Welcome to Paris! We were prepared for cold and rain, but Paris is experiencing an incredible early spring. The weather has been warm and sunny every day so far. C'est magnifique!
Apartment living is definitely the way to go. Our apartment is even more spacious than it appeared in the pictures (quite remarkable in Europe), and the cost is much less than most hotels. You can see that we have wasted no time getting into the French wine!
While the rooms in our apartment are spacious, the elevator is not. Believe it or not, the specs for this elevator say it can carry a maximum of three people (obviously, three very tiny French people!)
On our first full day in Paris, we did a self-guided tour of our neighborhood. Montmartre is often called "La Butte" which means the hill, and it sits on the highest ground in Paris. Montmarte has always been known for its nightlife, and when we walk outside of our apartment, we can see the famous dancehall "The Moulin Rouge" at the top of our hill.
Montmartre was once dotted with 30 windmills, but today only two remain. Here is one of them:
Outside, we had a gorgeous view of Paris's only remaining vineyard with the city in the background.
We walked past colorful souvenir shops,