We’ve been back from Paris for a few days now and it was all the things that make Paris the most visited city in the world; beautiful, romantic, culturally rich, vibrant. We stayed for six nights and while I saw plenty, I left feeling like I needed another solid week to really sink my teeth into the city.
To recap, I’ll start with photos of our beautiful Airbnb in Paris. I’m a Cancer and an introvert who is primarily concerned with her personal comfort. So anytime I travel, the first thing I want to know is where will I be sleeping. We booked this trip relatively late, just a couple of months before traveling. Hotel rates were already quite high and options were quickly slimming. Luckily, I’d been maintaining a wishlist of Paris apartments on Airbnb for several months. You see, we’d originally planned to make this trip around Christmas, but when our move to the UAE got pushed back, so did the trip. In the end, nothing was loss and my wishlist saved the day. I recommend using that feature on Airbnb for any trip you are even slightly imagining. It will make it so much easier to find a place if you need to book quickly. Also, you can follow the changes in availability from high season to low season, which may influence when you book your trip.
In conceiving this vacation, we knew we wanted a more residential feel for our accommodations. Who doesn’t want to pretend to be Parisian for a week? Walking to the boulangerie in the morning to get a fresh baguette to bring back to the apartment. Piling fresh produce into a French basket for a light déjeuner. Please note, this never happened during our trip, but the vision did inform our decision to rent an Airbnb in Paris. We cared less about our proximity to or view of the Eiffel Tower or the Champs-Élysées, as long as we could access those things easily when we wanted. With this in mind, we chose a lovely studio in the 11th arrondissement. As someone with an interest in design, I fell in love with the clean, modern interior and well-informed details (mudcloth, Margiela matryoshka dolls, etc.) before noticing this apartment was listed as the Design Lover’s Studio. Go figure.
While I wouldn’t recommend this Airbnb in Paris for travelers looking for a more stereotypical stay, the neighborhood was perfect for us. It was residential, but also quite buzzing with activity and very close to a number of trendy restaurants, bars and cafes. Honestly, it felt a lot like Brooklyn and that old NYC muscle memory made it easy for us to make ourselves at home.