Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.
After being named runners-up in Go with Oh's Spring 2012 travel blogger competition, we were given the chance to spend three nights in any Go with Oh city last fall. We chose Paris because, although we've been there a combined four times now, we still feel like we have a lot of the city left to explore. And we can't say no to fresh baguette tradition every morning.
We were thrilled to stay in this converted artist's studio in Paris courtesy of Go with Oh. Located in Paris' 11th arrondissement, sandwiched between the Couronnes, Rue Saint-Maur, and Parmentier metro stations, it was the perfect home base during our Parisian holiday last September.
We really can't speak highly enough about our experience with All-Paris-Apartments.com, this flat and its owner Thierry (and not just because our stay was free). The only things that went wrong during our stay were our fault (we waited right outside the flat in the rain for half an hour to collect the keys, because we misunderstood Theirry's directions to collect them from his neighbour - inside the flat).
Apart from that hiccup, everything else went right. The apartment was stunning. Exposed stone walls, wrought iron details, original artworks and books galore. It was nothing short of dreamy.
Thierry was also kind enough to leave a detailed booklet with instructions, notes and photos about local attractions, good restaurants, the best local bakeries, transport, etc. And you could tell from the books on his shelves - art history, philosophy, history - that he would be a really interesting guy to have dinner with (maybe next time, Thierry?)
This flat comfortably sleeps four + kids*, and pets are allowed. It was fully equipped with everything we needed, and more, for a comfortable stay. Right down to spices, laundry detergent, a hair dryer and extra toiletries. There was also a Mac mini with WiFi for our use, a landline, and cable TV.
The only weird part? There was no door on the bathroom. But hey, c'est la vie.
We really felt like we were staying in a friend's home here; one that was lovingly outfitted with quirky, personal details, like an adorable barber's chair for a desk chair.
During our stay we also got a nice feel for what it might be like to live in Paris. The 11th isn't a particularly glamorous area; it is real Paris. But we think it's pretty cool.
Thank you to Sara and the team at Go with Oh, as well as our host Thierry, for a wonderful stay in Paris. If you're in the market for the perfect Parisian pad, check them out.
Up next: Pere Lachaise cemetery.
* FYI: it's also equipped with a crib and beautiful antique high chair.