For the past two weeks we have been residing in the 13th Arrondissement, one of twenty sections of Paris. An easy Metro ride of 15 to 20 minutes of most major Paris attractions, it has been great to be away from the throngs of tourists downtown.
Our Airbnb accommodation has cost us about $100 Canadian per night. We have a small one bedroom flat, within 5 minutes of a Metro Station. We highly recommend this area for your future travels. Our closest Metro stops are Glacière, Corvisart, and Place D’Italie. From our residence we have two major outdoor markets within a ten minute walk…a definite plus if you plan to cook which we do almost daily. We have really enjoyed shopping at these markets which include high quality fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads and confections.
I will be afraid to get back on a scale once I return to the U.K.! We are walking in excess of 20,000 steps most days which will help.
The Metro system here is fantastic! We have been traveling extensively throughout Paris, and I don’t think we have ever waited more than 3 minutes for a train. About 22 Euros for a weekly pass….worth every penny.
We find English speaking people a little harder to come by in this section of Paris, but as long as we make an effort with our minimal ability in French, everyone has been very helpful.
As Garry mentioned in our last entry, our stay will likely be extended for a few days due to delays in receiving our visa replacements. We thought about going to rural France, but our little flat is available until the end of the week, so we’ve decided to stay put in Paris. There remains, a lot we would like to do here including going for a night view at the top of the Arc de Triomphe, a visit to the Louvre, and a trip to a huge park on the western edge of Paris, the Bois de Boulogne.
Last night, we had a picnic supper in the Jardin des Tuileries, my favourite downtown park, located between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Established in 1664, it is one of Paris’s most popular green spaces with a large pool and many statues scattered over the area.
Below are photos of the Tuileries, along with some shots of our accommodation.