How Things Work in the House
There is high-speed fiber internet service from Orange (France Telecom) in the apartment. The wifi network to connect to is: Ile St. Louis Wifi and the password is: iloveparis.
There is one landline phone in the TV room/den. All local calls, as well as calls to the USA & Canada are free. (See footnote on page 1 about calling to/from France).
In the living room, there is a tower speaker that can play music via a Bluetooth adapter. To play music (or any audio) go to the Bluetooth settings of your device (phone, laptop, etc.) and pair with eSYNIC4.0 Dock from the list of available Bluetooth connections. If eSYNIC4.0 Dock does not appear as an available Bluetooth connection, unplug and then re-plug the eSYNIC Bluetooth adapter onto the iPod port on the top of the speaker. (It “goes to sleep” after a period of inactivity). After a few seconds, a blue light should flash on the adapter. This indicates its ready to pair with your device. Once connected, you can play anything from your device – iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Podcasts, etc.
Most visitors will want to watch programming from the Apple TV that streams an array of programming from Netflix to HBO to Britbox to US cable TV channels (via Youtube TV).
To watch TV, turn on the TV using the power button on the LG remote. (If the source doesn’t appear as HDMI2, press the INPUT button to select HDMI2. The Apple TV box is connected to HDMI2). Only use the LG remote to turn the TV on/off and select the input.
Then, using the Apple TV remote (small, thin, black remote, press the Menu button to turn on the Apple TV (A small white light will turn on on the Apple TV box).
You will be presented with whatever was last viewed. To get to the “top level” keep pressing the Menu button until the TV shows all the icons showing programming options – Apple TV+, YouTube TV, HBO, etc. Using the touchpad above the Menu button (slide your finger left, right, up and down just like on a laptop), navigate to whatever service you want to watch and click on the touchpad to select.
You can get “US basic cable” channels – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, etc. by selecting YouTube TV. In YouTube TV, there are three top-level menu choices: Library, Home and Live. (A colored underline indicates what’s currently selected). Library has recorded shows, Home lists suggestions (based on prior viewing) and Live lists what’s playing now on all the channels. Use the touchpad to highlight the selection you want then click to select.
To get out of YouTube TV (or any other service), keep pressing Menu until you’re back at the top level. If you use Netflix, please use the Guest account.
If you want to watch local, French TV, using the LG remote, press the Input button to select HDMI1. Then, using the Orange remote, press the power button to turn on the Orange cable box. Then use the Orange remote to navigate to the channel you’re interested in.
Electricity is expensive in France. We ask that you please turn off all lights, and fans when not in use, and every time you leave.
Most modern electronics – laptops, iPhones, etc. – have switching power supplies that can detect to 110v or 220v current. (If your power supply says something like 110v – 240v, it can adapt to voltages in that range). But you’ll likely need an adapter to convert your plug to the French standard. There are some in the apartment, but they have a tendency to disappear. You can purchase a US=>French adapter from most Monoprix supermarkets, home/hardware stores) like BHV or electronics stores like Darty.
Many US (110v) electronic appliances like hair dryers or curling irons do not have a switching power supply and will be ruined if you plug them in in France, and may short out the electricity in the apartment. (There’s a hair dryer in the drawer beneath the bathroom sink, and on the lower level, there’s another hairdryer in the top drawer of the chest).
- PLEASE DO NOT cut on our countertop -Use the supplied cutting boards
- Stove – The stove must be lit with a match. (There should be plenty of matches near the stove). The diagram next to each gas knob portrays the quadrant the burner is in by mimicking two arms of a cross that define each quadrant. |__ indicates the burner in the upper right-hand corner, while __| indicates the burner in the upper left-hand corner.
- Oven – Open the oven before turning it on to be sure it is empty. (Sometimes, pots or trays are stored in the oven). Turn the knob on the left until the desired cooking symbol appears. Each symbol shows how the heat is distributed. Next, turn the dial on the right to select the temperature in Celsius, then press OK to start.
- Coffee machine – There is a Nespresso espresso machine in the kitchen. To turn on, flip the switch at the rear bottom right hand corner. Fill the clear jug with filtered water and place it back in the machine. Lift the lever at the top and insert a Nespresso coffee capsule with the flat part facing you, then press down on the lever. The lights will flash until the machine is ready. Once the lights are solid, push the cup icon button on the left for a short coffee, or the button on the right for a tall coffee. If you run out of Nespresso coffee capsules, they can be purchased from Nespresso stores around Paris. Alternately, you can purchase compatible Carte Noir or L’Or Espresso capsules
For frothed milk, pour milk in the frother to just below the top of the spinning mechanism and press the large button on the outside of the frother. It’s important to wipe out the milk frother right away after use or it will develop a coating of milk calcification and stop working.
The garbage bins are located on the ground floor in the courtyard. The French are extremely rigorous about separating garbage into recyclable categories. There are separate bins for garbage, plastic, glass, paper, etc. Please respect these conventions and place the correct type of trash in the correct bins.
Please refrain from emptying your trash, especially glass, outside the hours of 9am – 8pm. The courtyard creates a loud echo and dumping glass late at night or early in the morning disturbs the entire apartment building. Thank you for your consideration.
Please close all the windows when you leave the apartment to keep rain & birds out! If the weather is hot, you can close the metal blinds in the living/dining area to keep it cool. At night, open the windows & enjoy the cool air. There are rarely bugs in Paris.
Washer & Dryer
There is a washer/dryer combo unit in the upstairs bathroom. Instructions are next to the machine. It does a decent job washing as long as it’s not over-filled. It does a poor job drying. Typically, we hang our clothes to dry in the bathroom. The heated towel rack is a useful aid.
The apartment has it’s own small hot water heater (in the cupboard in the main bathroom). It’s generally adequate for normal use. If you run out of hot water, it regenerates quite quickly.
Toilets in France are almost always in a small, separate room from the larger bathroom. Ours is no different. It’s a bit of a squeeze, but we like to think it’s all part of the charm of being in France.
In the toilet on the main floor, the flusher is a handle on the pressurized water tank above the toilet. Please make sure the handle returns to the horizontal position or it will continuously flush.
The chemical toilet on the lower level in the 2nd bedroom is sensitive to anything but liquid. Please don’t flush anything non-liquid down it, including paper. If you need to use paper, please use the upstairs toilet.
There is an iron in the bathroom and the ironing board is in the w.c (behind the curtain). Please ensure that you use bottled water in the iron. There is a high level of calcium in the Paris water, so the iron tends to clog up if tap water is used.
There is a hairdryer in the bathroom in the drawer beneath the sink. On the lower level, there is another hairdryer in the top drawer of the chest.
Heated Towel Rack
It’s a small luxury to have warm & dry towels every day. Find the on/off switch on the bottom of the rack. Regulate it either for several hours or longer by pressing the timer.