The Paris Diaries Winter Day 3

The morning started out rainy as usual. I took a walk on île st louis and headed toward the Bastille market. This is tradition for me and I was really looking forward to seeing my favorite vendors. Sadly, the rain was too much and half of the market was empty and it was missing my flower guy and my regular cheese monger. I made my way towards 28 Beaumarchais where I picked up a croissant. This is one of my favorite spots. It did not disappoint! 

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I had a meeting with Sapphire from Paris shopping at Merci. The store opens at 10 am and since I am a pretty early riser I was able to get in a good stroll before meeting her. I have been working via skype and email for months now so it was good to finally meet her in person for a coffee. Merci is an adorable used book shop that also serves food, tea, and coffee. It is the perfect spot on a rainy day. We also explored the store before since Sapphire has never been inside. I have my eyes on the linen set for my bed, but I still can't decide between pink, grey, or white. 

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paris merci used bookshop

After our coffee chat, I set out to explore a little of the Marais. This is where I have stayed a lot in the past and I was missing my old neighborhood. I passed through Place des Vosges down rue de Bretagne and back again. I stopped for a quick coffee at Boot café on the way to my next meeting. Boot is very small but the coffee is pretty fabulous. You can take away or drink it there. 

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I have been keeping organized with these Rifle Paper journals. I still write everything down on paper. 

lunch at coup d'oeil

My lunch meeting was with my friend Nina of Insidr Paris. We are brainstorming some future ideas so we met to discuss over lunch. Insidr is a phone service which I use to stay connected in Paris. They also know all the best spots to eat, drink, and explore in the city. I let Nina choose the lunch spot. It was an adorable restaurant (see floors) Coup d'oueil is located in the 11th arrondisement not too far from Bastille. Lunch was 44 euros total. 16 euros for the special of the day and we each had wine.

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After lunch, I made a quick stop at Alain Ducasse to pick up some chocolate. If you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. I picked up a few bars for research purposes. By now you should know, I think chocolate is a food group. You can find his chocolates at café de flore and there is a small shop right next door in St Germain if you can't make it to the other shop.

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The evening finished with a hotel stay at Adèle & Jules 

I can't wait to share more details about my stay but I will leave it for a full post. I loved my time here and I really hope I can get back again soon. 

The hotel is just a few minutes from Sézane, so I stopped by for a visit. I have had my eye on a few sweaters so I wanted to try them on in person. 

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Staying in a hotel for the night gave me a little time to unplug from the craziness and I took myself out for dinner. The hotel made a great recommendation but after having a heavy lunch I was just looking for a cheese plate and a glass of wine. I ended up at Au Loup just around the corner from the hotel. I was the only English speaking person, which was really nice. I just listened to everyone around me and I slowly sipped my wine. I was about to leave when I started talking to a group of gentlemen that came in for a quick drink. So instead of one glass, I had one and a half. Not a bad way to end the evening. 

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I made the short walk back to the hotel and crawled into the most comfortable bed. I had a breakfast menu to mark up for the next morning and unplugged anticipating the next full day in Paris. 

To catch up on the other Paris diaries: You can read Day 1 here and Day 2 here

 

 

Stay Connected with INSIDR Paris

When I first arrive in Paris I stop for a coffee and croissant and set out to find a SIM card for my phone so I can stay connected during my stay. I have tested a few different SIM services over the years and I will be including them in an upcoming post. But I actually found something way easier than searching for a SIM card in Paris and that would be INSIDR Paris. With INSIDR Paris you are given a phone to use for the length of your stay. The phone includes maps, unlimited 4 G data service, all the apps that would ever need including WhatsApp and Instagram to stay connected, wifi hotspot, and unlimited calls and call forwarding. 

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There is so much I love about the service so I am going to break it down in bullet points on my favorite features:

  • on demand concierge service: Imagine you arrive in Paris and there is a restaurant you are dying to try and you need to make reservations and you are staying in an apartment and you don't speak French. Message the concierge and they will make the reservation for you. I also personally loved this for times where I was starving and in a part of Paris I didn't know and needed a place for lunch, I messaged the team and got suggestions back within a few minutes. I tested this out a few times at different parts of the day and they were always quick to respond with great suggestions. 
  • INSIDR Community Each morning I would receive a special message on my phone with the weather, any metro or museum closings and a suggestion or two on what to see or do in Paris for that day. 
  • INSIDR Maps One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to get lost in a different arrondissement and discover the city by foot. The Insidr Maps breaks down different areas in Paris by food, activities, and sights that are non-touristy and local suggestions. 
  • Travel Apps Galore - The phone already comes with apps that are downloaded to make your time in Paris easy and convenient. You can connect to the city mapper to take you around Paris via Public transportation, currency converter, or for those who aren't fluent in French google translate which can really help when navigating a menu. 
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Picking up the Phone is Very Convenient

You can pick it up right at CDG before you leave for the city, The Louvre or Les Halles, or you can even arrange to have it delivered to a location around the city (hotel or apartment) Sending it back is just as easy too. 

Navigating the Phone 

I will say the phone is an Android which I have only used an iPhone for the last 8 years so there was a bit of a learning curve but I figured it out pretty quickly. If you are having trouble you can always connect your phone to the WIFI and use your iPhone when you need it. They were very smart to include a phone booster in the box so you don't risk running out of battery while you are out and about in Paris. 

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INSIDR Perks - Skip the line. 

One of the best views in Paris is at Le Perchoir at BHV in Le Marais. The line can be long especially on a beautiful Summer night. You can message the concierge to make a reservation and you can skip the line. I did this during my visit and loved the convenience. I also loved that the prices for food/wine were extremely reasonable. In the States, you would have to pay extra for a view like this. 

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The price is from as little as 7 euros per day depending on the length of your stay. 

paris photography by rebecca plotnick

Note: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.