petite anglaise

June 28, 2006

property of petite

Filed under: misc — petiteanglaiseparis @ 8:13 pm

I am proud to announce that I am now officially the owner of a compact and bijou little cupboard in Belleville.

Peering slightly drunkenly into my crystal ball – well, I had to celebrate a little, didn’t I? – I see paintbrushes, DIY and major, heavy-duty stress if a seamless high speed internet connection is not maintained throughout the move.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to meetic to recruit some big, strong and willing furniture movers…


  1. Congrats!! :-)

    Comment by Sarah-Jean — June 28, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

  2. Congrats!!! I’ll pop a bottle for you!

    Comment by Tommpouce — June 28, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

  3. Many congratulations! – love the sound of the area

    Comment by lilacstripe — June 28, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

  4. Congratulations !

    I would be happy to help, but I will just have to content myself with cheering the big guys from the sidelines of the virtual world ;-)

    Comment by ontario frog — June 28, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

  5. congrats on ownership ! welcome to the wonderful world of counting down how many more years you have on your mortgage !

    Comment by magillicuddy — June 28, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

  6. Well, congratulations to a new owner. We will expect before and after pictures. Are the French into all the DIY stuff that the Americans are? Lots of TV shows, magazines, and a few people that actually do things.

    Comment by joeinvegas — June 28, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  7. Felicitations! I too am celebrating – my 21st hope u are celebrating as well as i am!

    Comment by Ellie — June 28, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

  8. ConFLATulations!

    Comment by Antipodeesse — June 28, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  9. Truly awesome news, Petite! Hope you and Tadpole love living there. I was a homeowner once and I have to say, DIY work when it’s YOUR place is much more satisfying than when you’re a renter. Just remember that whatever stress occurs during the preparation and move, it’s only temporary — keep repeating that to yourself as a mantra: “It’s temporary!” The stress is temporary but your new home is for keeps, as long as you want it!

    We’ll expect a few photos, too.

    Comment by The Bold Soul — June 28, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  10. Oh !!

    Lovely. I bet you feel all dazed and ‘jangling property from your wrists’. I did when I first bought a house.

    Hooray! But it’s more hassle than it’s flipping well worth.

    Comment by fjl — June 28, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

  11. Hurrah, now that it’s finally yours – you can fiddle about with it, to your heart’s content.

    And good luck with the furniture movers … only select the bearded people … as they are bound to be more trust worthy, because they look like Jesus.

    Comment by andre — June 28, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

  12. Petite, congratulations!!! This is soooo inspiring!! :0) I hope you post pics of your cute little pad!

    Comment by Dina — June 28, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  13. Hey Petite, that’s great – congrats!

    Comment by Melissa — June 28, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  14. Congratulations Petite!!

    All the best……….

    Oh, and pics of the movers please – if they’re cute ;)

    Comment by Kasey — June 28, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  15. Congratulations – that’s a big step, but I am sure it put you at peace. Hope the move goes well and you have fun fixing your way. Curious to see what tadpole sees in terms of decorating.

    Comment by Terry — June 28, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

  16. Wow, I have friends who live in Belleville and they want to move out !

    They’re quite happy(ish) but Mrs Woman gets browned off by people asking the way to Pierre lachaise – if they’re americain she sends them in the wrong direction.

    But there’s a good boulangerie for the sunday morning croissants .. it’s euhhm .. near the eglise, behind the Mairie …

    Comment by Damiel — June 29, 2006 @ 12:19 am

  17. Congrats, Petite. That is fantastic. Welcome to homeownership. Scary and fun all at the same time! Keep us posted on the furniture movers ;)

    Comment by Kat — June 29, 2006 @ 12:46 am

  18. Congratulations! Here’s to much fun and happiness in the new place. :)

    Comment by Magpie — June 29, 2006 @ 12:47 am

  19. All the very best wishes to you petite, and tadpole of course, hope you’ll be happy as little larks in your new abode.

    Comment by suze — June 29, 2006 @ 1:15 am

  20. Hey, well done.

    One foot further ahead in the life you want to lead.

    I *would* help with the removals, but I have a bad back (etc, delete as applicable)…

    Good for you though

    Comment by Martin — June 29, 2006 @ 1:54 am

  21. your new home/ neighbourhood sounds great! Please post some pics. Been to paris once only, always dreamed of living in one of those quaint apartments. Smell of freshly baked baquette every morning . .
    aah, love day-dreaming. sure beats my current reality!

