La Vue De Notre Appartement

Day 28 #WorldWatercolorGroup La Vue De Notre Appartement Bicycle in Paris France

Today was really busy, and although I had plans to take a walk to find something to sketch, the only little bit of time I had available was in between plans. Not to be discouraged, I simply stepped outside the front door of the apartment we’ve rented for the trip and sketched what I saw. If you take a right and walk past this bicycle, you’ll find a couple of doors leading out to a busy street. But right here, in this little courtyard, it’s really quiet and you feel miles away from all of the noise and confusion. I really don’t like the crowded tourist areas here, but I promise I will try to make it to one before I leave so I can share something more iconic and recognizable. My inability to speak the language fluently is the only thing that makes me feel like a tourist. Otherwise, I’m quite content living amongst the locals and enjoying everyday life in Paris.

Even though I love all the food and access to things we simply can’t get back home, I do appreciate living in a less crowded city. Today, we took a long car ride with Philippe’s parents to get to a large Carrefour in the suburbs. The best way to describe this brand of store to other Americans is that it’s like a Walmart, only with lots of fabulous French champagne rather than shelves of cheap beer. Champagne happened to be the primary reason for our trip and the prices were indeed amazing. But sitting in the traffic and navigating the tiny narrow streets would make me crazy. So as magical as it all seems to be here on foot, the reality of living here can also seem a little less than appealing.

But right now, as I type this, the window is open, the weather is lovely and the atmosphere is really quiet. In this moment, I fall in love with Paris again and want to live here. Of course, in reality, we couldn’t possibly afford the fabulous place we’re borrowing via AirBnb. But that’s part of the magical feeling to these trips. We’re not just living in Paris, we get to live rather well for a brief period, and experience a lifestyle that’s more like a dream. A beautiful dream filled with fine champagne et chocolat, free from the stresses of work. It’s not our reality, but we get to borrow it for a little bit of time. Excited to be here and charmed by the view each time we step outside our little apartment.

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 Day 28 #WorldWatercolorGroup La Vue De Notre Appartement Bicycle in Paris France
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28 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    We’re not just living in Paris, we get to live rather well for a brief period, and experience a lifestyle that’s more like a dream. – a temporary enchantment – yep, that’s a vacation for you – glad you’re enjoying yours.

  2. Ahhh, I love that you are living that moment in Paris, are sharing the dream of champagne, chocolate etc. I agree crowds are horrid, but pleased to hear you can get away in your holiday hideaway 😀

    • Author

      Thanks, Rebecca! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been really wonderful to have a quiet place to retreat to after busy days. I’m an introvert, so need a little time alone to recharge in between socializing. 😊hehe

  3. Monique 1 year ago

    We live in a town of 5000 people.
    Paris is great to visit..
    But Provence and home..are much more us.

    • Author

      That sounds lovely, Monique! 😃💕 Yeah… visiting crowded cities is an interesting experience, and even though my home city is much larger than 5000, it still feels much smaller than this! hehe

  4. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Enjoying living that charmed life if only for a wee while. It all sounds sublime. Cheers!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 It’s so sublime! And even with all the walking and social plans, it’s been rather relaxing too!

  5. Jodi 1 year ago

    Oh Charlie So lovely!!! Enjoy❤️❤️❤️😉😉

  6. Anita 1 year ago

    Sounds like bliss! Airbnb is a wonderful way to travel! X

    • Author

      It totally is, Anita! 😃💕 This is the first time we’ve ever tried it, but it’s such a great deal and we found the perfect place to stay. Will definitely be doing it again!

  7. debiriley 1 year ago

    what a holiday! champagne, chocolates… lovely company so perfect for you guys – I spy that bike resting. ah so peacefully. and wonder about hopping on and going adventuring to the spectacular French villages. yes, in my dreams! have fun Charlie!!

    • Author

      Hehe… thanks, Debi! 😃💕 I finally sketched the bike because I had the same thought every time I pass it! Lol Soooooo tempting, but I’m sure the owner would not be pleased with my giving into impulse. 😊

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        that cracked me up! but, if you’d brought him back some wine bottles, weaving thru traffic, hehehe He may have forgiven you! 🙂 enjoy!

  8. Teri C 1 year ago

    Living in the moment is perfect and awesome. Love the sketch.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕 It was either the view outside or food again… hehe… haven’t had time to get out in the city and just sketch yet.

  9. Nancy 1 year ago

    A moment to remember for sure. Enjoy! Love you red bike. Something about it makes me happy. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the object but the possibilities of its location?

  10. Laurence 1 year ago

    Lovely watercolor ! Lovely places like “petit coin de province” in Paris. No noise, no people or less people, you push a door and suddenly you are in a garden or a yard with beautiful garden furniture… I like a lot walking in Paris and find those little paradises ! Like too the Rue Cremieux I think you must know !!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laurence! 😃 Yeah… it’s my favorite part of Paris… hidden Paris! hehe… love finding all the nice tiny gardens just off the busy streets. Actually… we hadn’t heard of Rue Cremieux, but I just looked at it on Google Maps and it looks lovely!! We’ll definitely try to visit! Thanks!

  11. Margriet Bierens 1 year ago

    Great Charlie your vacation and appartement; lucky that you have your OWN quiet place!
    Can imagine that you sometimes need the rest in this crowdy city.
    It really seems like a dream, a beautiful Paris dream!

    I am curious about the sketch but don’t see any?

    • Author

      Thanks, Margriet! 😃💕 It’s wonderful here. But you don’t see the sketch? That’s odd… it’s there as always! It’s always at the beginning of the post and then in the About The Doodlewash section if anyone wants to click to view it larger. Are you viewing it in the WordPress Reader or some other reader?

  12. Jacob 1 year ago

    A charmingly sunny doodlewash! And the nice red bicycle is like the key to the city… for when you’re running low on champagne and chocolate 😉 but what uplifting vibes we can glean from this simple snapshot. Inspiration literally on the doorstep!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃 Yeah… I totally want to hop on that bike and take it for a ride. It’s always there when we leave, so I’m not sure who uses it or when! Lol But even without a bike of our own, we’re having a fabulous time (thanks to the champagne and chocolat!)

  13. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Sounds wonderful Charlie!! 🍷😍👍 I apologize that I haven’t been commenting much lately. I’ve had to return to work in my hubby’s business and feeling a bit worn out in the evenings. So glad you are enjoying Paris! 💕💖 I’m reminded of the old TV commercial for bath oil and saying, “Calgone take me away!” Lol! 🗼🚲✈️

  14. Tom Merriman 1 year ago

    I’m pleased to read you’re enjoying things, Charlie! I got a feel of the place through your virtual courtyard, so quaint I must say, it’s all good! And you are, in a manner of speaking, next door – so I knew it would be anyway!
    Have a great weekend!

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