Our apartment in Paris was bigger than any others we had rented from our agents. Located on a quiet avenue in the 7th arrondissment, it was nonetheless very convenient to the Ecole Militaire Metro station. With two bedrooms, bath, kitchenette and salle de séjour, it was well equipped with a dishwasher, clothes washer, and microwave as well as a range with an oven. All the instructions for the appliances were in French, so we had a bit of work to do to learn how to use them. As with renting a gite, so with renting an apartment, you get a lot more flexibility and space for about the same price as a good hotel room. We have occasionally had guests in other apartments in Paris, as we did in Seguret. But we had no trouble in using all the available space in this apartment all by ourselves.
The shelves were well stocked with books in French, including maps and tour guides, some in English. We were very comfortable.
We had time for dinner and a walk along the Champ de Mars.
The day after our arrival our friends from Louviers arrived for a day visit with their two children. Their little girl we had met before, but this was our first meeting with their new boy. We went to lunch at Le Grand Bistro de Breteuil, which is on the Place de Breteuil, a short walk from our apartment. Even though we had no reservation, we were seated quickly on “Le Terrasse” and enjoyed a fine meal together.
On the way back from lunch, we took a look at Les Invalides along the Boulevard de Breteuil.
We then walked to the Champ de Mars to see the sights and let the children play.
The next day was a school day, so our friends had to go home late in the afternoon. We had a good time as always. We meet each time we come to France, just as we would visit family at home.
Later in the week another friend drove to Paris from her house south of Paris. We had lunch at Le Florimond (Avenue de la Motte-Piquet) and she visited with us in the apartment.
We didn’t know it, but this unexpected apartment was to become our regular place in Paris.