    Comment by okdokes — June 29, 2006 @ 2:39 am

  22. Felicitations!
    I’m sure it feels marvellous to own something that is alllll yours! Hope you will be very very happy, both of you.

    Comment by Karma — June 29, 2006 @ 2:56 am

  23. Terrific Petite!! If you run into the Triplets, keep on running. Enjoy your new home!!

    Comment by Marguerite — June 29, 2006 @ 3:30 am

  24. As your older relatives will say, “Now you have your foot on the property ladder.” Onwards and upwards!

    Comment by Ria — June 29, 2006 @ 7:25 am

  25. Well done! What lovely news. x

    Comment by Clare — June 29, 2006 @ 7:40 am

  26. Congratulations!

    Comment by Sophie — June 29, 2006 @ 8:04 am

  27. Congrats! I’ve taken the liberty of cracking a bottle of Australian champagne-style sparkling wine in your honour! Just think of renovating as a 20 year plan and at least you won’t feel guilty about slow progress.

    Comment by miss tickle — June 29, 2006 @ 8:06 am

  28. Good luck with moving out.

    Comment by Loxias — June 29, 2006 @ 8:45 am

  29. Congratulations! What’s French for millstone?

    Comment by laurence — June 29, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  30. Hey Petite… so happy for you and Tadpole…have fun with the DIY

    Comment by becky — June 29, 2006 @ 10:01 am

  31. Here’s wishing you all the luck in the world. Moving is very stressful but it IS worth it in the end to have your own place.
    Hope you find some strong blokes to help with the heavy stuff!

    Comment by Sablonneuse — June 29, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    Your own home, how wonderful…

    Comment by Maria — June 29, 2006 @ 11:23 am

  33. Yippee! Great news. Think how relaxed you’ll be this fall. Cheers!

    Comment by Alethea — June 29, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  34. Congratulations. That’s a great area – we did a flat-swap for a weekend with a mate of by brother’s in Avenue Claude Vellefaux, just behind the hospital. It was a great location – close to everything, up the hill slightly so that the air actually moves in summer, nice views if you’re facing the right way, not too gentrified, but safe enough, and a good choice of exotic eating. You’re going to love it!

    And now that Johnny B’s place is almost done, his Methodical Builder can head straight over to your place and get started.

    Comment by Damian — June 29, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

  35. Ooh, you lucky thing! Congratulations!

    Comment by redlady — June 29, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  36. Congratulations!

    Comment by cass — June 29, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

  37. Congratulations, although I am happy not too be so close as to be recruted for the move! I am sure that Meetic is a better place to find big arms.

    Comment by Lost in France — June 29, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

  38. many congratulations!

    if i were in paris, i would bring you bread & salt for good luck…

    Comment by misshoax — June 29, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

  39. ***They’re quite happy(ish) but Mrs Woman gets browned off by people asking the way to Pierre lachaise – if they’re americain she sends them in the wrong direction.***

    Your wife is a bigot. Substitute any other nationality for ‘american’ and it doesn’t sound so funny, does it?

    Comment by liza — June 29, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

  40. The very best of luck in your new home. I urge all regular readers to donate the price of at least a pint of beer….. and hey if you can make it why not stretch to a tin of paint :)
    theres a button……

    ..its at the top…..

    …on the right!

    Comment by Meredic — June 29, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

  41. well, I don’t like to ask, but thank you for your donation meredic. Cashflow is terrifying at the moment. Terrifying. Donations are most welcome.

    Comment by petite — June 29, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

  42. i like belleville. i was there the other day…for some reason…

    Comment by piupiu — June 29, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

  43. I write from the Nurse’s Office in the Psychiatric Ward of l’Hopital de la Salpêtrière.
    Please tell me this and tell me no more.
    Do you in some way expect others to pay for your upkeep? And if you do, by what right ?
    If I ask, I do so as one who is also in need of financial support and sustencane.

    also remember that Belleville for me remains within stalking distance.

