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Parisian Apartment – Haven in Paris

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My first apartment in Paris was Montmartre. Located in the 18th arrondissement it wasn’t the center of the city but Montmartre has a vibe of its own and its so boho chic. Its a little neighborhood different from the rest of the city. This will always be special to me as its where I spent so much of my time when I first moved to Paris. The area has changed over the years and there are finally a few places to get a good cup of coffee which makes it even better 😉 If you follow along on my instagram you know I like coffee..

I have stayed in 8 different apartments in Paris all over the city. I love seeing the inside of places and the views… Balconies are my favorite and when I saw that there were three balconies in the Haven in Paris apartment I stayed in a few weeks ago I was thrilled! The Montmartre Hideaway was just a few blocks away from my old apartment so I was already familiar with where to get my baguette, grocery shop and coffee. The apartment was five flights up with no lift so I worked off my croissant before even arriving to the boulangerie.

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It rained just a few minutes after my arrival to the apartment and it was really beautiful to watch the rain fall from the windows. The rooftop view in Montmartre is unlike anything else in the city. The perks of staying in an apartment in Paris are the washer and dryer, full kitchen with an oven, and a lot more space. I will talk more about choosing one over the other in a follow up post.

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I am typically in a hurry for the light in the morning but I did take a day out to enjoy a breakfast on the balcony because I had to enjoy the view. I grabbed these delicious strawberries at the market down the street. I swear strawberries taste better in France than anywhere else…

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This view from the bedroom was incredible and so wonderful to wake up to in the morning. There were curtains to block out the light but I made sure to sleep with the windows open to catch the morning light and the fresh breeze.

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The apartment I stayed in is available here through Haven in Paris 

 

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HOME

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home

Home. A four letter word I am not used to. Three years ago I packed up my Chicago apt to move to paris for three months. I put all my belongings in storage knowing that I did not want to return the same person. I was looking for change. Once I arrived in Paris in the freezing cold month of February I knew I wanted to stay longer. Back and forth between the states and paris I went moving more times that I care to admit. Without a visa I couldn’t stay put long term. Three months turned into three years of a nomadic life. The thing is I wouldn’t change a thing. My life has changed in so many ways I am still trying to sort everything all in my head. So here I am in Chicago three years later. A different person than when I left. My storage unit filled with belongings that are just now “things” Instead of moving them into my new home I gave away everything and threw away the key. A new beginning starts now.

100 steps ,the Paris Apartment

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Today I arrived in Paris. My flight was delayed two hours coming in which meant technically I had two more hours to sleep on the plane. Instead it really meant I had an extra two hours to toss and turn with excitement. I had a little difficulty with the code to the apartment but I finally arrived hungry (when am I not?) I knew I was on the 5th floor which in French terms thats 6 flights with no lift. I tried to remind myself of this when I was packing but it didn’t work out too well. 50lbs of luggage went up the stairs along with my camera equipment, computer ect. The stairs are tight and narrow and I swear get smaller in length as I climb. I reached the top and as I called out for my landlady the 50lbs of luggage tumbled down the flight of stairs. I went back down to grab the luggage and thank goodness my land lady opened the door. The apartment is exactly 100 steps up from the ground and even more adorable in person. Well worth the wait and another score for Airbnb The apartment is  sectioned off into 4 rooms. Very spacious and Parisian charming at the the same time. Then there is also a balcony. Room for 4 people. Its begging to be used often. Don’t you agree?

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The Calm

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I will be the first to admit my first Paris apartment had me spoiled with two balconies and a view of Sacre Couer and Parisian rooftops. This little balcony over looking the rooftops was perfect to squeeze out onto for a Parisian breakfast or morning cup of tea. I looked out the window on rainy afternoons watching the rain fall. On warm afternoons I would pop a plant or flower vase on the outside and leave the windows open just life this photograph. There was never enough time to enjoy this beautiful view. Thankfully I snapped a few pictures of it over the months. It reminds me of all those perfect moments.

Parisian Rooftops

Montmartre Balcony

Climbing the stairs in Paris

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There is something about Parisian stairs that get me. Last year I lived on the 6th floor and I challenged myself to climb up and down the stairs and unless I absolutely had to I never took the lift. This lift fit me and my suitcase. When I am exploring Parisian courtyards and friends apartments I can’t help but check out the staircases. Here are a few.

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Parisian Stairs

My Paris Apartment 2014

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Last years Paris apartment I booked on Airbnb my first experience using the site and it was a gamble. I loved the two balconies but the location and actual apartment were not my favorite. This time around I booked from a reference and I love the inside of the apartment. Every little detail is so much my style. If this place had a balcony with a rooftop view it would be heaven! 

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Everything in the place is brand new. One of my favorite parts is the kitchen because I have a fridge, freezer, oven, and dishwasher. These may be standard in the States but a pure luxury in a Paris apartment. I am looking forward to collecting ingredients at the market and cooking soon. 

Happy 2014!

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Wow, so its been about a week since my last post. The holidays kept me busy with family and friends and I have been trying to plan out 2014. I hope you all had a fun and relaxing end to 2013. What is on your new years agenda?

Where should I travel next, Paris or explore Italy? Would love to know your thoughts.

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