Paris Q&A

We love our clients! Often times they are eager to share what they discovered about Paris and we thought it was time to share.

Meet Erin Hallet

How many times have you been to Paris?

I have been to Paris five times and I will return for a sixth time this coming April. My first trip was in 2003 when I backpacked alone through western Europe.
How many times have you stayed in an apartment?

I have only stayed in CobbleStay apartments. In 2010, my husband and I rented Paris vacation rental 026 and this past September we rented Paris vacation rental 018. We have booked Paris vacation rental 037 for April and intend to continue working our way through the CobbleStay list. Our favourite has been 026.

Top three reasons you like apartments over hotels?

Private.

Authentic.

Feels like home but better.


What area of Paris is your favorite and why?

The Left Bank, particularly Jardin du Luxembourg and shopping and eating in the boulevard St. Germain area.

There is nothing better than starting your day in Paris with a café crème and pain au chocolat in Jardin du Luxembourg, people watching and admiring the views of the city. There is so much life there and the energy and scene changes depending on the time of day.


When you stay in an apartment, do you cook? What is your favorite thing to prepare?
I rarely cook at home and unfortunately even Paris doesn’t inspire me to cook when I am there. However, my husband and I love shopping the markets for prepared food and then picnicking at the apartment. With 018, we loved being so close to the street market on Rue Mouffetard (roasted hams, turkeys, paella, cheeses) and we also bought a lot of food on Rue Cler. I finally got to try sausage from Davoli!  And of course, I love using the Nespresso machine in the apartment though it’s not technically cooking.


What place (restaurant, shop, museum) have you discovered in Paris that you would like to share?

The Laduré e at 75 avenue des Champs Elysées has a beautiful, Lewis-Carroll-esque bar hidden just beyond the throng of macaroon-crazed tourists that crowd the small, retail space and line for the tearoom. If you go early in the morning, the only other patrons are Parisian business men and women starting their day with hot chocolates and pastries. Order one of their breakfasts and get a delicious sampling of their pastries (viennoiseries), jam and some of the best coffee I have ever had in Paris.

You can read more about Erin on her blog, All Things Paris – The Fabulous Adventures of CountessLV and follow her on Twitter @EEParis

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