Each time Lulu Anna made a visit, we received an email with the date and time of the visit. At the end of her plant watering activity and our vacation period, we received a recap (récapitulatif) and cost for each visit.
Because we had some specific watering techniques at the beginning, we offered to pay her an additional ten euros and that was reflected officially on the document. Our orchids needed a special weekly bath; the other plants a good watering twice a week.
We came back from vacation for the first time with plants blooming and fruit on the vine!
Lulu Anna came over and we paid what was remaining after the initial deposit and took the keys back. Voilà! Happy with Lulu Dans Ma Rue.
How it started
From our balconettes (Parisian wrought iron window fences), we are enjoying our carrots – getting fatter every day, fresh cherry tomatoes, and wild strawberries; the plants are blooming. BUT who will water them while we are on vacation? Lulu Anna.
The city of Paris (Mairie de Paris) is in partnership with the association Lulu dans ma rue (Lulu on my street). Need a helping hand taking things to the cellar (cave)? Ironing? Water your plants? Clean the house? Computer help? Assemble your easy-to-assemble new furniture? Handy work around the house? Sewing? Cook your food? Be a server at your party? Walk your dog? And the list goes on! Each service has its Lulu dans ma rue price either by the half hour or the visit. You can even start your own micro-business and become a Lulu.**
How Lulu Works
Call the “concierge” who collects the information and puts you in contact with a Lulu.
Every Lulu is insured, reports their earnings and you receive fifty percent off your taxes. There is a “paper trail” of contact information with emails from the first moment you call the “concierge”. Once the concierge finds a Lulu for your required dates, the Lulu sends you an SMS to set up a meeting date to discuss the particulars. The Lulu comes to your home, you decide whether the key stays with the city’s kiosk (currently three according to your neighbourhood) or goes directly to the Lulu, determine payment (we paid half in advance for watering our plants) and determine the dates the visits should be made.
The kiosks currently are near Metro Saint-Paul, Metro Villiers, and Metro Commerce. Contact the concierge at Lulu dans ma rue to find out if your arrondissement has a kiosk (more will be added) or is covered by an existing kiosk. If not, not to worry, you can still receive help but the service charge will be a little higher. Call 01 73 74 89 52 for all your questions.
Video of the Lulu story
The concept of Lulu dans ma rue is about socialising the neighbourhood/quartier; locals helping each other, lending a hand. The video Lulu dans ma rue – c’est l’histoire d’un quartier explains (in French) the story (click on the “CC” icon of the video for French captions.
Charles Edouard Vincent began the Lulu dans ma rue association in April 2015 in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. Beginning with the enthusiastic support of about one hundred people, the concept of the non-profit was and is to bring together the neighbourhoods and the inhabitants. Each individual can render mutual services and avoid isolation.
Be a Lulu
** Want to be a Lulu in your neighbourhood and put your skills to work, have experience, set your hours, receive help setting up your micro-business from the association, attend commercial and technical workshops, and earn between 8 and 30 euros an hour? Follow the Lulu toolbar option “Devenez Lulu” (become a Lulu).
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Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world.
I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!