Living in Paris: A September to Remember

Call me lucky. Call me crazy. Call me whatever you’d like. But for the month of September, this Francophile is living in Paris. Yep, ladies and gentlemen, right this very minute I’m nestled in the sweet bosom of Paris, my favorite city in the world.

“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.”–Amy Thomas

Paris Notre Dame 10

This is my fourth time in the City of Light in 2014 alone, and I decided that my next trip needed to be an extended one. A few days or even a week wouldn’t do. Honestly, I doubt a month will even be sufficient, but it’s a good start. I suppose it’s a belated 40th birthday present to myself, but really, I would have jumped at this opportunity in any instance. I’ve coveted living in Paris ever since I first visited in 2012. I’ve returned to the city numerous times since that first trip, and each time I found myself more enamored than I ever believed possible.

“There was no experience, I thought, quite as wonderful as being an American in Paris.”–Ann Mah

For me, my love for Paris isn’t about the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, Notre Dame, or any other noteworthy site. Rather, it’s the invigoration I feel from walking the narrow streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, people watching in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and simply discovering a new arrondissement. So what exactly will I do with my September in Paris? Anything. Everything. Nothing.

“I know so much is going to happen here, but I just don’t know how. It feels like Paris is full of so many adventures just waiting to be had.”–Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Living in Paris Apartment2

For this month of living in Paris, I’ve partnered with Paris Attitude, an apartment rental company specializing in the city. I have over 40 square meters, which is quite spacious by Parisian standards. In sifting through the thousands of Paris Attitude apartments, I had three requests: WiFi, a washing machine, and a one bedroom with an actual bed {rather than a futon}. In this sweet pad, I got all that and more.

Living in Paris Apartment1

First off, there’s an ELEVATOR. If you’ve ever rented an apartment in Europe, you know exactly how precious of an amenity that is, especially when loaded down with my massive luggage. Secondly, there’s a shower large enough that I don’t have to be double jointed in order to shave my legs. You may laugh, but the quality of my showering experience is something I cherish. Thirdly, there’s an actual kitchen, complete with an oven. Now, I don’t cook on a regular basis, but who’s to say I won’t try my hand at making macarons again? At least I have the option in this apartment. And lastly, I’m very close to two metro stations: Grands Boulevards and Bonne Nouvelle. I love Paris in the rain, but there’s nothing that puts a damper on a good time like an unexpected soaking on the way to the subway. As they say, it’s all about location, location, location.

Living in Paris Apartment3

“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.”–F. Scott Fitzgerald

Merci, y’all!

While in the City of Light, I am a guest of Paris Attitude. If you’d like more information on renting apartments in Paris, please visit their website.

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  • rebecca
    September 2, 2014

    What can I say but jealous!!! so so soooo jealous! I have always wanted to live in Paris, I really look forward to reading your blog posts about it… about the local life, the culture, the grocery shopping and general life type-like things of Paris! Your going to have such a great time! Glad to know about this apartment company as I always worried about the struggles of getting a house in Paris, I hear its pretty strict.

    Ps: you totally don’t look 40!

  • Edna
    September 2, 2014

    I still remember meeting you in Paris in March and you talking about wanting to live here and wondering if you’d do it this year — so nice to see you are! Enjoy and bonne chance!

  • Fiona
    September 2, 2014

    Hi Leah, I was in Paris 2 weeks ago and stayed in a loft apartment in the 1st, right on Rue Cambon (at the Concorde metro stop). Just today I was daydreaming about what it would be like to live there. Very envious. Enjoy your month in Paris. Looking forward to all your updates:)

  • Vid
    September 2, 2014

    Oh Leah !

    We are so jealous 🙂 But we also know how much you love Paris so are really happy for you. Look forward to your pictures and updates.

    Have a great time and do not forget to go to Rue du Montparnasse for the best crepes in the world . If you are up for it, you should also go to the top of Montparnasse tower for a great view of Paris 🙂

    Have a great time

  • Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal
    September 2, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoy following your travels to Paris! I have not had the privilege of visiting this entrancing area of our world so I’ll live vicariously through this month. Very fun and what a great apartment you’ve acquired for your stay. My first response when reading you would have the luxury of an elevator… “sweet”! I had plenty of stairs to contend with during my trip in Italy and even with a small amount of luggage they can be extremely tiring. Enjoy your time!

