This is the building. Look up... waaaaay up. We're on the very top floor.
This is our door. There is no number on the door; we just know we live between the Taj Mahal restaurant and the pizza place. One of many pizza places on the street, actually. We are in the Latin Quarter.
Those stairs! Sandi counted 106 of them. I don't know - I take them two at a time as if I were 20 years younger. My butt will be so toned by the end of August... provided I can continue to resist the lure of the crêpe.
The place is a typical Parisien apartment, meaning it is very small. This is the living room/dining room/my bedroom. I sleep on that sofa bed. It's quite comfortable. There's a sleeping "alcove" to the left of this picture with a double bed, where Sandi sleeps and where we store our clothes.
The view looking the other way (with me standing at the window). You can see our tiny little kitchen with the pink cupboards. Off to the right is the entry hall. There is a lot of furniture in this small space, some of it not very useful but charming nonetheless. I love this apartment.
On to the day's adventures...
We started out this morning with a trip to Notre-Dame de Paris. It is across the road from where we live. Everything (except Montmartre, which we will be visiting on Friday) seems to be within walking distance of the apartment. I chose our location well!
That's Sandi in her new green dress (bought on Boulevard Saint-Michel yesterday).
My camera does not take very good pictures in dark spaces.
After Notre-Dame, we went to the post office to mail postcards. Then we had to go back to the apartment to meet with the manager and pay her the rent. She was quite pleased to hear we hadn't used the other place at all and is going to see if she can get a bit of money back for us for the inconvenience of no hot water for 2 days.
After lunch, we headed on another exploration. I had a destination in mind to start: Shakespeare and Company bookstore, which I've read so much about on Kristin Espinasse's blog French Word-a-Day.
Very cool spot! Lots of reasonably-priced second-hand books (and some new), reading rooms upstairs, a piano to play (if one was able to play), a children's area. I would highly recommend a visit to this shop if you ever go to Paris. But, of course, another very narrow staircase to climb to get up to the second level.
After Shakespeare and Company we did what we enjoy most - we went strolling.
I succumbed to the temptation of a macaron:
Actually, one of my missions on this trip was to taste-test macarons. I bought these two at a nice little pâtisserie. I was a bit disappointed with the first bite of the chocolate (brown) one because it seemed so dry and crumbly. But once I got into the middle, Mamma Mia (oops, sorry - that's Italian). It was good. I've saved the pistachio macaron for tomorrow... but it might dry out. Hmmmm... maybe I'll eat it as a bedtime snack.
We wandered for quite a while, discovered new neighbourhoods, a new garden (useful to keep in mind for those days when we need to relax with a good book) and the Pantheon: