Train from Paris to Champagne

Underneath the town of Epernay, carved into the chalk rock, lie 100 kilometres of wine cellars. These dark and dusty caves are the temporary home of millions of bottles of champagne, waiting for their corks to be popped. We arrived from Paris in the middle of a rainy afternoon. On the way to our bnb on…

Food, Glorious Food in Place d’Aligre

Place d’Aligre is a food-lover’s paradise where lively vendors tout fragrant fruits, glorious greens and cheery flowers. The square is filled with the perfume of whatever is in season. During our recent visit, the sweet scent of the first strawberries, the zingy tang of asparagus and the earthy aroma of morilles, fresh from the ground,…

Taxes, Fees and Hidden Costs (The Boring Stuff)

When budgeting for an apartment in Paris, there is more than just the asking price to consider. I got together with Frank van Zelst, from ParisScarabee Househunters, to get the low-down on the extra costs associated with buying a property in the City of Lights. Frank advises that as a general rule of thumb, budget…

First Time Airbnb Host

From the Understanding Complainer to the Perfect Guest, meet some of the characters who have come to stay in my Little Piece of Paris.