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Madness – The weather in Paris this winter

We have been having ‘a bit of weather in Paris this week’. You may even have heard about it on the news! Raining cats, dogs and life jackets Firstly it’s been a bit wet. Well actually it’s a bit wet down by the river Seine. It must have been raining above every river running into the Seine for weeks. Because of that a statue of a soldier in the Crimean war, Le Zouave, on the Pont d’Alma by the Eiffel Tower became newsworthy a couple of days ago. It wasn’t because ‘he’ nearly drowned, because the level is still not as high as it was in May / June 2015, but because he was given a life jacket. Apparently when the feet of the 5.2m tall, 8 ton statue is under water, the river is flooded but there is no danger, but once his knees are covered the capital’s quays are closed and river traffic suspended. The life jacket was to shine attention on Climate Change and he wore it for only 24 hours. What will save him now? What a difference a day makes There may have been unrequited threats for a day or 2 but the day after […]

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5th of 6000 so here is an August thank you offer

Yeh, I made it to number 5 this week!!    Being ranked 5th on Trip Advisor means being 5th of all +/- 6000 listings in the Vacation Rental section of Trip Advisor Paris.   Just type ‘Paris’ and then list by Traveller Reviews. No other filters needed :-). I’m so happy I wanted to thank the people who made that happen, my gorgeous guests and all those who have at one time wanted to stay with me. When I started I had no clue how important Trip Advisor was and even less clue how their algorithms worked.  My first review was a 5 out of 5 so I jumped into the Top 500 ish.    I remember I posted on Facebook just how happy I was to be ranked in the Top 100. I was over the moon when I got into the Top 50 because that was technically page 1 of Trip Advisor !   That seems ages ago but as I only started in 2012 it can’t be ! Now the B&B has 126 reviews (of which only 9 are 4* peppered with ‘wonderful’ and ‘we will return’ statements).   The apartment is lagging behind in 9th position with only 107 […]

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Paris photos please, for the Frommer’s Easy Guide to Paris 2017

WOW, I will be in another Frommer’s guidebook, Frommer’s Easy Guide to Paris, to be published in October 2016. Did you know there was a need for so many different guidebooks for Paris ?! This is what Amazon says about the current Easy Guide to Paris (2016), written by Margie Rynn : ” In 288 pages of dynamic, thoughtful prose, she guides the intelligent visitor to all the storied wonders of a glorious city, stressing her preferences for the best in every category. ” The big deal for me is that they have asked me for PHOTOS !  Particularly photos with people in them !   I sent her squillions, including the obvious balcony photo, but not many with people in them. However, I thought I would give you all the chance to relive happy memories, look at your holiday snaps and send me some gorgeous ones of you in my living room, in the apartment, on the balcony, having breakfast but perhaps not tucked up in bed ;-).  This will stop me scrabbling through my iphone on a Friday night ! Alternatively why not send some Parisian iconic scenes.  I know some of you are wonderful photographers, and I always need photos that set the scene so […]

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I am in the new Paris Day by Day Guide by Frommer’s

I received an email out of the blue a couple of days ago from a lady saying she was from Frommer’s.  Initially I thought it was a scam but I couldn’t quite think of their angle, so I googled the sender and lo and behold, Meghan Lamb really is the Photo Editor at Frommer’s, the biggest guidebook company. I was already listed in the Paris Day by Day Guide by Frommer’s, written by Anna E Brooke for 2014.  There was a couple of lines in the half page attributed to B&B’s in Paris – OK, I was the only B&B identified in the book but it was still only a couple of lines. But this is better, in the revised Paris Day by Day guide by Frommer’s (headline photo), published on 29th March, I am cited twice, and I am still the only B&B listed in the book.  Take a look at what they say below. Also, if you are coming to Paris in the next couple of years, do get a copy, it is an excellent guide. Since January the B&B and the apartment have both been ranked in the Top 10 properties in Paris by Trip Advisor and with this extra exposure I […]

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For fans of Marie-Antoinette – a new ‘ticket’

For those who have ‘done’ the Château de Versailles, this new ‘Pass Marie-Antoinette’ enables you to visit 4 other monuments that also have a strong connection to the life and death of the young queen. Le Chateau de Rambouillet is an impressive royal residence Louis XVI bought for her. Later she was imprisoned and held for several months in the Conciergerie up to the time of her execution. La Chapelle Expiatoire was dedicated to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and was built on part of the Madeleine cemetery where most of the bodies of those executed in the Revolution were buried in a mass grave. However, Marie-Antoinette’s body was moved to the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint Denis, a gothic masterpiece and final resting place of all bar 3 of the French kings and queens, in 1815.   Ask for the ‘Pass’ when you buy a full price entrance ticket at any of the 4 monuments. The entrance price to the other 3 is reduced by at least 20%. The Pass lasts 2 years, you can take your time !   Look forward to seeing you.  BOOK HERE… Want to read what previous guests have said ?  CLICK HERE.

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Name Change to 52 Clichy

52 Clichy had a name change from B&B Wonderful to 52 Clichy in 2013.   Unfortunately in the Frommers Guide 2013 for Paris printed the old name in their 2013 guide “Paris Day by Day – 23 smart ways to see the city”.  You can still tell from the description it is us, 52 Clichy, under its old Facebook page name, B&B Wonderful.   “Try B&B Wonderful, 52 rue de Clichy 9th from €115, a fabulous B&B for two, with a separate flat that sleeps four people.  breakfast is copious; the balcony views over Paris’s steely rooftops picturesque; and the welcome, by expat owner Rosemary, perfect.  She can even give you a makeover (prices on request), as she’s an image consultant by trade.”   The Frommers guide ‘Paris Day by Day’ 2014 cited only one B&B in their whole book.  Me!   Alastair Sawday’s is also cited, a wonderful, highly reputed and award-winning website who take the time to verify every person / listing accepted on to their site (you can’t pay to go on).  Check them out not only for France but the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Want to read what else people have been saying about […]

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Review of 52 Clichy Apartment 1 year ago today

  A wonderful review of 52 Clichy from my business guests from Thailand who visit regularly, at least twice each Winter.   You can find it on Trip Advisor and below : “Ultimate Comfort with kind help” Left on Feb 18, 2015 for a stay in Jan 2015 It was my second time staying here for my business trip. This time, I stayed with one of my colleague for a week. We prefer to stay in apartment rather than hotel because of the space. I personally need lots of space to packing all my stuff. We love staying here, since the room is very clean, tidy and bed is very comfortable. Moreover, it is very near metro stations where we could go to work very easily. Some nights we cooked our own dinner and here has all we need for cooking. We just have to buy the ingredients. That’s it. In addition, I love to stay here because it is less than 10 mins walk to Gallery Lafayette. The most important point is the owner is very kind and helpful. Compared to the 4 star hotel in Opera Area I stayed last time, I prefer it here. I will definitely come […]

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