As our apartment is on a corner we have windows on two sides. The advantage is a steady stream of light. On one corner is a bakery with a nineteen century hand painted glass ceiling. On the other corner Ton Ton, a neighborhood cafe that we frequent for drinks, it also serves lunch and dinner. Its speciality is tartares, it is packed out every evening. Hence, we rarely have meals there.
On the other corner is an Italian restaurant: Il Gallo Nero, that is delicious: Spinach pine nut pesto is one of my favorites.
Under our apartment is a well known butcher. Across the street there is a laundromat, a tailor, a handmade gift / dress shop, a bar, a bistro, a pharmacy, a couple of flower shops, several grocers, a fish monger, a post office, a puzzle maker, a key-smith, you might say our neighborhood is lively, authentic, hasn't changed much.
While the work is going on we are staying in a hotel, two minutes away by foot, from the apartment that has a view of a courtyard. A rarity in Paris. Though in the 14 eme, the area of Paris that the neighborhood we live in, there are plenty of side streets and court yards.
Nannister asked me in the comment section:
"How do the neighbors deal with all this?"
On the ground floor there is a butcher, he doesn't mind. On the second floor the neighbor works during the day, so she doesn't mind. Above us the neighbor's are on vacation, so they don't mind.
Annie asked me:
"What will you do about storage and closet space, Corey?"
Good question. Armoires. Dressers. Cupboards. Hooks.
Pack light, live with less?
Preparing the stone wall to hang a door. The stone wall will be covered with plaster board.
The workers do not mind me taking photos.
They work while I take photos without them knowing of it most of the time.
Such a hard job I have.
Today I had to go find and buy flexible metal corner tape, because we ran out of it. I went to the neighborhood plumber shop where I bought a plastic pipe piece the other day, and asked him where I could find the tape. Amazingly, the flexible metal corner tape was at a painting/plastering shop next door. All within five minutes of the apartment.
The man at the Painting/Plastering counter teased, "I love how you say flexible metal corner tape in French, your accent is charming." I said, "I can say it with a Marseillaise accent too?" He laughed out loud. Flirting in France is fun.
Taking photos is even more fun.
As soon as I can figure out how to show the floor plan I will show it. If you have any questions regarding the project I will try my best to answer them.
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