I’m back home in Fort Lauderdale for a quick hello! Adam and I leave for Portland tomorrow, but it feels good to be home even if it’s only for a minute.
I’m working on my pictures from the trip and have processed a few from our first day in Paris!
Thanks to AirBNB we were able to stay in an apartment just 200 feet off of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées for a fraction of the price of a hotel in the same area.
The apartment was small — think studio apartment in NYC size — but really nice!
The staircase was a bit tricky to navigate as the steps are not quite even! They are pretty to look at but after a couple of glasses of wine one might experience some serious difficulties getting up or down! Not that I know from personal experience or anything!
The loft style bedroom upstairs was interesting for Adam, who at 6’4″ could not stand up straight! I thought it added to the charm of the apartment, Adam thought it was a bit annoying : )
I loved that the weather was perfect so that we were able to sleep with the windows open! That’s not something that we could EVER do back home.
I guess because of the good location so close to the Champs-Élysées the tiny apartment rents out at over $3,500 USD per month! How crazy is that for a 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom studio style apartment?! Just a bit crazy!
The avenue itself is 1.9 kilometers long (1.18 miles) and full of expensive shops and restaurants.
In my personal opinion, the biggest benefit of staying on the Champs-Élysées is that you’re just a stone’s throw away (or in my case, a very short run) from the Arc de Triomphe.
The arc was built between 1806 and 1836 in honor of those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars.
I wish I could have gotten a better picture of the arc but unfortunately there is so much traffic near it that this was the best I could do without risking my life for a better angle. It really is a gorgeous piece of art and quite stunning in person. My picture does not do it justice!
After recovering from jet lag and exploring the Champs-Élysées on Day 1, Adam and I woke up on Day 2 ready to take on some serious sight seeing in the rest of the city!
You might know this little tower?
But I’ll have to save all the sightseeing for another post because I’ve got to pack for Portland.
In case you didn’t know, I’M RUNNING THE PORTLAND MARATHON THIS SUNDAY!
Have you ever been to Paris? If so, what was your favorite thing to do/see/eat/drink?