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Tue May 28, 2019, 05:25 AM

Tales from Paris: our elevator gets stuck, a lot

Our building is very old (I estimate 1890s) and has a miniscule elevator jammed into the middle of the spiral staircase. We live on the 4th floor, or as Americans would call it the 5th floor. The elevator has broken down three times since we moved here, once with us in it. So that along with the acknowledgment of the kind of food I'm eating makes me try to take the stairs more, all four flights of them (yes: four flights to the American fifth floor; programmers will understand this intuitively).

The first day we got here the elevator broke down with both of us in it. This elevator is about 3 feet by 5 feet, maybe. This is common enough that there's a placard about what to do. Press this magical yellow button and it will put you in touch with a kind of dispatch, tell them "Je suis arreté entre deux ètages" ("I am stopped between two floors" ) . The dispatch lady was nice and said help would be there within an hour ("bon courage!", she helpfully added). In the event it only took about 40 minutes, but I've been leery of the elevator since then.

My leeriness normally decreases with my exhaustion, so usually at the end of a day I will roll the dice and take my chances. But last night I thought of how much I've been eating and decided four flights up would be good for me.

It seems simple, four flights. It's a fairly tight spiral and has rails on both sides to lean against. But by 3 I was panting and pulling with my arms like a climber on the last leg of Everest. My wife stepped out of the elevator and called down to ask how I was doing.

"Je suis arreté entre deux ètages" floated pathetically up the stairwell. Sometimes a fate is inescapable.

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Recursion May 2019 OP
babylonsister May 2019 #1
Recursion May 2019 #2
babylonsister May 2019 #6
DFW May 2019 #11
hlthe2b May 2019 #3
Kind of Blue May 2019 #7
James48 May 2019 #4
Recursion May 2019 #5
IcyPeas May 2019 #8
DFW May 2019 #14
Phentex May 2019 #9
BigmanPigman May 2019 #10
OceanPete May 2019 #12
elleng May 2019 #13

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 06:58 AM

1. When

did you move to Paris, you lucky duck?

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #1)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:12 AM

2. Neuilly-sur-Seine, technically

But, three weeks ago, for the next three years. Hopefully I will have some fun things to report.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:52 AM

6. I look forward

to your reports and am green with envy. Enjoy!!

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Wed May 29, 2019, 01:03 PM

11. How come all the way out there?

Work-related, family related or nothing suitable in town?

I'm in town about once a week, by the way, Usually 2ième and 9ième. and never have time or much else unless I spend the night, which is pretty much never. But I did find he time to have a nice lunch with California Peggy when she was there last week, so sometimes an hour can be stolen.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:19 AM

3. I'm quite surprised there WAS an elevator...

None of the small historical hotels (most often near the Louvre) I ever stayed in, had them. If I hadn't known before the importance of packing LIGHT, any trip to Paris certainly underscored. Those single bag travel backpacks, that I'd always ignored over wheeled bags suddenly made oh so much sense!

Hang in there!

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:56 AM

7. Indeed, exactly what I was thinking.

And I'm not even talking hotels but apartments. I was amazed by my host's behemoth of a dad pushing 70 at the time just breeze up flights and flights and flights of stairs. I was wheezing and pretty young then and he'd look back at me pitifully. Soon though the body got used to all them stairs in all those buildings. I don't know how I'd fare now though.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:35 AM

4. And this is why

The French live longer than Americans.

It’s all those stairs up and down.

And it’s why 1st floor Apartments (on the second floor) rent for a higher price than top floor apartments.

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Response to James48 (Reply #4)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:37 AM

5. Yup

My breakfast today was foie gras and cherry preserves spread on a slice of baguette. I'm still losing weight.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 02:35 PM

8. how do people move large furniture?

the elevator is small.... the stairs are spiral?

how do you get a sofa or bed or refrigerator or anything up there?

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #8)

Thu May 30, 2019, 04:27 PM

14. I knew someone in Sprout City with that same problem. The solution was a bang you head solution

A crane was brought in and the loaded the bulky stuff from outside through the widest window in the living room.

I promise I did not make this up.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 04:32 PM

9. Ah, the stairs it is!

After being stuck once, I'd do the same thing and just deal with the stairs. My knees would not be happy!

Good luck!

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 07:02 PM

10. I lived in an old building in Nice that was from the 1910s

and it had a spiral staircase too. My little dog and I took both the loud, marble stairs and the elevator. It never got stuck but was often too crowded so we took the stairs a lot. Your heart will benefit and I am sure you are walking a lot like most in European cities. I never gained weight and ate tons of delicious food, I attribute it to the hours of walking each day and the fresh, in season food.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:02 PM

12. Paris living

My parents and siblings moved to Paris in 1951 for the rest of their lives and we never counted on an elevator; such that living on the 5th floor (IE 6th) their regular walks up and own to markets and wine cellars allowed them to live beyond their 80"s. Read their book Paris Confidential if traveling there.
P.S. I'd run up to the first floor of the Eiffel tower at lunch every day at school to train for my bike races. Enjoy the scenery and not the snobbishness! Bon Appetit!

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:59 PM

13. Mon dieu!

Bonne chance!

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