Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Paris: The Next Big Adventure

I've been delaying much of my work travel over the past year-and-a-half as I became too pregnant to fly and then didn't want to leave Fiona. I mustered through two trips without her and needed to find a solution for additional much-needed travel. After much discussion with Chris and my employer, I was able to arrange to work from Paris this summer and use the city as my base of travel so I can do several quick trips throughout Europe. The trip was touch-and-go until Chris received approval from his work to take a leave. So here I am writing from our Paris apartment where we will spend the next ten weeks!

We booked a two bedroom apartment with a nursery/guest room for Fiona, complete with crib, toys and baby dishes. The apartment is located in Montmartre, an artistic community north of the Seine. We are on the sixth floor of a building that lacks an elevator and is extremely eccentric from an American perspective. The owner is an artist, and the apartment has unique touches, such as a master bedroom accessible by a bookcase ladder and what we believe to be a genuine human skull on said bookcase. Also in the apartments are molds of Mau, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Elvis under glass, animal hides on the floor and some rather colorful wall art. The bathroom has a narrow tub with a non-working wall mount so showers are essentially out. However, all the idiosyncrancies make the apartment that much more memorable, and when we throw open all of the windows in the apartment, a cooling breeze drifts through from the balconey, and we can hear the bustle of traffic and Parisians below us at the Thai, Italian and French restaurants on our street.

Living Room - the ladder up the bookcase is how the master bedroom is accessed.
Skulls on the bookcase

Upstairs Bedroom 

Main Floor Bedroom (Fiona's room)

Mr. Mau and the British royalty


Fun times on the balcony 

View out the window from Fiona's room. I love all of the chimneys.
 A few pictures at Notre Dame
 Five minute walk to Sacre Coeur


Blogger Bonny said...

Wow... That is a crazy apartment. I love your balcony and views though. Do you have to haul your stroller up and down the six flights whenever you go out? I can imagine that would be interesting for groceries as well. Do you guys have a car there at all?

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Pooja said...

What a lucky girl and blessed family you are. What an experience Erin :) So glad it worked out for you!

2:13 PM  
Blogger Jes said...

So fun! Love your apartment. Paris seems to suit Fiona:)

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Lizzie said...

Yep I think that Paris agrees with you all and that will be such a memory for 10 weeks - can't believe that Fiona is 1 already!

12:48 PM  

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