The Musée d’Orsay is organising a series of balls to celebrate their exhibition the “Spectacular Second Empire”. Some of the balls are masked! You can spend the day learning the Polka (if you can count to 3 you can dance this) or the Quadrille from the members of the Association Carnet des Bals. Take part in the ball in the afternoon just as Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie would have, all within the spectacular surroundings of the Musée d’Orsay.
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 reviews!
So how to celebrate or offer a thank you ? Here comes the August Special Offer. Well actually there are 2; an August Special Offer and an August ‘Special’, Special Offer !
AUGUST SPECIAL OFFER : For anyone who wants to come to Paris between now and the 5th September I am offering a 20% discount for a 4+ night stay in either the B&B or the Apartment. Please share (those funny coloured buttons at the end) if you think your friends may be interested.
Temperatures on the balcony will be 80F/60F or 26C/15C. PERFECT.
August is my favourite month in Paris, the French are on holiday so the museums are open and quiet (except for the 15th August public holiday when a lot are closed but for those that are open PLEASE buy a museums pass), the shops are empty, most of the restaurants are open (just the mom and pop ones close) and the roads are EMPTY !
Come and see for yourselves.
The AUGUST ‘SPECIAL’ SPECIAL OFFER is only for my Gorgeous Guests who have already stayed at 52Clichy :
I want to go away for a short trip before September so if anyone wants to stay in the B&B or take both for up to 6 people, you can have the same Special Offer as above PLUS, although you won’t be getting my breakfasts, you will have the place to yourselves.
Just click the link to the B&B or the Apartment on Trip Advisor and pop in your dates or click on the 52 Clichy website, choose where you want to stay and click on the big purple “Check Availability” button.
Looking forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon,
Want to hear what previous guests have said, CLICK HERE…
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 that all you wonderful guests come to visit I can share my vision of this beautiful city.
Just a reminder from my last email, next week I am increasing my prices for July onwards (I have some space in May but June is completely booked). If you book before the end of May to visit Paris before the end of April 2017, then you can take advantage of my current prices.
This offer also applies to your friends if they mention they were referred by you or better still if they joined my mailing list at the bottom of my website homepage www.52Clichy.com! So do share this with them and have a look at my calendars below the slideshow of both the B&B and Apartment pages of my website.
This offer lasts only for the month of May and I can’t wait to hear from you.
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 am expecting bookings to increase.
I am planning to increase my prices for July onwards (I have some space in May but June is completely booked) but I just wanted to give you the heads up because you are important to me.
If you were thinking of coming to Paris before April 2017, book before the end of May and take advantage of my current prices.
This offer also applies to your friends if they mention they were referred by you or better still if they got on my mailing list at the bottom of my website homepage www.52Clichy.com!
This offer lasts only for the month of May and I can’t wait to hear from you.
Come and stay at 52 Clichy. BOOK HERE.
Want to hear what previous guests have said about 52 Clichy ? CLICK HERE.
If you stay with me at 52 Clichy almost everyone gets to see my ‘perfect teapot’, the Grosche ‘Budapest’.
Put the tea in the centre chamber, lower it into the water and wiggle it about a bit if you want to speed up the brewing process.
The real perfection for someone like me who doesn’t like strong tea is that when the water gets to the right colour you just lift the lever which raises the tea above water level so the tea stays your perfect strength and doesn’t stew.
On first introductions, practically every guest wants one or knows someone for whom this teapot would be perfect and for a while I had supplies I could sell to guests who had enough room in their suitcase on the return journey but, oh horror, the shop closed.
To the rescue came delightful guests from Australia who found a near-perfect solution but, drumroll, gorgeous English guests found the real thing!
So now, never fear, you too can have the perfect teapot, my ‘Budapest’ or, am I being disloyal here, maybe one that has a sleeker design, the Grosche ‘Barcelona’. In this design the glass doesn’t touch the table surface. At $35 each, and cheaper on other sites, I might allow myself both! If you can’t get hold of Grosche, alternatives there are a-many.
What about this one? Does it resemble anything? At around $20 who wouldn’t plump for the Oggi 6577 teapot I’m not sure it isn’t a Grosche in sheep’s clothing? Or how about the €20 Rosenstein & Söhne branded version that is available is Europe.
There are choices out there! But for the moment if you stay in the apartment you have to put up with my adorable green teapot (I love lime green). Do tell me which you prefer or what you use.
Maybe I don’t have the perfect teapot – although I think I do! In any case, come and stay at 52 Clichy and test mine out by clicking on the link and checking out my Availability.
Also do take a look at my suggestions of the best restaurants minutes from 52 Clichy or find out lots more information about French food and where and how to eat it in my blog page on where and how to eat well in Paris.
If you’re getting ready to visit Paris you might also want to dive in with my in-depth Guide to Living Like a Local.
Hope you found this informative and I look forward to your comments.
A très bientôt,