    Comment by Trevor — June 29, 2006 @ 9:13 pm

  44. congrats petite – am well jealous after commiting (is that the right word?) to yet another year of co-location…

    re decorating – I’d trust tadpole over anything I’ve seen on changing rooms any day

    Comment by sas — June 29, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  45. Congratulations. And make sure you remember in the morning what you dreamt the first night in your new flat – it will happen… :-)

    Comment by alcessa — June 29, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

  46. Euuhhmm Liza – I’m not married to ‘Mrs woman’ – she’s my friends wife .. i wouldn’t say bigoted either, she’s just has an aversion to any idiot tourist who’s unable to read a map and can’t distinguish between n/s/w/e .. she doesn’t care where people are from but has had enough of people (and especially lazy americans and brits) who can’t be bothered to learn a bit of the basic lingo for when they go on holiday … i’m sorry if it touched a nerve ;-/

    Comment by Damiel — June 29, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

  47. Congratulations m’dear!! You know I’d *love* to help you move but I really can’t risk breaking a nail… Maybe you need a barman? :D

    Comment by rhino75 — June 29, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

  48. Damiel,

    Interesting that you single out, “lazy americans and brits…” again. That’s ironic because the French have such a reputation for being lazy that even other French citizens verbally confirm that stereotype. Are you french, by chance?

    The thing with asking directions when in Paris is that there are many small streets, and there’s no obvious grid the way there is in New York, for instance. Even Parisians carry around their little maps, and they’re at home! How about some understand that streets don’t quite make sense to a foreigner?

    Lastly, it sounds like some do have problems pronouncing the “local names” but if they keep encountering rude french people who are too lazy to correct them because it’s noon and time for lunch or time to get home at 5:05pm, how will they learn that they’re making a mistake?

    Comment by phil — June 30, 2006 @ 12:11 am

  49. Congrats on being a homeowner……..and all the nightmares that can come with it. ;-)

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — June 30, 2006 @ 12:31 am

  50. Damiel,
    You appear to be an ass.

    Americans are people too, regardless of our opinions of them.

    Secondly, the graveyard is Pere Lachaise, not Pierre Lachaise. It really is worth a visit.


    Comment by John — June 30, 2006 @ 1:45 am

  51. Congratulations!!
    Are you bringing the temperamental Italian along?

    Comment by Belle — June 30, 2006 @ 8:52 am

  52. Apologies for the sporadic posting, so very busy, Tadpole and I are dashing off for a weekend by a friend’s pool to take a breather…

    Back Monday.

    Comment by petite — June 30, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  53. Congrats on the new place Petite! Good call on the weekend by the pool for a breather. It’s supposed to be 31 on Saturday

    Comment by la page française — June 30, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

  54. Ah, I wondered about the “Pierre” Lachaise bit. I thought it should be “Pere”, but was too cowed. Or maybe I was too lazy – I *am* american, after all.

    Mrs. Grenouille really does sound like a lovely person. If she put her mind to it, I’m sure she could come up with some backward maps, incorrect street signs and the like to further befuddle Annoying Tourists.

    Comment by Molly — June 30, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

  55. Ohh my goodness gracious me,i know one shouldn’t feed the trolls ..but soemetimes it just can’t be helped :o)

    Phil, my man – you’d be surprised as to how many french people speak other lnguages than français. They really have no other choice. It’s the same for every country on the planet; if you don’t speak english – or the american, lazy, bastardized version of it – then you’re screwed as far as business dealings go.

    I can seriously see the day – in 50 years or so – when indiginous, current mainstream languages are spoken only by ‘old people’ (people of my generation now, who have never set foot outside of their own country).

    No, i’m not french (by any chance). I’m a brit who’s decided to quit the easy life and make a real effort.

    Is it really so difficult to master ‘tourism’ level french ? really ? If you want to buy a croissant, order a beer, rent a car … is it really such a big effort to develop a vocabulary of 300 words ??

    If that’s too taxing, then i suggest yopu stay in Texas, boy ;-)

    Finally, it would seem self evident, that to suggest “…. people who are too lazy to correct them because it’s noon and time for lunch or time to get home at 5:05pm ” is stereotypical of someone who has a very limited understanding of how it is to be dealing with people who don’t speak your language – how would you deal with(as a random choice) a non english speaking chinese person ?

    Onto my favorite : pedantic John – mon pauvre p’tit bonhomme; tu suces des bites des amants de ta reum !! T’es un branleur qui n’arrives même pas a jouir tout seul dans le noir, avec les rideaux fermes, en plus !! Pwouahahhahaha p’tit con ! ça te va comme insult ?


    You’re gonna be working overtime to translate that one, dude. :o)

    Yes ricaïns are people, but i too tire of hearing “Ahhh geee Ronald, it’s just like back home but only smaller” – do you people really know the meaning of ‘silence is golden’ ?? I’m not all that convinced.

