Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A few photos of the apartment.

Our apartment is at 40 Rue Descartes. It is just across the narrow street from where Hemingway had a studio to do some of his early writing. The books, The Paris Wife and The Movable Feast, talk about his work there.
Speaking of work, Judy has done a lot of re-arranging in the apartment as she likes to do. It is in a great location and has plenty of space but just needed a woman's touch. Here is a quick walk through of the apartment....

When you walk in the door, this is the room on the 4th (5th floor, US). That is folding futon that sleeps 2 comfortably.

The Glass staircase on the left leads up to the 5th (6th, US) floor.

The glass staircase is a bit daunting at first, but one gets used to it. Looking back down the stairs towards the 5th floor.

The  stairs lead up to the next level where most of the living area is.

On the next level you enter into the living room. Judy has done most of her re-arranging here. We have a great view of our neighbors across the street through the windows.

Looking from the living room into the kitchen. The living room is a bit raised up from the kitchen. Judy moved the dining room table away from the edge of the drop off. The owner probably didn't notice that, when 4 are at the table, one could fall over into the kitchen.

Here is our bedroom. The bed is actually bigger than it appears in the photo and is very comfortable. There are huge windows in the bedroom that let in the morning light. We wake up to see our neighbors across the street hanging their sheets out the window.

And, of course, the famous folding toilet bathroom. There is a washer/dryer on the left and a shower at the end of the room. That is a sink about the washing machine.

There is a fireplace dating from the 17th century which I think would still work but no one wants to lug the wood up 6 flights.

We are very pleased with this apartment. It is in a vibrant (read, noisy) student section of the city with a smattering of middle-aged people (like us ) living here. The climb up the stairs is a hike but we are getting used to it and it is well worth the effort to work off the baguettes and pain raisin.


  1. Looks like a really neat place. How toned your leg muscles will be climbing all the stairs!


  2. Very cool and interesting updated 16th century space! Glad you're settling in.


  3. Sarah and Lind, we are very comfortable here. It is pretty cool. I'm hoping the beams are original. They sure look it.


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