Where we stayed:

As I write this, we’ve been home for nearly a week and finally getting back to the “normal”routine. All I can say is…Wow. After years of dreaming, saving , planning, we fianlly did it! It went by so fast, I feel like I could have dreamed it. Then I saw the Visa bill…yes, it really happenend, and worth every penny! We had intended to blog all thirteen days of our trip, but spotty wifi and a jam-packed travel schedule got in the way. We will try to summarize our experiences and include some of the most memorable sites and side trips, add some favorite pics, and share what might be done differently the next time we go to France, or Europe in general. Oh yes, there will be a next time!

Week One Accomodations: The first week of our stay was spent at the Chic Suites Elegant Louvre Russeau (featured in above pic) in an adorable and very Parisian apartment. We booked this unit through Expedia, situated in a historical building on the fourth floor, at what we agreed was a very reasonable rate. We had no idea the value of this little gem until we got there; we spent seven nights, and I’d have been happy to have stayed longer.

*Location: Outstanding, within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, sites, shops and public transportation.

*Ammenities: Entirely spotless with well equiped kitchen, bathroom with double sinks, quality bedding, washer/dryer combo (more on that later), working elevater (tiny but functional for two) and secure entrance with punchcode. With the exception of a birthday party one floor above us on our last night there, the complex was extremely quiet. The apartment overlooks a courtyard, there is no balcony, but large windows provide plenty of light. Close the blackout curtains, and voila, complete darkness. Another bonus was all the well thought out extras that were provided, including two electrical converters (absolute life savers since the one I brought did not work). Wifi in the building was adequate, even though it’s not the speed we’re used to. Though not alot of square footage, there was room to get around, and we each had our own private sleeping area and closet space.

I left a glowing review on Expedia and I plan to do the same on Trip Advisor. For the price we paid, I’ll give it five stars! We agreed we would definately stay here again, either on a solo trip or with a traveling companion. A couple could easily stay here with one or two small children, but a third adult would make the space pretty tight.

Week Two Accomodations: We stayed one night at the Hilton in Brussels near the train station. I’ll let Donna elaborate on this one.

The following four nights were spent at the Hotel de Banville in the 17th arr. This was the hotel we originally booked in 2019, months before Covid cancelled our March 2020 trip. Banville was an independent boutique hotel when we booked, but it was bought by a chain in 2020 and received a very nice remodel during the few months they were closed. The management was kind to credit our payment from our original booking with Orbitz, but our credit ended up covering four nights, not seven. Plus, we owed an additional $100 euros at check out. But no matter. The room we ended up with was charming, with two comfy, oversized twin beds and a very nicely remodeled bathroom. However, it was quite small, particularly after spending a week in what now seemed like a relatively spacious apartment. The location had more of a neighborhood feel, plenty of conveniences nearby. We especially appreciated the proximity to the subway station, which was only about a two minute walk. I’m glad we got to experience another Paris neighborhood for several days, and I’d certainly stay here again while making a Paris pitstop!

Next subject entry – Eating and Drinking- Coming Soon!