Trouver chaussure à son pied

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…an apartment in Paris.

Well, since it’s the last day of my list, it’s time for a big finish. As a Francophile of enormous passion, it’s time for the ultimate move – my own chez moi in the City of Light. I checked the advice at French Entrée; Santa’s goal is to find an apartment that meets the trifecta of geography, a view, and architecture. First, geography – the recommendation is to go with Paris Ouest or the Marais. Since I love each of those neighborhoods, I’m OK with that suggestion. Second, a view – the Eiffel Tower is obviously prime real estate, but other important monuments or a view of the Seine score points as well. This, too, is just fine with me. Third, architecture – the building should be beautiful, perhaps Haussmanian or Art Nouveau. Beauty works for me. They suggest a couple of properties that Santa might like to consider – a gracious, spacious apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower for 2.55 million Euros, or a smaller Marais charmer with a mezzanine level and an interior courtyard for 1.4 million Euros. Santa, I’d be delighted with either one.

Today’s expression, trouver chaussure à son pied (troovay showsoor ah sohn peeay) means “to find [the] shoe for the foot,” in other words, to find one’s best match. I have ultimate confidence in Santa that he’ll find the best match for me in a Paris apartment. But will it fit under the tree?  

Private Paris: The Most Beautiful Apartments


For all 12 days of Christmas:

1. Cartier Tank watch

2. Hermès Kelly bag

3. Assouline book

4. Atelier du Gantier gloves

5. Anne Fontaine blouse

6. French Perfume

7. Hermès bracelet

8. Diptyque candle

9. Cartier Trinity collection

10. Longchamp Le Pliage tote

11. Hermès scarf

12. Apartment in Paris

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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