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bonjour from paris!

Bonjour from Paris! It's been a crazy trip so far (hello lost luggage) but I'm loving every minute and I've fallen in love with Paris. I've been gathering loads of creative inspiration, stuffing my face with pastries and wearing out my poor feet from walking so much. I also love my quaint little apartment in Le Marais where I've set up shop creating new designs in front of my window overlooking the courtyard.

huge thanks for all your suggestions. The main point of trip is to finish designs so I know i can't see everything but I'm trying to explore all that I can. I'll share pictures and recap the trip after I return!


iphone photo & text by Anna Bond 

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Reader Comments (18)

je suis jaloux!
Have a great time for all of us not there! :)
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindseyBee
Just out of curiosity, did you find the apartment on a specific short term rentals site, or do you know the owner? I am looking for something short term for paris in the fall, but am not sure exactly where to start looking.
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWallace
ooh la la! wish i were in paris in the springtime aussi! can't wait to hear about it all!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersheila
your little apartment sounds lovely! to say i'm jealous would be an understatement...
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea
What a wonderful experience! I can only imagine what it must be like designing from a little apartment in Paris. I can't wait to see how the creative inspiration you find in the city manifests itself in your work. Have an amazing time :)
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I planned this trip very last-minute (just a couple weeks ago) and searched high and low for an available apartment on my dates. I ended up finding this one through but some other sites that I looked through were,, and (trip advisor's site). Someone recommended to me but that was one site that i thought looked less reliable. also offered insurance to cover my security deposit and rental fees for around $30.

overall it was super easy and I doubt I'll ever stay in a hotel overseas again! For 7 nights I paid about 700 euros for tons more space, a great location, etc..

hope that helps!

April 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterRIFLE
What a brilliant trip to go on. It sounds like a film, spending time in Paris, finishing your designs. Have a lovely time!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill Wignall
Love your designs and just popped over to your blog and saw you're in Paris (chanceuse!).
Maybe someone has already suggested it or you know about it, but for anyone who loves beautiful paper and art made with it, Calligrane (r du Pont Louis-Philippe) is an absolute must. I wouldn't miss it. (The photo gallery across the street, Agathe Gaillard, is nice, too).

bon séjour à Paris!,
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
Seriously can't wait to see more!!!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
So jealous! Enjoy your time there! I love Paris so much... wish I could go back sometime soon. Can't wait to see what kind of designs come from this!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniella
Profite bien de Paris et du beau temps!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranne
enjoy Paris!!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
all the walking makes up all for all the pastries :) enjoy and cannot wait to see the full recap!
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrisha
Ahh, have so much fun! Even if you can't explore, you'll still be soaking in that Parisian air. I hope you post a few photos of your outings, though. :)
Staying in an apartment is absolutely the best way to go. I stayed in a ParisPerfect apartment for a week in September in the 7th Arr. and never wanted to come home. Paris is stunning and can't wait to go back (for my 4th visit - I can't imagine tiring of Paris). Cannot wait to see what beautiful pieces come out of your visit - I'm sure they will be gorgeous.
April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey
This is such a dream! So happy for you to get to experience this. Can't wait to see the designs that come out of such raw inspiration :)
April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKayla Cole
So helpful -- thank you!
April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWallace
There really is no better place to soak up inspiration, is there? Enjoy!
April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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