Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Paris Bed & Breakfast


Did you know that you can stay in Paris in a Bed & Breakfast? I didn't... Well until a couple of days ago when I received an email from a friend of friend of friend who was actually trying to promote his apartment. I gave him a call and went there yesterday to take a photo. Nice place, cool guy and definitely a good experience (well, that's what his guest book says anyway!!). He also told me that he would soon be offering theme meals : Parisian dinners, Mediterranean, Indian... Check this site for more. You'll see, he's not the only one to run a Parisian Bed and Breakfast. PS: the "rocks" on the floor are not stones but cushions!

Picnic alert: the annual PDP picnic will definitely take place this Wednesday @ 7:30 on the Seine riverside. The weather will be gorgeous! Bring some food and something to drink and don't forget to also bring your good mood ;) More in the forum or on Facebook.

53 comments:

  1. Love b abd b's. Great hoto and good publicity!

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  2. Ooops---typed too fast. Sorry for the errors! -"and" + "photo"!

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  3. That's a great thought for next time! I'm trying to find a way of getting to the picnic, but with 30,000 k to travel and no time to fix my bicycle, I think I'll have to put it off till next year.

    Then I can combine the B&B with the picnic.

    Cheers,

    P
    Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

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  4. Another great angle Eric! You must have been a real contortionist to get this shot. Cute apartment – and the price seems reasonable. Glad to hear there are finally some B&Bs in Paris! Nice alternative to a hotel.

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  5. Really?! That sounds very nice : beautiful decoration, well designed, good location, low price apparently. A good idea to spend great time in Paris! Very often, I wish I would be a tourist in Paris!!
    Well, a nice apartment to live in Paris too!

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  6. Down on your knees Eric, once again!! The asymetric angle is well chosen.
    I love it, it seems to be a very cool and comfortable room.The decoration is really nice.

    The weather will be around 25° on Wed! Perfect weather to have a pic nic. I'm so glad and impatient. :)

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  7. Great tip Eric. You just forgot to give us the address. But I´m guessing this is a nice location.

    Guille if you´re impatient just imagine us who are dying to hear the details of how everything went at the picnic!

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  8. Apartments are becoming the more affordable option to costly Parisian hotels. Definitely will go this route the next time we travel across the pond. Nice camera angle BTW!

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  9. Ooooh a city chambres d'hote? It looks just lovely. My type of decor, white, clean, unfussy. I love it! So if he's offering themed meals, this is surely more than mere bed & breakfast!

    You know, i kind of expected your post tonight to be Kylie.........she has just been awarded in Paris for her services to French culture. I bet she's a fan of yours, Eric, incognito. I reckon at the ceremony she was scanning the room for a man laying on the floor!

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  10. Nice shot!!

    I'm hoping for a long visit to Paris when my kids are out of the house. I probably will go the apartment route for a month or so. But a short visit before that happens sounds wonderful in a B&B!

    I'll have to keep that in mind!

    Oh, I have a question for you all who have been there or are fortunate enough to live there...what is your favorite place to eat out? And what dish is your favorite to eat there?

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  11. Well, that makes sense. I don't know why anyone would want to hoist a couple of large rocks up the stairs into their Paris apartment ;)

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  12. Christie: I don't have a "favorite" place to eat in Paris. When I'm hungry, I stop for whatever looks good, smells good, and is in my budget, and most of the time, I'm happy with the selection.

    But I have pretty simple taste, I guess, and one of my favorite things to eat in Paris is the "Salade Niçoise" they make in the old Brasseries. And I like it because of the taste of the vinaigrette and mayonaise they have over there. I can't describe it but it has a specific taste I really, really miss. Also, I love the food you can eat on the go, the crepes and stuff, cheese, pastries. The best meals I had were in small, unpretentious restaurants, away from trendy areas.

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  13. B&B's are to hotels what lovers are to "ladies of the night": an upgrade, but not to the discomforts of home.

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  14. I just assumed B&B's were everywhere!
    Your friend certainly keeps it tidy! Good thing too since you photographed the floor!

