Ma Maison Paris

Ma Maison Paris

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My sister found this place, negotiated a great deal. It’s perfect. My home away from home is situated in the 4th arrondissement, Le Marais, known for its skinny streets, bustling cafés and shops – and is described as a somewhat congested neighborhood.

‘Congested speaks to me. In my mind, it means ‘electric.’

From what I read, it appears that Sundays are probably when the Marais is at its liveliest as it’s almost the only spot in Paris that’s open for shopping.

One blogger reports, “One of my favorite cafe in the neighborhood is Le Loir dans le Theiere, rue des rosiers, where you can sink into the sofas or armchairs and eat fabulous pastries.”

Another says, “Le Progres, very traditional bar and cafe has a great terrace and is so perfect for a coffee and croissant in the morning.”

It only gets better, “. . . you’ll find a burgeoning daily flower market, where you can buy just about any type of flower, and oddly enough a range of exotic tropical birds.”

The crown jewel of this arrondissement – the Renaissance square of Place des Vosges – was built by Henry IV. You may remember him as the King who had a wife plus a mistress who bore him three kids. Guess he had to build something large enough to keep them separated.

The 4th was once the jewel of the city. It went downhill and not until the 1960s, when I guess the hippies moved back in, did it become hip. Now it’s considered the center of Parisian artistic and cultural life.

BHV, Paris department store situated in the 4th

The apartment is described as, “Newly re-decorated, next to the elegant Place de Voges, perched on the 7th floor of a splendid Parisian building with an elevator. Luminous with stunning views of all the major monuments in Paris.  . . . washer, fridge, deep-freezer, micro-wave, boiler, coffee machine, hair-dryer and a fully equipped kitchen.” Hopefully the internet speed is good.

Guest reviews say:

“5 out of 5 stars,”


Idéalement situé, vue imprenable !

But this is the best:

“Great views from the windows, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Damn, La Defense, the list goes on!”

Must have had a bad day in the confessional.

43 more days.

  • Michele Stapleton
    Posted at 21:44h, 17 July

    Notre Damn. Tee, hee, hee.

  • TrudyMWilson
    Posted at 22:34h, 17 July

    I AM SO JEALOUS!!! Take the new purse. I can see you now walking the narrow streets with a baquette (sp) and flowers sticking out!!!!

  • Mary Montague Dodge
    Posted at 23:23h, 17 July

    Dear Lisa,
    This sounds spectacular! Have a grand time and keep us all posted!

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 01:57h, 18 July

      Oh, stick with me Mary. I plan to put up one blog post per day while there so I can journal my trip.

  • Sally
    Posted at 23:35h, 17 July

    OMG I want to be in your suitcase!

  • Georganne
    Posted at 01:47h, 18 July

    I want to CARRY your suitcase!!!! 🙂

  • lisaweldon
    Posted at 01:56h, 18 July

    Oh, damn, that reminds me. I’ve got to figure out the suitcase situation. I don’t have one with wheels and my last trip was hell lugging it through the streets of NYC.

  • lisaweldon
    Posted at 02:03h, 18 July

    “. . . you’ll find a burgeoning daily flower market . . .”

    When in NYC last summer, I would treat myself to a small bouquet of flowers each week. Right down the street, early on Saturday mornings, a fresh market would set up. One vendor brought fresh flowers. That was my treat. I love fresh flowers just about better than food.

  • Lynne
    Posted at 22:41h, 18 July

    Oh I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read all of your posts!!

  • Hensley
    Posted at 08:05h, 31 August

    Do you mind sharing information about where you’re living. I’m currently an exchange student at Science Po, and I am looking for inexpensive housing but with REALLY great location – like Le Marais.
    Advice/how did your sister negotiate?

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 05:19h, 01 September

      go to and type in LeMarais. Then enter your price range, the dates you want to stay, etc. There are lots in this area. I would highly recommend it. There are young students everywhere. my sister prefers Enter the same info and you can sort them by price and area and # of people it sleeps. One of her favorite apartments in HomeAway is on Ile St. Louis – it’s tiny, but a wonderful location.

      • Hensley
        Posted at 06:43h, 01 September

        THANK YOU