The Marais retains much of its old charm – narrow cobblestone streets, small patisseries and cafes, locally owned shops. There are a number o ethnic quarters, Jewish and Chinese being the largest. Within its boundaries are a large, open-air market and an old, English-language bookstore as well as delis and antique shops. It's walkable, within walking distance of so much history, and it's just the Paris I want to experience.
Of course, the happy accident of my finding a flat in the perfect place leads me to question why I – lover of all things modern, convenient and techie – would be so drawn to a quaint, medieval district.
Next time: Who? Me?