We were warned……..”If you’re staying in an older apartment near the city centre of Paris be prepared for stairs, many stairs in a narrow stair well.” a good friend informed us well before we booked our accommodation in Paris. It had to be within walking distance from train station and walking distance to all the major tourist landmarks. Luckily Paris is a walking friendly city as long as you have good navigation. All those tiny side streets and ally ways could throw you off your tracks. Thank God for Google Maps. 🙂 Anyway back to those stairs. We were travelling with one larger rolling suitcase (weighing no more than 20kgs) and one smaller rolling suitcase (weighing no more than 7kg) each. Now wheels are great on flat surfaces, cumbersome on cobble stones, are an arch enemy to chewing gum but are useless when it comes to stairs. Being a liberal free thinking modern man and wanting to support equality of the sexes I offered, my wife Dianne, the chance to carry her own bags up the 3 flights of stairs to reception and the further 2 flights to our room. This went down like a lead ballon. My legs felt like lead by the time I carried the 40kgs of luggage. Next time we travel, we’re backpacking baby.
What I loved about Paris is the night life. It was mid week and people were still meeting at restaurants and cafe’s through out the night. Just stepping out onto our balcony I had this beautiful scene before me.