Trash Talk

Our good friends Jerry and Jeanie are bee keepers. Did you notice how we focus on bees with some of our posts? Jerry has educated us on the importance of bees and the environment.

We also try to keep up with the latest “trash innovations.”  Jeanie’s grandson, Jake knows a lot about trash and he has spiked my interest in it also. So this post is dedicated to Jake.

The City of Paris makes a lot of trash. It is estimated that each person living in the city makes 1,600 lbs of trash in a year. This does not take into account the tourists or industrial waste. That is A LOT of trash!

But they are also big on recycling. We have three different trash cans:

One for glass…

Apt. Glass Recycle Bin

One for recycling…yellow lid


Apt. Trash and Recycle Bins

One for the trash that is left….

Here is some of our trash ready to be recycled.



They recycle everything possible: cans, plastic cellophane, cardboard, plastic, paper, and glass. You look for the recycle icon on labels and that helps you know what is recyclable.


There are some items that do not recycle well. Such as light bulbs, batteries, or the hard plastic lids from milk bottles or cola bottles. There are bins in the local stores for you to bring those items. Pretty cool!

recycle at store

Some neighborhoods also have these large bottle recycle bins. You deposit the bottles according to color.

glass bin

I am glad this city is trying to control litter and trash, but just like any huge city…..there will always be trash…..everywhere. Maybe Jake will be able to work on this problem for us.

street trash







Home Away From Home

Some of you have asked about our flat. I don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures of the flat because it is not ours…even though I could claim it right now! I can share about the neighborhood and surroundings.

Street Sign

Our front door.

Apartment Front Doors

Inside the lobby looking out and the Christmas Tree in the lobby.

indide door Noel Tree at 8 rue Bremontier, Paris 75017

Susan  and Michael have a beautiful home. It is filled with memories. That is the only way for me to describe it. Treasures from a lifetime of travel: books, trinkets, art work and small souvenirs. It is very comfortable and cozy.

By Paris standards this flat is huge. A large entryway, nice sized living/dining room, TV room, generous bedroom and two bathrooms.The galley kitchen is outfitted with modern cabinetry and appliances.

Apartment CourtyardView from Living Room Window

Courtyard of the apartments. We overlook this garden from the second floor.

The neighborhood is quiet and clean yet close to town. The Metro stop is right across the street.

8 rue Bremontier to Left of Church

We have a church next door….love the bells ringing. A pharmacy, book store, several restaurants, neighborhood schools and banks are in this area. The grocery stores are within walking distance as well as several other shopping establishments.  La Poste is right around the corner. It is a small community within the larger city.

Flower Shop Franprix Grocery Store3 Apartment Bldg. to Left of Church

Robert even got his haircut in the neighborhood.

03-12-2012 Coiffure barber shop

Thanks for stopping by today. We’ll be home soon. I can’t believe it is so close!