Beautiful and sunny 2 room apartment on Paris East side (Nation)
10' from Hôtel de Ville by the metro.
1 entrance, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 bathroom with bathtub, 1 fully equipped kitchen, toilets.
Very quiet area (no traffic).
The apartment is very clean, fully equipped, with a soulful decoration, warm colors, positive vibes, lots of plants and a wide view on Paris roofs.
8 floor building from the 1930s located in a private alley bordering a beautiful 20,000 yd2 park.
You will sleep on a very comfortable convertible couch in the living room.Guest Access
- Bathroom with washing machine
- Fully equipped kitchen: gas stove, dish-washer, fridge, microwave, toaster, Nespresso, blender...
- Wi-Fi connection
- Good mobile networks
- TV set with 600+ international channels
- Thousands of CDs and vinyls
- Friendly welcome and smileInteraction with Guests
I consider myself as a true world citizen with a very open mind and cosmopolitan culture.
I travel as much as I can and meeting people is my first objective.
When I’m staying in Paris I love to welcome foreigners. I have hosted more than 100 people in 3 years, and I not only try to share my place but also my passions with my guests. This is part of my philosophy of life.
I work at home as a holistic coach, writer and multimedia artist. I enjoy my life and district, far from usual stress in big cities.
I enjoy sharing with my guests about many subjects: life experience, arts, music, politics, spirituality, technology, History...
But if you don’t want to speak or need to rest, no problem: I will keep as discrete as possible.
I also can advize you many interesting places to visit according to your preferences, and I can provide you a large documentation about Paris and its region.
I am also developing an activity with a professional guide to propose tours in Paris, in French, English and Spanish:
•Paris from the Other side: (URL HIDDEN)
•Rutando en Paris: (URL HIDDEN)The Neighborhood
Nation is a district full of History.
Located between “Bastille” where the French Revolution started in 1789 and the ring highway, “Place de la Nation” initially was a royal place.
On his way back from his marriage with Maria Theresa of Austria, king Louis the 14th had erected a big throne to welcome foreign officials on this then named “Place of the Throne”.
In the end of the 18th, History became much more tragic: 1,300 political prisoners jailed in the prison of Picpus were guillotined on Place de la Nation (then named “Place of the Upset Throne”) during the Great Terror.
In 1782, Thiers had made constructed a big wall surrounding Paris named “Mur des Fermiers généraux”. The ancient village Charonne was then located outside of the walls, which ended up at Nation. The walls no longer exist but their perimeter is now delimited by metro lines 2 and 6. On both sides of Cours de Vincennes, you will notice 2 big square monuments. Named “octroys”, they were housing tax collectors for people who had to pay a tax for goods entering the city.
When you go from my place to Nation metro station, you will surely notice 2 monumental columns on both sides of Cours de Vincennes (the big mall spreading from Nation to Porte de Vincennes), with 2 statutes on top representing 2 medieval kings of France: Philippe Auguste and Saint Louis.
Take some time to cross the place and observe the massive and beautiful sculpture in the middle of the roundabout: "The Triumph of the Republic" is an allegoric statute erected by famous sculptor Dalou in 1879.
Before the 20th century, my district was an agricultural area covered with vegetable fields to feed the population of Paris. This is why many street names around refer to agriculture: “rue des Grands champs”, “rue de la Plaine”…
My building is in Charonne district, which had remained for a long time a low-class housing area. Some brick and stone buildings like mine in the area were constructed between 1936 and 1938 during Popular Front to provide accommodation for workers. Today the district is becoming more and more bobo, with many middle-class people, artists and student settling here.
The park aside my alley was built in 1936 on an ancient gas-plant that use to provide gas for Paris street lamps before they were replaced by electricity.
Many street names around refer to famous stage actors of the 19th and 20th centuries: Sarah Bernhardt, Sacha Guitry, Marie Laurent…
You will find everything you need just 5 minutes from home.
Go to “rue d’Avron” (2 blocks from here) and on the streets around. You will find a very pleasant and exotic area with a very mixed population of immigrants, colorful stores and cheap restaurants: Turkish, Kabyle, Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese…
Try “Les Pères Populaires” (rue de Buzenval) for its student and boheme atmosphere: coffee for 1€ and good Wi-Fi connection.
Go for a good pizza at “Le Muguet” (rue d’Avron / rue des Pyénées) and ask my smiling Kurdish friend Bülent for the menu!
Around Place de la Nation you will find typical Parisian brasseries and cafés with large terraces to chill out.
SHOPPING, ARTS, CINEMA
Weekly market on Cours de Vincennes every Thursday and Saturday morning (6:00 am – 1:00 pm).
“Le Printemps” is a subsidiary of the famous Belle Époque department store on Grands boulevards: you will find there quality but expensive items and gifts.
For low budgets, there are some cheap exotic gift shops on rue d’Avron and around.
Do visit the art gallery of my talented painter friend Michel Costiou:
28, rue des Grands Champs. (URL HIDDEN)
Cinema: MK2 Nation: 133, boulevard DiderotGetting Around
5 metro lines: 1, 2, 3, 9 + RER A
4 metro stations: Nation, Porte de Vincennes, Buzenval and Avron
Many day and night buses
Vélb and Autolib (bikes & cars to rent by the day. Check out Velib app)
Gare de Lyon train station (2 metro stations from Nation)
Taxi station at Nation
Ring highway at Porte de VincennesOther Things to Note
Be aware you will be sleeping in the living room and not in a separate bedroom.
The convertible is large and very comfortable, but if you are expecting full privacy it may not match your expectations.