a bright orange Smeg fridge.
The beauty of traveling with Airbnb is that each rental is unique and usually represents the owner’s tastes and lifestyle requirements. Some are purely rentals with minimal decor but this one was the home of an artist with chipped paint on the walls and original paintings hung in every room.
That was the first thing on the to do list done, on to the second and third: wine plus food!
We headed into Marais for a bottle of red wine, onion soup (wow- I need to learn how to make it) and potato salad. Marais is one of my favourite areas in Paris, it reminds me a little of Soho in London. It has a cool vibe with lots of contemporary art galleries, independent restaurants and quirky bars.
Satisfied that we had tackled our epic to-do list we took an evening stroll along Canal St Martin to see some sights. When we arrived back at our apartment we discovered that you could actually see the Eiffel tower sparkling in the darkness through the spare bedroom window. It was pretty magical. I love traveling with Airbnb, you just never know what you might discover!
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