I have a full time job now! I enjoy it, a lot, but there is less sightseeing happening. Visitors are still very welcome, but I won’t have time for more than dinner during the week.
- Green means we don’t have visitors, Red means we have guests. If you want to plan a trip but can’t commit yet, I think there’s optional yellow available as well.
- Send either of us an email, text, whatsapp, threema or facebook message when you want to come before you book a flight / train.
- We have towels, blankets, sheets and pillows, there’s no need to bring anything like that.
- We have an extra set of keys now for vistors.
I recommend the Navigo pass for a week (attention! information en français!). It is valid in all 5 zones in the Paris area, including the train to CDG airport. Versailles and Disneyland Paris are in zone 5. It really covers a big area. The chip card itself costs 5 €, you will need a passport foto. After you purchase the chip card you charge the card with the “forfait semaine” at the machine. The weekly pass costs 22.50 € and is valid from Monday to Sunday.
A single trip from Paris city center to CDG airport is 10 €, so the Navigo is really the cheapest option if you arrive and leave by plane all within one calendar week.
If you don’t want the navigo, you can get a booklet of 10 Metro tickets for 14,50 €. The transfer rules seem overly complicated, but generally you’ll be able to use them to get to the sights and back. There are tourist tickets, called Paris Visit, but they are all more expensive than the weekly Navigo pass. The regular day passes you can buy at the machine aren’t valid for the airport.
We live in Bercy now, close to the Metro stop of the same name. The Metro lines 6 and 14 stop here.
From Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) you can take an RER B to Les Halles and change into the 14 there. The stop is an unpleasant underground maze but at least it’s accessible, which comes in handy if you’re schlepping a giant suitcase full of Mannerschnitten. Also, when we moved our stuff from Palaiseau to Paris by train, there often was a lady singing “La Vie en Rose”, which immediately lends a very French air to the smelly, ugly, crowded neverending building site that’s Les Halles train/metro station.
There’s a second airport, Paris Orly. Transavia flies there, apparently. There’s a driver-less shuttle train called Orlyval that’s fairly expensive but takes you to the RER station Antony within a few minutes. If you are lucky there are no kids you have to push out of the way to be able stand in the front and pretend you are the train driver. Antony station is south of Paris, but on the same RER B line. You can take the RER either to Denfert Rochereau and the Metro 6 to Bercy. There are stairs and no elevators or escalators at this station. Or you can take the RER a few stops further to les Halles and then the Metro 14 to Bercy.
If you come by train and arrive at Gare du Nord it’s mostly the same: RER to Chatelet/Les Halles and M14. If you arrive at Gare de l’Est you take the Metro 4 too Châtelet (not Les Halles, on the metro those are two separate stops) and then the Metro 14 to Bercy.
If you come by car: we have an underground parking space in the building and a remote control to open the entrance. I immediately forgot where it is, but I think the landlords included it all in their documentation. I know nothing about parking or driving in Paris, but I hear it’s a nightmare.