It appears that my husband HAS to be in Paris for work and wants me to be his porter - lucky me. Because his work will be close to La Defense metro(in the west), we are looking for a quiet locale within a 30-minute public transport commute to La Defense. Ideally, we want a residential area with fresh farmers' markets, cafes and independent shops. Of course, for my own selfish reasons, I would like to be within a 30-minute public transport commute to the eastern parts of Paris (lunch at Septime, Tous, or L'ebauchoir (thanks Paris chowhounders!), searching for new restaurants, walking around Butte-aux-Cailles, visiting small galleries or art studios, etc.).
After much research, the only places I have found that might fit the commute times and be somewhat nice to live in are:
Neuilly-sur-Seine (might lengthen my commute)
Saint Cloud (maybe too far out?)
However, having never been to these areas, I have no idea if they would provide the cozy neighborhood and have the farmers' markets, cafes, independent shops, etc., or if I am wrong in my assessment of these areas...
What do you think? Do you have other recommendations for a quiet neighborhood that you would perch yourself for six months, if you weren't already living in Paris, that is. We're kinda open but not open to areas with lots of tall glass buildings, students, bus loads of tourists, nightclubs, noise, construction...Yeah, we're kinda boring...
Merci beaucoup! (I need to brush up on my high school French, god help me!)