  • Henry | @fotoeins
    September 2, 2014

    Fantastic, Leah! I’m very pleased for you – enjoy your month in that beautiful apartment, and I look forward to reading about your discoveries in the even slower time you’ll now have in Paris. 🙂

  • Cathy Sweeney
    September 2, 2014

    Oh, Leah! What a fabulous experience you are about to have. I would LOVE to do the same. The apartment looks perfect.I just had a birthday and turned an age that ends in “0”, too. Maybe I should give a birthday present to myself. You’ve got me thinking.

  • Jack
    September 2, 2014

    I lived in St-Germain-des-Pres for 6 months in 2011, and it was amazing! If you’re wandering around there, there is a fantastic sushi place in the Rue de Bac, just south of Blvd. St Germain. Enjoy your stay!

  • Clare
    September 2, 2014

    A whole month in Paris? Le sigh…
    I hope you have a truly wonderful time just being there. Personally, I am desperate to return. Especially since I had to cancel my plans for a Parisian apartment stay this year (I was in the midst of the morning sickness phase of pregnancy and just couldn’t face boarding a plane). Paris isn’t going anywhere though. And considering I’ve just been reading the rather entertaining “French Children Don’t Throw Food”, I’ve already decided that the baby will need a Paris injection!

  • Traveling Ted
    September 2, 2014

    Très bien. It is great you have enough room in the shower. I do not and is why my legs remain hairy. I just got back from Ontario, Canada and the mere thought of a lack of wi-fi brings me to near tears.

  • Jenna
    September 2, 2014

    This is so exciting! I love spending a longer period of time in one city. Definitely my preferred style of travel, and how wonderful for you that you get to do that in one of the world’s finest cities. I’m going to Paris next year and would love to hear more about your experience with Paris Attitude.

  • Cacinda Maloney
    September 2, 2014

    Leah, Leah, Leah! So glad you are in the city of love, to engulf you and pamper you. It will be a time of reflection, and who knows what else? Enjoy it as much as you can.

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    September 3, 2014

    So exciting Leah – that apartment sounds so lush for a city location and you look so beautiful in that first photo 🙂 Enjoy yourself!

  • Kieu
    September 3, 2014

    Aww happy belated birthday gift indeed, Leah! I envy you– Paris is one of my favorite places too. That apartment looks lush. Will need to keep in mind if when we return some day. Enjoy your September to remember!

  • Marsha
    September 3, 2014

    I finally visited Paris two years ago and I was so impressed with the city. It sounds wonderful you are staying there for the month. And that little apartment looks great; perfect! I’ve love to visit again and stay longer. Have fun!

  • Priscilla
    September 4, 2014

    It’s definitely going to be a September to remember in Paris for your birthday! My time is coming to a close here. Off to Italy tomorrow, but I will see you in Paris soon for a celebratory night of both our big birthdays!

  • Penny Sadler
    September 4, 2014

    Yes! I’ll come just say when! 🙂

  • HotMamaTravel
    September 4, 2014

    Sounds like it is going to be glorious month. In middle school I used to fantasize about running away to Paris. I even had a print out of all the local restaurants.

  • Craig Zabransky
    September 7, 2014

    Sweet….a Happy Birthday to you…. and what a way to spend it…. Stay a Fracophile, Craig
    Ps – tell Lionel, I said hello.

  • Lance | Trips By Lance
    September 8, 2014

    That looks like a great apartment. We stayed in an apartment on our last visit to the city, but not fortunate to have an elevator. Good for you on that front. Enjoy your time.

  • the tales of a traveler
    September 9, 2014

    entire month in paris ……..sounds amazing , wish we could do that too 🙁

    Have an amazing time …

  • Alana - Paper Planes
    September 16, 2014

    Jealous! Though I bet it will be difficult leaving after the month is up…. 😉

    • Leah Walker
      October 13, 2014

      Difficult is an understatement…

  • Nizpants
    October 4, 2014

    Wow I am so Jealous. You are living my dream!!

    • Leah Walker
      October 13, 2014

      I’m living my dream. I hope you can turn your dream into reality soon.

  • Yeoh loon
    October 22, 2014


    The apartment that u stayed at Paris look charming. Can I get the address of the apartment that u stayed at Paris ?



  • Rich - RichyFeet
    November 4, 2014

    Love Paris! I spent 7 months there myself and loved it!

    • Leah Walker
      November 17, 2014

      It’s the best place in the world, in my opinion. 🙂

  • Amanda
    January 20, 2015

    Leah that really sounds like tremendous fun – and the apartment looks fantastic. I have travelled a fair amount over the years and always found the experience was most memorable and intense when I’ve stopped for some weeks in a place. Not only do you get to see far more of it, but it starts to take on a degree of familiarity and comfort. It’s nice to really feel you’ve a had a chance to *really* get to know a place and it’s people.


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