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I want to introduce you to my favourite landlady — ever.

This is  Mme. Dominque Carrez who very kindly rented her lovely Paris apartment to me in September.


Dominique, my landlady!


Under French law, homeowners in certain districts of Paris can rent their residence for no more than 120 days a year, and so Dominique rents her Paris apartment from May to October while she spends the summer at her country home, which is two and a half hours southeast near Vézelay in what is known as the Bourgogne|Burgundy area of France.

And what a grand residence that is!


Dominque’s ancestral family home in Bourgogne!

An Estate in Burgundy

Val En Sel, as it is called, is a charming eighteenth century manor surrounded by extensive gardens listed among the top luxury private gardens of France.


Val en Sel’s rose gardens


Dominique tends to the gardens six months of the year.


Gardening is Dominique’s passion and she loves to share it with visitors. In addition to the 15 rooms that Dominique and her family share, she runs a B&B with the additional rooms at the manor. Here is the link: Val En Sel,

Guess what I will be doing someday soon!

The Paris Apartments

Back in Paris, Dominique’s apartment is none too shabby either.


That window at the very very top of the building on the right is where the apartment is located.


The living room area

It is a very comfortable two bedroom in the 9th arrondissement, which is very quickly becoming my favourite new neighbourhood in Paris. The apartment is about 900 square feet with a spacious living room and an eclectic display of art.



It’s also on the top floor of a seven-story building. Thankfully there is an elevator to the sixth, then you walk up the last floor and wend around, actually going outside onto a balcony before heading back inside to the long narrow hallway that arrives at the apartment door. It is sandwiched between two doors on either side to other apartments. Soooo Paris!

Once inside, the place opens up with six windows facing south and west providing more light than I could have dreamed of.

AND, guess what the rental company failed to mention? That every single window has a view of the Eiffel Tower!

You think that might be a selling feature? You cannot imagine how excited I was to find this out!


View of the Eiffel Tower from every window!

The View from Paris

Bells chime at noon from the church down the street as I am making my lunch. At night, I wait for the twinkly lights from the Eiffel Tour to sparkle like diamonds for five minutes on the hour as I sip wine from the bottle of white Burgundy that Dominique has left me.

Best landlady ever!


You will not find this apartment on any of the short term rental sites. I discovered it working with a company called Paris Attitude that specializes in rentals for a month or more.

Video of the Apartment

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Love to hear about the apartments that you have rented in Paris?

We are all always looking for the perfect place to stay for a week, a month, or (sigh) more, much more in Paris aren’t we?


Diana’s Paris Potpourri



PPS – I have been noticing how lovely some people smell in Paris. Men and women walk by and imprint lovely light scents that linger just for a few seconds.  A little jasmine, cocoa, or is it coriander? This prompted me to visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris where I discovered the world of French perfume and I will be writing about that soon.

But in the meantime, if you love Chanel, I am smitten with the new fragrance Gabriel.  You can buy it here.

Next Week I Announce the Winner Of My Fall Giveaway Draw! Yah!


What’s in the box?

You all know by now that I am giving away a SURPRISE FRENCH BOX! It includes a dozen French and Paris-themed Items that I hope you will love.

I will reveal what is in the box once I announce the winner next Sunday October 20th.

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  1. Luci on October 13, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Diana what a Wonderful apt!! 10 years ago we rented a one bed in Le Marais. It was thru Vrbo. We elected to stay 2 weeks to immerse ourselves into the paris life. Msr Renault was a very flamboyant charming man who i remember to this day. We loved it and next year for our 20th wedding anniversary we wish to return….ah Paris.

    • Diana Bishop on October 14, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Lots of great new places to stay in Paris these days. Some 85,000 apartments are available for short term stays.
      I was almost a full time job to sift through them all. Always so great to hear your stories Luci. Keep them coming. Best, Diana

  2. Shardie Stevenson on October 14, 2019 at 10:19 am

    The apartment that you had last year was so very old world ” french ” with the high ceilings , tall windows opening out to juliet balconies and the classic fireplace. This one is so different with the eclectic art collection and bright colours. The views of the city rooftops are spectacular…. these vistas ! And Oh La La ….the Eiffel Tour ! I think I would love the 9th arrondissement !

    • Diana Bishop on October 14, 2019 at 10:23 am

      You are so right. And it was wonderful to share last year’s apartment with me. I look forward to your next visit!
      Thanks BF! Diana

  3. Tamara Thompson on October 21, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, why is it Diana that in Paris, and I have noticed only in Paris, that everything is so much more exquisite looking! The apartment where you stayed, just brilliant! If it were located someplace else, anywhere else in the world, I am certain that it would not have such lavish appeal! From the couch to the walls, so perfectly tasteful!

    • Diana Bishop on October 26, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Tamara, I just love getting your comments! And you are right. The reason people love Paris is that it is feast for the senses. Everything feels enriched. It is truly a special place and I am happy that I can bring a piece of it home to my readers. Best to you, Diana

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