PARIS WITH MY DAUGHTER
Interested in the apartment and ready to book, I checked the terms of engagement. In 2005, the apartment was 100 euros a night and it asked that I send a deposit cheque for a thousand Australian dollars to secure it. This, the landlord spelled out, would not be banked, rather he would meet us at the apartment and we would pay for our entire stay in cash and the cheque would be returned. And it all worked.
We rang our landlord as instructed and a couple of hours later, he arrived. Observing the street, I wondered where he would park. He arrived on a BMW bike which he parked at the front door.
Brisk, welcoming and helpful, Thierry gave us a quick tour of the appliances, assured us he would be there straight away if anything went wrong, handed us a list of nearby shops, cafes and museums and roared off into the middle distance.
A day later, we decided that instead of having the heater on full at night, we would ask for another blanket. We emailed Thierry one evening, the blanket was delivered, neatly wrapped in cellophane, by the time we came home the next day. It happened to be New Year’s Eve. I emailed to thank him. ‘A pleasure, Jane,’ he wrote. ‘Let’s take fun!’
And we did!
Website for the apartment: www.parisbestlodge.com
© Jane Sandilands 2005