    Comment by Damiel — July 1, 2006 @ 12:03 am

  56. “she doesn’t care where people are from but has had enough of people (and especially lazy americans and brits) who can’t be bothered to learn a bit of the basic lingo for when they go on holidayx”

    Let’s see, shall I go on a “All French are…..” tirade just to even things out? No, because people can be idiots wherever they are from. It is a human trait, not one that differs from country to country. Fortunately, Damiel has just set an an example of this point.

    “i’m sorry if it touched a nerve ;-/”

    Stop lying, because you’re not sorry one damm bit……….

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — July 1, 2006 @ 12:24 am

  57. Well I am really very happy for you Petite and hpoe that you will soon post the photographs of your new house. I am really very happy for you and a regular reader of your blogs!

    Comment by Nike — July 1, 2006 @ 7:06 am

  58. As Damiel and his friend’s wife exemplify, the Parisians are notoriously unfriendly to foreigners and tourists, especially of the English-speaking variety.
    Many years ago I was in Paris for the weekend with a friend. His watch had stopped and he asked a policeman (in French, but with an English accent) the time. The policeman waved him away, replying that he was off duty….

    Comment by Jude — July 1, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

  59. Congratulations Petite, things seem to be looking up!!

    : ) Could I ask someone out there if they know how to put videos on the internet?

    I would really appreciate if you could help me out on this one as it is for an important interview

    Comment by Java — July 2, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

  60. ooh, Rhino
    Irish ones are best, if that’s any help

    Comment by Flighty — July 2, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

  61. damiel,

    ah. arrogant much, old man? you’re barking up the wrong tree with the americans+language statements. i speak 3 languages; french will be my fourth. unlike you, however, i have traveled quite a bit and do have compassion for travelers who are disoriented as i have found myself at times – even as a multilingual american (gasp!). seeing as how you’ve just skipped across the channel and taken the easy way out, i don’t imagine that you’d understand.

    an english speaking chinese, writing from paris, not a guy and not from texas but thoroughly enjoying your continued exposure of ignorance and lame assumptions,


    Comment by phil — July 3, 2006 @ 12:02 am

  62. Damiel: I grew up in Texas and started learning French when I was 7. You’d be surprised how many Texans speak something other than English or Texan. We find that it helps greatly in everyday life and business dealings.

    Petite: congrats on the new place, and for escaping for the weekend. We can’t wait to see pictures of Belleville. =)

    Comment by emily — July 3, 2006 @ 5:05 am

  63. Flighty : ‘Irish barmen are the best? ‘, LOL , I think you might be right, in terms of quantity of alcohol it is possible to get from one, but the Scots and the English would provide some very close competition ; )

    Comment by Java — July 3, 2006 @ 10:44 am

  64. Congrats Petite,

    I am really very happy for you as now you the proud owner of the house now! Now I hope that things are working fine for you. Please do post the photographs of your new house as soon as possible!

    Comment by Neel Willson — July 3, 2006 @ 11:07 am

  65. Geez people, can’t you just be pleased for Petite and take the arguments to your own blogs.

    And now, hypocritically: understand that Paris has 30 million tourists per year, so the French are understandably blase. Even my brother got so frustrated, when he lived there, that he would pretend not to understand English – our first language – in order to get to work on time.

    Comment by Damian — July 3, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  66. Flighty, I have to agree, Irish barmen ARE the best!!

    Comment by suze — July 3, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

  67. My boyfriend and I never had such a problem when visiting Paris. He is a Brit and I am French and I can testify that Parisians always helped us find our way every time we got lost in the city. Avec le sourire en plus! Your experience with Parisians do surprise me but perhaps we’ve just been lucky so far. Or is it because we spoke French with them?

    Petite – congratulations! We want to buy too but it will be in the UK, hopefully next year.

    Comment by Stephanie — July 3, 2006 @ 8:52 pm

  68. congratulations! if you need/want help you know where to email, i’d be more than happy :)

    Comment by stinkerbell — July 4, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

  69. For the record, 30 million is an average number of tourists for a major city. I’m in Boston, and we usually end up with about 27 million. Similarly, our city has no discernible grid (or any kind of street plan) so we have our fair share of lost tourists, speaking a variety of languages. I don’t think there’s any “excuse” for being annoyed with a person who is lost!

    Oh, and congrats to petite on your new home! ;)

    Comment by carrie — July 4, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

  70. Well Petite congrats for your new house as it’s really an amazing thing to go ahead with.

    Comment by Daniel Brown — July 5, 2006 @ 7:40 am

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