Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Where are we staying?

When we booked our trip last fall, we had to make a decision on where to stay in Paris.

Hotels would be too expensive for such a long stay so apartment rental was the best choice.

After searching several Paris apartment rental sites, we decided Paris Attitude offered the best selection for what we were looking for:

1. 2 bedrooms 2 bath (so we could host visitors)
2. Central Paris (preferable in 5th or 6th arrondissements)
3. Under $10,000 for the 3 months

We selected this one located at 22 Rue Henri Barbusse (right on the edge of 5th arrondissement adjacent to 6th):


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By American standards it is quite small (about 1000 sf) but looked cute and clean and was in the perfect location.

We had to pay half first month's rent up front (along with fee to Paris Attitude for half a month rent also!) with second half and security deposit due on arrival, with remaining months due at the beginning of each month.

French law also requires renter's insurance although the fee was modest (less than 100 Euros).

We currently have 4 different groups scheduled to visit, 2 for one week and 2 for 2 weeks (although they may spend some of that time traveling other parts of France). This will leave Amanda and I 2.5 weeks at the beginning to ourselves and 2.5 weeks at the end with 6 weeks of visitors in the middle.

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