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  15. This place looks very inviting (did you lie down on the floor to get this shot?). And the price and location seem good too (not far from the Canal St. Martin and my daughters' favorite bar, Chez Prune -- still there, j'espere). Thanks for the tip, Eric. Until my dream of my own Paris apartment comes true, maybe I'll stay here when I'm lucky enough to get to Paris, and make believe it's mine (sigh). The guy who owns it -- is he sympa?
    Christie -- if you ask 100 people to name their fave Paris restaurant, you'll probably get 100 different answers. If I have to choose one, I think I have to say Brasserie Balzar. Even though it's been bought by the FLO group, I think they've maintained the quality of the food and it's not filled with only tourists; there's usually a nice mix of visitors and locals. I always order the steak tartare and the pommes dauphinoise -- worth every calorie. BTW, as best I can recall, it was maybe the only restaurant in the neighborhood of the Sorbonne that wasn't touched in Mai 68 -- we loved it so much (and, of course, the prices were a LOT cheaper back then).
    I'm sure the PDP pique-nique will be lots of fun. I'm envious!

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  16. Very interesting to know. And a good photo too!
    Have a nice day.

    Pietro

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  17. Errr, quite a contrast from yesterday's post I'd say...

    Yes Eric, can you give the address and rates in case somebody wants to stay there (or the people down below want to go occupy it for a demonstration)!

    :-)

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  18. Looks very nice, a good way to stay in Paris. I stayed for a week in an apartment in the 16th...don't think I could have done that in a hotel.

    Astute observation, Michael. Often I think Eric creates themes and stories, if we'd only notice them. For the information you seek, click on the link.

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  19. You know, the discreet display (i.e. at tomorrow's picnic) of a small Australian flag would, I'm sure, be greatly appreciated by all of PDP's absent Antipodean friends and contributors. But remember - small and discreet! I don't want to get into trouble with myself for having encouraged a random display of foreign nationalism on the banks of the Seine!

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  20. On the Seine riverside? Isn't that a bit vague? I have this vision of you all wandering around trying to find each other! Where will you be, do you know? LOL

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  21. Lucio - Will a flag attatched to a toothpick flagpole suffice? I'm up to the task just for you!

    Lynn - I hope I find them on the Seine Riverside too ... or I'll have to drink 5 bottles of wine all by myself .. Well actually that wouldn't be horrible:) Eric facebooked google maps and even a video where he hoofed it to the picnic spot from the metro.
    Do you have a facebook account? You should join! I found Michael and Rose yesterday using that nifty networking medium.

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  22. Marie: Yes, that's perfect! Exactly what I was thinking of, in fact!! Thank you!!!

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  23. Marie, i've been asked to again and again but am shy of doing it a) because i know i'll get hooked and waste time there b) that's if i get in in the first place. Tech issues and i have a history. c) My son said if i did i might end up seeing his bare bottom at uni parties. Perhaps i'm blissfully ignorant about what goes on at uni.

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  24. Well anyway where's it going to be then? Which part of the Seine? I want to visualise it!

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  25. Here's a favourite restaurant, on the right bank opposite Ile St. Louis:
    Le Trumilou
    84, Quai de l'Hotel de Ville
    Paris 4me
    01.42.77.63.98

    Jarret de Jambon, Magret de Canard. I always seem to end up chatting with other diners there, which is a GOOD THING. Mix of tourists/locals.

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  26. The decor pictured on the B& B site is quite inviting, while Eric's is more shall I say, intriguing...

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  27. By the way, my little photo was taken at La Palette, corner of R. de Seine and R. Jacques Callot, 6eme. A traditional hangout for art students, this place is excellent for a lunch, especially when it's warm enough to sit where I was in the photo.

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  28. Hi Eric,

    Thank you for this picture and website of B&B in Paris! You gave a very valuable information for many travellers, including my family. I am checking your blog every morning, sometimes your pictures making my day :) Like in post with funny colorful helmets :) And like today :)

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  29. This B&B apartment is lovely, I would love to stay there.
    I too prefer an apartment to a hotel, especially if it's for more than a week.
    Next time I'm in Paris (unfortunately NOT tomorrow, but in July/August) I'll stay in an apartment in the 15.arr. borrowed from friends to a friend. And when I come back at the end of September I'm staying at a hotel. BUT next year in May I'll stay in Paris for three weeks in a rented apartment in the 1.arr.
    That I really look forward to. I imagine it'll be like having a "daily life" in Paris and that it'll be a little less touristy.
    I would just love to have my own home in Paris, and I'm seriously thinking about permenently renting a furnished studio or something like that. Then Paris will only be a flight ticket away :D

    BTW I received my Moleskin Paris city notebook today.
    And Michael I can tell you it's nothing like a little dead animal ;)
    It's really great and I can't wait to use it in Paris.
    Tonight I'll move all my old notes into it.

