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Unexpected Trouble

Today I thought I’d be strolling through Paris, running a few errands here and there and just enjoying the city. Perhaps even taking a photo or two for you to see! Oh how wrong you can be…

When I arrived at the apartment I had rented in St Germain (and that I had been dreaming about for almost six months now) yesterday I discovered that the apartment was in the worst condition ever. The smell of mildew hit you in the face as soon as you stepped inside, the bathroom looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in over a century, there were holes in the walls and the paint was chipping off on almost every single wall in the place. Yes, I panicked.

During two days now, while taking in at a hotel in Paris I’ve desperately been running around town, looking for a place to stay and trying to get a hold of a million people, who apparently all are on holiday at the moment. Now I’ve found a little apartment in the 5th arrondissement that I can stay in for a month. Thank god! Then it’s back to panicking again. Let’s just say that this wasn’t exactly what I had planned for myself.

So my (fun) Parisian adventure has been on hold for a little while. I hope you understand and can look forward to many more updates about life in Paris once I’ve settled in and taken care of a few things. Cross your fingers for me!

  1. Vanessa    January 3, 2013

    I feel so sorry for you being under such circumstances!Fortunately,you have found a place to stay for now…As far as I can remember you’ve rented this apartment through a Parisian agency on the Internet,right?Did you contact them and tell them about the condition of the apartment?…I hope you can find a way to enjoy your first days in Paris despite this terrible experience…

    Sending you hugs and lots of strength!Bon courage!xx

  2. Darina    January 3, 2013

    So sorry to read about this! I was thinking of you how you was discovering your apartment because you was dreaming for months about your move! I hope you will find a new nice and clean apartement soon! Crossing fingers for you! Xx

  3. Oh no! What a catastrophe. I’m so, so sorry to hear that. Best of luck with getting settled again, and yes, bon courage indeed.

  4. Glad to hear that you have been able to find an alternative to take a breath for a moment & i am sure that you will find a permanent spot that will be everything that other place was supposed to be and more…i look forward to following along on your adventure

  5. willsheloveparis    January 3, 2013

    You are kidding!! Oh that is so horrible, I’m so sorry this had to happen to you:( good thing you found one for a month and plus you’re in my hood bebe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you find that first one from an agency?

    • I know ๐Ÿ™ Really annoying! Haha I know, that was the first thing I thought of ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, I found the first one from an agency. Now they’ve helped me with this one that I’m renting for one month as well. They’ve been really kind but annoying to run into this kind of problem!

  6. The Stylist    January 3, 2013

    that’s terrible! hope you sort this out as soon as possible and find your dream apartment. good luck!

  7. Charlotte    January 3, 2013

    Cannot believe this happened, and that I commented ‘welcome home’ this morning. I hope that despite all this trouble you are able to see that Paris is still your home. And maybe for the time being, you can look at your apartment as a place to stay instead of a home. I hope things will become better for you soon. But because a little support is always welcome, (again) a quote, because I always feel it somehow helps: A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor!

  8. Wendy A.    January 4, 2013

    Stay Strong girl!
    And as always patience will test you don’t let it win!
    I have to say your blog gives me a break from working when I need it the most, it’s very relaxing to look at your flawless pictures and lovely words.
    Love from Mexico.

  9. Tiffany @ Savor Home    January 4, 2013

    Oh no! Usually things like this happen for a reason and ultimately lead you to the place you were destined to be. I recently found your blog and it is GORGEOUS! Your photos are gorgeous and I love how you are following your dream. I look forward to following along!

  10. Fingers crossed!! Hope you find your new Parisian home soon!

  11. CmbDove    January 4, 2013

    Oh No! Keep your spirits up. A better place is right around the corner and you’ll be glad this happened! Still Loving your Blog, even though I haven’t commented in a while. Wishing you lots of luck… that I can read about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. ammu    January 4, 2013

    Am so sorry to hear abut this! Fngers crossed you will find your dream apartment soon and begin to enjoy your Paris sojourn. A xoxo

  13. Fingers crossed for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck and hope you can resume your Parisian adventures soon

  14. I’m so sorry to hear that, hun. I’m in the middle of apartment hunting in Paris myself and it’s always a nightmare. Saw 6 apartments yesterday – all of which had something horrifically wrong with them – and it was depressing. It’s an exhausting process so it’s important to be selective in what you choose to see, and to make sure you have as much info as possible before you go and take the time to see a place! I’m hassling agents for more “visuels” and specific information before I organise une visite de l’appartement. Ah well… I have a bit of a break as I head to Barcelona today and will be back only on Monday night to recommence my dreaded apartment hunt!



  15. Conny    January 4, 2013

    Oh now, sounds horrible! Hope you find a nice place to stay soon. Fingers crossed!

  16. UshaJoy    January 4, 2013

    Oh goodness, when I said have fun on your adventure, I didn’t mean this kind! At least you have a place to stay for a month. Good luck with the search and don’t panic!

  17. Aprรจs New York Blog    January 4, 2013

    Oh no! Let me know if you need a real estate agent. The one we used for our apartment helped our expat friends find an apartment too.


  18. apatheia    January 4, 2013

    Good luck! x

  19. Freida Haoui    January 5, 2013

    That’s so unfortunate. Sorry to hear that, but at least you found a place to live for now and you will surely find a great appartement, that you will love. Good luck with that.
    It can now only can better!

  20. Sad to hear about your problems… My first year in Paris I moved 5 times, so I can relate to how difficult it is to find a nice apartment. One of the apartments I rented was moldy too… ๐Ÿ™ I would say that the biggest shock for me when I moved to France from Norway was that French people do have another approach to interior than Scandinavians. They use far far less money and time on furniture and redecorating than Scandinavians, and this even applies to rich people in Paris West(!)… I had to lower my standards a lot, but with time I’m happy I “settled for less” because Paris is the most beautiful city in Europe, so it more tempting to spend time outside anyway… If you should become “desperate” for a place to stay, you can e-mail me if you want. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

    • Oh really? That’s a lot! Yes, you’re absolutely right. It’s a whole other standard over here and that’s also quite hard to get used to… Thank you so so much for your offer, that’s so sweet of you!

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