Paris – our place

October 21st, 2011

We stayed in a really lovely apartment in Paris (this one) I found on Airbnb, which was a total game changer. Cheaper than a hotel, so much more space, non-touristy area and best of all: two cats to look after. I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but for a crazy cat lady like me it was heaven. I’m totally sold, forget hotels, apartments 4eva!

The flat was right near Place de Clichy, so we were about 20 minutes away from everywhere by metro and just a short stroll away from Montmartre, Sacré Cœur etc.

We lovingly nicknamed one of the cats “Beast”, because have you ever seen an animal more unsuitable for the name Winnipeg? He was the size of a small lion!

Look at the size of this thing!!! I don’t think the picture even shows quite how big Beast was in person (bear in mind that I’m 5’7 so I’m not a small girl and I could barely lift him), I immediately thought of this. What an amazing cat.

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  1. I love that huge cat! Seems to have a great personality too :)


  2. Lindsey says:

    Looks like an awesome rental! Will recommend AirBnb more often for visiting friends and family. And that cat……. love .


  3. Eve Maria says:

    aw he is gorgeous, and quite a beast!


  4. Megan K. says:

    Those wooden floors are **AMAZING**. I would live in a cardboard box if it had flooring like that! I have an American kitty that would pair very nicely with Beast….her name is Margot but we mostly call her Large Marge! :D


    kris atomic says,

    October 21st, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    We were all obsessed with the parquet floor. So nice.
    Large Marge is the cutest name, haha! x


  5. Rhianne says:

    We stayed in an apartment in Paris too which was amazing (though no giant cats I’m afraid) it really gives you a feel for the area you stay in I think and food was so much easier to buy and bring back too. Your apartment looks beautiful!


  6. Laura says:

    that apartment looks amazing! and love the cats:) x


  7. Lize says:

    Oh, it’s a Maine Coon, such a lovely cat! And the apartment looks very nice, I must keep airbnb in mind next time I’m going on holiday.


    Gracie says,

    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Yeah I think it’s a Maine coon too, all that fluffy!


  8. Georgina says:

    What a beautiful apartment. I’m (hopefully) going to Paris early next year and I think I might just have to stay there!

    That really is an enormous cat…


  9. Vanessa says:

    I’ve always been curious about Airbnb. Staying in apartments makes all the difference when you’re traveling, especially when you’re in a city like Paris and just want to melt in . Looks like you guys picked a fantastic one, kitties and all!


  10. ah ha! yes thats a maine coon. i have two. theya re the most awesome cats EVER! gentle giants. our Henry is just like a dog, he follows us around! CUTTE


  11. Kate Proulx says:

    holy shit that cat is huge.


  12. sami says:

    that is one big kitty!!!!!
    i love the idea of staying in an apartment! but i would never feel comfortable letting people use all of my things! i think i am too attached to them.

    ps. i am giving away a cute dress on my blog!


  13. Catherine says:

    Oh my gosh, what a huge (and beautiful!!) cat! Also, this makes me seriously consider staying in apartments when traveling from now on. It does sound a lot better than a hotel!


  14. Sara says:

    That cat is enormous! And we’re going to Berlin in November (a big group of us) and we’re staying in a place we found on Airbnb. Hope it’s as lovely as your Paris flat! ~ Sara


  15. nice pics, i like the mood there.
    the wilting roses are so nice.
    aaaahh, the huge cat is a real beats! :D


  16. reeca says:

    What a nice place! With cats and a proper kitchen. Dream come true.
    I should try to rent an apartment next time I travel. But, like Sami said, I am not sure I could share my space with strangers. Too personal.


  17. katie says:

    That place is gorgeous! I’d never leave my kitty in the care of strangers, though!


  18. mina says:

    We’ll be renting an apartment in Paris this December. I didn’t even think people were allowed to make you take care of their pets! That’s so great for pet people. I’m loving your Paris photos.


  19. Michelle says:

    That is one awesome cat. Beast is much more appropriate.


  20. Vanessa says:

    BEAST!!! What an amazing kitty!


  21. Mae Lu says:

    He is the size of a lion! You should have named him Simba (from The Lion King). :)

    Gorgeous little flat!

    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!


  22. Courtney says:

    I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and that cat is definately fitting for the city that shares its name. You need all that fur when it gets to -40*c! =)


    Hillary says,

    December 29th, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    Yep, the size of that cat (& his fluffiness!) is entirely appropriate for the name Winnipeg.
    Being from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada too, I’ve gotta agree with Courtney. It’s absolutely appropriate. & rather lovely. ;)


  23. ZEOLITE says:



    ZEOLITE says,

    October 21st, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    did not anticipate the frequency of “love,” “cat,” and “huge” in every single comment


  24. Hannah says:

    Holy dooly! That’s one big cat. That would be hilarious… like your own safari cat.
    Flats sound good, I think when I travel that will be what I go for.


  25. Carrie says:

    That’s the biggest cat I’ve ever seen.


  26. sandra says:

    oh Beast looks just like a Norwegian Forrest cat. I have one of my own, but he is ginger. Such a lovely place.


  27. Georgie says:

    That cat is so huge x


  28. Kim says:

    WOW. That cat. (Both of ’em, actually! <3 The other one has a kind of look that I don't think I've ever quite seen before, something about the big head, huge eyes and isoceles triangle ears, hah!). And THOSE FLOORS.

    I've never heard of Airbnb before but I can't thank you enough for mentioning it. Chris and I are hopefully planning a trip somewhere in Europe next year and I would love to literally live like a local instead of like a tourist.

    Also, I stalked my own neighborhood and there are so many houses right down the street from me that rent out rooms to travelers! No wonder it's so hard to buy a house around here… All the owners are vacationing in Puerto Rico, haha.


  29. Ta says:

    What super lovely cats! I love those photos. Especially the food!


  30. Swah says:

    I’m never staying in a Parisian hotel again either! When I visited Paris over NYE at the start of this year we also stayed in an apartment from Airbnb (
    It was not only cheaper but a far more authentic Parisian experience and our host was lovely and full of local info! I think I will stay in a different area next time, Montmarte looks beautiful.


  31. mat says:

    that cat is sure a beast! is that normal? mine’s well small compared. really enjoying the images from your last few posts


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  33. Chydie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Kristina!


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