    Everyone have FUN at the picnic tomorrow in both Paris and SF.

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  30. This is an update regarding the SF PDP Picnic of tomorrow evening. So far we have four people attending, isn't that awesome. Katie, Heather, Buzzgirl and moi. I'm thrilled to death.

    These floor/ground shots have become Eric's signature. I don't know of another photographer who does so many. Someday there will be a book of all of his floor/ground shots. The cover photo will be that photo that Michael took of Eric lying on the grass at Lynn's place. I can visualize it.

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  31. Lois: my Tomato suit is at the cleaners, but I'll see if I can join your party.

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  32. Monica & Lynn, The PDP picnic is going to be at Port du Louvre located at the end of the rue du l'Amiral Coligny.

    Marie, Thanks for the tip on the video. I could not find "Eric's" video on Facebook. Would you point me in the right direction? thanks

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  33. Oh Tomate you must come, just wear something RED. I'm sure you will look gorgeous.

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  34. Have fun at both parties, everyone! Post photos!

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  35. Enjoy your pic nic in SF guys!

    Thanks Petrea, we'll think about you, be sure of that.

    Somebody has to bring a corkscrew, mine is broken!
    :)

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  36. Marie you are funny! "Will a flag attatched to a toothpick flagpole suffice?" good one;-)

    Thanks Guille & Petrea, also, thanks for reminding me to take photos. I forgot that part. Wow, what's up with that? :s

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  37. Such a modern looking B&B - cool idea. Have tons of fun at the PDP picnic!!! I am fully expecting to see beaucoup des photos, s'il vous plait!

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  38. Tomate, I told my mom about the memu for our picnic and she said, "no salad"? Okay, a salad with homemade French mayonnaise on the side.

    Katie, I am bringing homemade Irish Soda Bread. My X, who is Parisian (you know the one in Vietnam today) loves this bread because I get it right from the oven near my home. I have a bread machine too -- for homemade bread. You are bringing French bread right?

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  39. Lois I'll bring French bread (well, maybe also a sourdough baguette, since that's so San Francisco), cheese and fruit. And a camera! One of us will definitely post the SF picnic photos.

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  40. Lois - I am sooo glad that I checked the comments before going to bed. If you scroll down a bit on Eric's facebook link you'll see a crooked tower of pisalike Tour St. Jacques. 'Displaying one video' is in itsy bitsy letters. I hope that helps:)

    Have a wonderful time California ladies. I am greeeeeeeeeeen with jealousy. Sourdough bread!!!!!!! My Grandmother, who lives in Novato, had 12 children... That means uncountable grandchildren... She used to keep mountains of sourdough on top of the fridge. We had to be quite sneaky to nab tidbuts when she wasn't looking. The grandkids scooted up chairs or boosted each other up in order to procure the holy grail like bready treat.

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  41. Katie, my daughter bought me a digital camera but I haven't used it for a while. Maybe you could help me with that when you get here.

    Okay Eric, I'm going to say something about your photo. The decor looks like "minimal art" which was influenced by Japanese art -- which has influenced Ikea [sp?]. I am so light headed because of the party. I use to be quite the party girl -- I've had to tone things down a bit (I just don't have the stamina that I had when I was 20 something. But my mind is still there.

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  42. Lynn - You do become a facebookaholic for about a month until the addiction wears off. I'm just glad that it is not a completely young teeny bopper communication tool. There are some very useful 'grownup' applications too. You can 'flog your blog' and wellllll ummmnnnn anddddd waste your time... You're right! DO NOT SIGN UP!

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  43. Marie, Thanks for the story about sourdough bread -- I love the "holy grail like bready treat". Novato -- close by, please tell her she is invited to the SF PDP picnic. thx

    Other sourdough bread stories: "Mother Dough" So important is their "Mother Dough" it was heroically saved by Louise Boudin during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Sourdough is the oldest and most original form of leavened bread. The oldest recorded use of sourdough is from the Ancient Egyptian civilizations around 1500 BC.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sourdough

    Now I am being like Eric and giving you the link to wikipedia. I'm an Eric clone ahhhhh

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  44. lol Marie ok i'll wait awhile i think, i'm up to my neck in stuff at the moment!

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  45. "Now I am being like Eric and giving you the link to wikipedia. I'm an Eric clone ahhhhh" LOOOOOOOL!

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  46. i knew they were cushions...lol!!!

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