I rarely write trip reports but have been inspired by those of you who do! Here is day 1 and I will post the rest as replies on this thread.
Day 1 – After 3 ½ dry days in London, I arrived Monday evening by Eurostar to heavy rain. I stopped at an ATM and then the Relay at Gare du Nord where I purchased a Lebara sim. I remember some recent posts about them being difficult to find but they seem to have plenty so hopefully other stores have replenished their supply as well. I joined the taxi queue which was probably longer than usual due to the rain but luckily was protected from the elements.
Waited about 10 minutes and then was on the way to my rented apartment in the 11th. I used VIP and everything was as expected. The apartment was very clean and after a quick inventory check I set off to explore the area. The rain which continued to fall steadily slightly dampened (pun intended) my explorations but I was still able to get a feel for the area (love it!) and found a patisserie around the corner for my first treats of the trip. I am not usually a lemon fan but the Tarte au citron looked so amazing I couldn’t resist and I purchased a chocolate beignet as a back-up, you know just in case the lemon didn’t cut it. ;)
I then picked up dinner at an Asian traiteur just down the block from my apartment and headed “home” and opened up the bottle of wine provided by VIP. The wine was decent, dinner was good and the lemon tart was absolutely delicious but that did not stop me from eating the beignet as well! For anyone staying in this area, the patisserie is on Ledru Rollin, just off rue de Charonne and as I found out later in the week they made a nice baguette as well.