When Leo and I come to Paris, we
come to relax, enjoy being surrounded by the beautiful French language,
to learn more about French culture, and to appreciate the architectural
beauty, the art and the history of your beautiful capital. We have
always stayed very close to the "center", and when we weren't able to
find the apartment that we had our eye one (one from previous years),
and were recommended to stay in your apartment in Montparnasse, we said
"pourquoi pas?". Little did we know that we were in for the treat of
our lives. As you suggested, I started reading right away, and as much
as I could about the artists and writers that walked the streets of
Montparnasse, frequented the cafés, and lived here. Then we
arrived. Right away, as I got to know this lovely and very non-touristy
area, I could feel the presence of those great people from the past.
Every morning we strolled along the history-rich and beautiful streets
in the "quartier"... rue de la Grande Chaumière, rue du Fleurus,
rue de Notre-Dame-des-Champs, and more. We fell in love ! We are so
happy that what we had hoped for in the beginning did not work out,
because in the end, it did work out... in the best way possible. As for
the apartment, we also fell in love ! We loved the charm and character
of the building and the apartment, the fact that you provided us with
all that we needed, and the tranquility. We loved popping out of the
door each morning, going across to the boulangerie (the lady in there
is so nice), going to the Edgar Quinet markets on Wednesdays and
Saturdays, and catching ALL of the buses that you recommended, and
riding them all over the city. (What a great way to see Paris) What a
great apartment, and what a great location. We could not have asked for
And V..., the best part of all
is YOU. You were so warm, welcoming, and accommodating, and we LOVE
your sense of humor. I will always remember the first tour of the
neighborhood, walking by all of the shops and you giving them labels.
My favorite was: "Très Bon, Très Cher !". We said it
every time we walked by this shop, and this made us smile. I also can't
thank you enough for the second tour you gave me, introducing me to
some of the hidden gems of this corner of Montparnasse. I will never
forget this, and because of what you shared with me, Montparnasse will
always own a piece of our hearts. Finally, what you did for us when we
were in a bit of a bind last week, turning a scary situation into a
wonderful one... there are no words. Our stay here was magical. We love
your family- your mom, and we even got to meet P... ! (He is very
much like his mom !). Leo met M..., bit I never did. HE deserves the
biggest thanks of all, so please please tell him that we thank him from
the bottom of our hearts. Merci M...... you are the BEST.
To anyone who stays in this apartment, we have a few recommendations.
1. Have lunch at that Art
Macaron on 129 Montparnasse Blvd. V... PLEASE thank your mom for this
recommendation. It was by far the BEST BEST lunch we had in Paris.
Sadly, we didn't try until our last day... that is sad, because we
loved this experience.
2. Eat in the bistrot of Le
Closerie des Lilas. We had a wonderful meal here, and enjoyed the piano
bar so much. Our server showed us where Hemingway's favorite seat at
the bar was, and we sat there. It was lively and fun in this bistrot,
and the food was just delicious. We know that Hemingway's ghost (very
friendly, no worries!) was right there by our sides !
3. Go to the TOP of the Montparnasse tower at night. DO NOT MISS THIS !!! The view is unforgettable.
4. Do as V... advised- read up
on this area while you arâ here. If you don't have a book, maybe
V... will lend you one. Try to go, every day, down the street to le
Jardin du Luxembourg, probably one of the most gorgeous parks in the
world, and read a few chapters.
5. If you speak French, go see a
play at le Petit Théâtre Montparnasse. This is right down
the street, and such a charming and comfortable theatre. I enjoyed the
experience, and the streets were lively with theatre-goers, even at 11
at night. This was one of the highlights of my stay here.
Voila ! Our stay in
L'appartement La Coupole was wonderful and memorable, and we will take
home with us such unforgettable memories. Merci infiniment, V....
With thanks and warmest regards,