My new “blogging office” and study table. Not a bad view.
Bonjour Mon Amies,
Oh my goodness!! I have arrived. After 20 hours of travel the taxi finally pulled up in front of this charming 18th century-old building on the Rue de Barthollet. I got out and smiled. Is this REAL? I get to live here? Once inside, I was even more enchanted. This is the quintessential Parisian flat. There are old stained wooden floors, white french doors~actually inside the home, a balcony with a view of the rooftops (I am up on the 5th floor), and a tiny charming country looking kitchen. No closets just an armoir with, um, 5 hangers and a toilet in a closet down the hall from the bathtub and sink….hmmm. Interesting, but so Paris. I am in LOVE.
Views from my rather large balcony.
Look how adorable this kitchen is ~
And this is my bedroom window ~
I love this little flat. It’s making Paris that much sweeter.
Upon arriving, I was immediately welcomed by a quintessential french woman, Genevieve. She owns the flat and like my other Parisian friend Catherine (whom I stayed with in June) she resides in a flat on the next floor ~ so she rents this one and has an almost identical one upstairs. She is an artist, yoga teacher and french language professor at the University Sorbonne here in Paris.
Genevieve had a bohemian look about her wearing purple jeans and a colorful blouse. Although, many traits were still classic french. Her hair was a mess but still chic looking, she wore very little makeup and let her natural beauty shine, and she immediately pointed out that the bubble gum I was chewing would ruin my palate. How embarrassing! I need to lose my gum chewing habit while in Paris. It is non chic!
She then invited me up for tea. She made a delicious cup for me – all loose leaf as she says she despises “the bags.” She mumbled something about quality. We started talking about my wine program that is about to start and she became very intrigued. Her father is from Bordeaux and so wine has always been a strong presence in her life.
By the end of the talk we had decided that I would give her tasting lessons and taste her on wines I was learning about, and she would in turn give me private french language lessons. We are going to try and meet once a week in the evenings to do our exchange.
After my lovely introduction, I came back down to my flat and settled in. I unpacked my suitcases, set up my room and took a nice long bubble bath. I got ready and headed out to the small market up the street. About a 6 minute walk on foot. I stocked up on yogurt, fruit, sparkling mint water, wine, cheese and jam. Then, I stopped at the Boulangerie and picked up a baguette. This is one of the reasons I moved here. I am passionate about this lifestyle and getting fresh quality ingredients by the day. I love that the french get a baguette on a daily basis fresh out of the ovens to eat with their meals. I am following suit.
Tonight, I plan to stay in. I am exhausted from the travel, BUT I will sit on my balcony and watch the Parisians go about their evening. I will be sipping a glass of wine and calling it a night ~ full day tomorrow!! Bonne Nuit.