It's been some thirty plus years since there were any water purity issues in Europe (though I've heard of recent problems in Barcelona), but that doesn't mean you should drink every bit of water you see. ... In older buildings where you're not sure of the water supply, it's wise to drink filtered water or buy your water at the store, especially if you are staying there for an extended period. ... All but about 3 percent of public pipelines containing lead have been replaced with nontoxic materials, according to the American Water Works Association, a water-treatment industry scientific and educational group.
Now, instead of walking to the end of the block to the store, we have a Monop (a mini Monoprix) three doors away next to the pastry shop,at 33 rue de Vaugirard. It's a far bigger selection than the Huit a 8 at the end of the block though their selection of fruits and vegetables leaves much to be desired. We are back in our apartment for 10 days and enjoying refinding old loves and finding new ones.