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Paris

Many of you won’t give a damn – and I don’t blame you, but just to put it on record this place (the apartment in Paris) is a little less than expected.

I was going to say ‘shithole’ but that would be unfair. We didn’t expect the best place in Gay Paree, we are on a budget (but at circa €600 for 5 nights it’s not THAT cheap) but it did look ‘okay’ on t’internet.

The apartment is tiny (expected) but so much of it is in disrepair that it’s not far short of uninhabitable. There’s a stink which, apparently, comes from a sewer problem in the apartment above (waiting for repair). The bathroom door doesn’t shut properly without dislodging the jamb – and we have to leave the fan on to help dissipate the stink (which comes from above here). No one knows how to work the microwave oven (no worries – we won’t use it), or the dishwasher (ditto) but the main oven doesn’t work either. We didn’t know this until we bought pizza to tide us by on evening number one (we’ll probably eat out other evenings). We had to clean the grubby surfaces, but that’s par for the course with many rentals (not all by a long chalk).

Only one set of bedside lights work and the wardrobe sliding doors cannot be used because (both) they have recently (sic) had a family with unruly kids staying. First of all – how a family fit in here, I don’t try to imagine and secondly – so get it fixed!! The lounge chairs are stained and there’s a hole in the wall (well a scratch in the paintwork) that the proprietor is reputed to have charged previous tenants €100 for. tschhh.

The area seems cool though, with lots of restaurants, boulangeries, shops and bars within really easy distance.

Continued here … http://dsugdenholidays.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/paris-saturday/

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