Paris Blog: A time-lapse video–Moving into the apartment in 40 seconds (and what happens when a box falls from five stories up)

Last week, we showed you our final apartment selection with the House Hunters style series.  However, getting all of our stuff into our apartment was probably even more fun.

This was for two reasons.  First, we quite honestly weren’t sure it was all going to fit.  While we knew the raw contents would easily fit – we weren’t so sure about the boxed variant.  The moving company that had been hired by the relocation team was rather…thorough…in their packing job.  Two shoes would somehow take up a box bigger than an old school sized big screen TV.  All in, we had 96 boxes per the inventory list.  Not small boxes either – these were grocery cart sized boxes.  Holy cow!

The second reason it was fun was because we knew they were going to setup an elevator outside.  Yup, seriously: Outside.  While we had an elevator inside – it only goes to the 4th floor, and we live on the 5th floor.  Further, with 96 boxes, that would take a long time.  Instead, they bring this with them:

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It literally lifts the boxes up to our apartment window.  Check out this quick video I shot of it in action:

Paris external elevator in action!

With the movers going in full speed, our job was merely to sort boxes into a few core piles based on final resting place.  And notably – to ensure that boxes going upstairs (to the 6th floor) were carried up there by them.  We didn’t have them unpacking things (even though it was included), because quite frankly it just would have turned into a game of them asking every 10 seconds where to put something – and we really had no idea in most cases.  So we did that ourselves (well, are still doing it).

But, what exactly does 4 hours of move-in look like when all compressed together?  Well, here ya go – a sweet time-lapse I shot using a GoProHD2 with an external battery pack.  Enjoy!

Moving in under 40 seconds

But what about that box falling off that I mentioned?  Did you catch it in the video?

Now you have to understand that we greatly appreciate the external elevator thingy, but they weren’t too keen on always using the side-panel protectors/doors – leaving our loot to easily fall off.  And that’s exactly what happened.  But first, here’s what it should look like up (except there is no back protector at all):

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The Girl and I were standing at the window watching for our wedding bike parts to come up to the apartment (as that was headed to a different storage location, back on the truck), we noticed one box a wee bit closer to the edge.  We then watched as the mover man prepared to remove our TV he in turn dislodging the other box, sending it over the side.  You can see The Girl’s reaction shortly thereafter (as well as mine):

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However, the saving grace here was the tiny railing bar we have below the windows, which caught one corner, and then the second corner caught our gutter – magically getting caught there.  Thus preventing it from falling five stories below into a rack of Paris souvenir t-shirts below (or a souvenir shopper).

We decided from there on out, we weren’t watching the boxes anymore.  Plausible deniability seemed the best plan here.

Thankfully, the rest of the move went without any gravity-related incidents – and the only issue we ended up with was where exactly to put all those trainers…

Until next time – thanks for reading!  We’re going to start swinging into more of our day to day Paris life stuff now that our move pieces are out of the way.  Enjoy!

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7 Comments

  1. That elevator lift thinger is wild!

    You have great natural light in you apartment! (You'd hear that on House Hunters!)

    Sarah
    http://www.thinfluenced.com

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  2. Lieven

    These elevators are quite common over here. In Belgium you can even rent one and operate it yourself.

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  3. Lieven, I was thinking the same thing. But then again, I only used such an elevator for moving my couch via the window because it was too big. All the other stuff could go via the normal elevator.

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  4. Greg

    Funny after reading your blog/tests for several years with you testing in so many different (remote) locations, you now live like half a kilometers from my own place.
    Now,
    - for swimming;
    as you may have seen, there is a pool right behind your home (Pontoise), very nice, but a bit small.
    - for riding;
    To do some rounds, you can go to the "bois de Vincennes", eastern part of Paris, where you have a 3 km round with plenty of cyclists. You can go there pretty easily by the bank on the other side of the Seine river.
    For longer rides and a bit of heigth (limited, though...), you can go the la vallée de la Chevreuse, SW of Paris.
    if you want to do MTB, you can go in the woods/hills around Meudon/Clamart, SW of Paris as well. You can even go from near Paris to the Versailles castle, just staying in the woods!
    - For running, well, Paris is big! On Sundays, cars are banned on the lower roads of both Seine banks. You can also run in the Promenade plantée (an old railway track, like the High Line in NYC), that goes from Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes.

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  5. This is the best neighborhood you can find in Paris. I used to live just behind your flat 23 years ago when I was student at the lycee Fenelon. That was in rue des grands degres, just above the restaurant " aux 3 bourriques".
    Make sure that you will be in the neighborhood on the last week end of June next year. This is the "fete de la musique" and is absolutely amazing in this area...

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  6. Hah! I absolutely love the still shot of your reactions. Priceless. Glad nothing was damaged or lost.

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  7. Ken

    Come on, Ray, didn't you ride that elevator up or down?!?

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