On Loan: Paris Pied-à-Terre With Gardens

September 9, 2011 by

A friend of a friend offered to let me stay in her stylish little Paris apartment and who was I to refuse. But no one mentioned that the petit gem was flanked on either side by terraces–one in the back with its natural canopy of vines, and one in front overlooking the rooftops of Paris. Moments after my arrival, the welcoming party arrived in the form of a well fed cat who let himself in through the open terrace door.

A small bistro table and chairs where I plan to enjoy tomorrow’s breakfast on the back terrace, shaded by the arbor’s overhead vines.

Gazing out the kitchen window while I was making myself a cup of coffee, I realized I was staring at the top of the Eiffel Tower. After dark, I was treated to the tower’s night time flashing light show. A view with a room.


The top of the Eiffel Tower peeks over the rooftops visible from kitchen window.

In an effort to fend off jet lag, I explored the neighborhood this afternoon and picked up some essentials including my favorite cheese (Caprice des Dieux), a baguette, a chocolate eclair, and a bottle of well-priced Rosé from Bandol.


Roses at the neighborhood florist.

Dinner in and early to bed as tomorrow I head to the Maison et Objet Outdoor/Indoor design fair to check out the new hot trends.

Goodnight Paris, see you in the morning.

  • Georgia (local ecologist)

    What did you read/are you reading for this trip?

  • http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com Kylee from Our Little Acre

    Don’t let your laptop out of your sight. LOL.

  • http://gardenbytes.com Ellen Spector Platt

    Does your friend-of-a-friend want to trade for a lovely apt. in NYC with a roof garden?

  • http://www.moonpr.com Nancy

    Robin, you go on so many beautiful trips. What a lovely Paris garden apartment! Lucky you.

  • https://www.gardenyourcity.com Barbara

    Have fun. Do leave them a note to transplant those shrubs planted in window boxes!

  • http://www.gardenbytes.com Ellen Zachos

    OMG, why would you ever come home?

  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    Georgia, I used to live in Paris so I know the city pretty well. I go online to see what’s going on there, but mostly I just explore when I am there!

  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    Ellen, she doesn’t formally rent out the apartment, but if you are planning to go, I can always ask.

  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    Kylee, I managed to make it through the whole trip without losing anything! Yeah!

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