How to Enjoy Your First Time in Paris

Google a weekend in Paris and you’ll get page after page of itineraries, top-10s, must-see’s and do-not-leave-Paris-without’s. Scrap those. Don’t exhaust yourself trying to see and do it all with a million other tourists for company. Go to Paris just to be there. Stroll its streets, sit in its cafes and soak up its atmosphere. You’ll be…

Renting Out on Airbnb – Is it Legal?

Letting out holiday apartments is big business in Paris, but is it legal? The papers are full of the airbnb controversy at the moment, questioning how to control the buy-to-let market and ensure that there is enough affordable accommodation for people living in the city. So what does that mean for us–people who own a…

Paris Picks – Baffo

This tiny restaurant, tucked away on a small street just off Rue Rambuteau, offers uncomplicated, grown-up Italian dining. Head to Baffo for its intimate atmosphere, sophisticated home cooking and friendly service. Don’t be misled: although this neighbourhood restaurant is casual and welcoming, serving up instantly recognizable Italian staples, there isn’t a checkered tablecloth in sight….

Paris in Pictures 2016

In many ways, 2016 has been a shocker. It has been a political shit storm that has whipped up an increase in violence, racism and intolerance that makes us genuinely worried about the future. Writing a Little Piece of Paris is like keeping a diary that (I know, I’m so clichéd, I can hardly bear it)…

The Cost of the Keys to Paris

After years of living in Oslo and then paying the insanely high square-metre price for an apartment in Paris, I thought there was very little (cost-wise) that could shock me. I once paid €18 for a glass (not bottle) of house wine in a piazza in Venice. In Oslo, I regularly fork out the equivalent…

Find That Real Christmas Feeling in Paris

Rumour has it that 150,000 lights make up the Christmas decorations on Champs-Élysées. Glitzy department stores compete for the most original window display. But to get that real Christmas feeling, skip the boulevards and head to the small streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, le Marais and Montmartre. There, independent shops deck their doorways with holly and pine….

Pros and Cons of Buying in the Marais

When people ask where in Paris our apartment is, I know they probably won’t recognise the majority of addresses, but the chance of recognition is higher when you say, do you know the Marais?  East bank, across the river from Notre Dame?  Home of Place de Vosges and the Picasso Museum? No? The old Jewish…

5 People You Need for Your Paris Property Hunt

Once you have your heart set on buying your own place in Paris, there are five key people you need to help you to realise your dream. 1. A Property Finder It’s not that we couldn’t have made our Paris dream come true on our own, but the process would have been so laborious, stressful…

First Impressions? Who Cares, It’ll Sell Anyway.

Want to sell your home at a great price? Make sure it sparkles. Tidy it from top to bottom, get rid of clutter, fill it with fresh flowers and brew a pot of coffee. Sell a lifestyle others aspire to be part of. That’s what real estate agents, lifestyle TV, magazines and blogs tell you to do…

Paris Picks – Le Bouquet des Archives

Le Bouquet des Archives is a quintessential neighbourhood bar where good quality plats du jour are hurried out to a devoted crowd of locals, workers and the odd stray tourist by efficient and friendly (well, as friendly as efficiency will allow) staff. As is typical of most local cafes in Paris, many who frequent this bustling bar are regulars. I…

Don’t be Scared of Going to Paris

These days, I often get asked if I feel safe in Paris. The city is on high terror alert but I force myself to think rationally. The attacks in Paris targeted our freedom and I sit firmly in the camp that believes that if we give in to fear, the terrorists have won. Of course I was…

A Little Piece of Paris – One Year On

We bought our little piece of Paris in April 2015. We got the keys in June and spent our first night there on a blow-up mattress on the floor. In November we finished the renovation and were able to start using it properly. That is what I consider to be our real anniversary. One year on and there are no regrets. There…