Month: January 2010

Happy Weekend + Last Paris Post

One last batch of Polaroids….

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Happy Friday my dears! Today concludes my series of posts on my Paris trip. Thank you so much for coming along with me! Don’t forget to enter for the macaron giveaway. Will draw a name from a hat tomorrow!! Have a wonderful weekend! What do you have planned? As usual I have a mountain of laundry!

My Paris Apartment: The Details

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Hello! As promised, here are the details on my Paris apartment. I found this beautiful place in the 16th Arrondissement last year on the vacation rental site VRBO.com. (I’ve also rented apartments in Rome and in Washington D.C. through them). I friend of mine recommended the site to me several years ago and I’ve been very happy with the results.
Each apartment is individually owned and listed on VRBO.com, and while I can’t vouch for all the owners, my landlords in Paris couldn’t be more gracious or obliging.

If you’re interested in renting the apartment, here’s the link. The building is aging and has a few quirks, but the apartment is beyond charming. Here’s the link to more pictures on my flickr page.

As you’d expect, the rates are lower in winter, when the airfares are also on special. I flew to Europe on Air France with a last minute deal spotted on their website.

The next place I’d like to go is Barcelona.

Ladurée Macaron Giveaway!!

French Macarons

As a thank you for all your wonderful comments during my trip to Paris, I wanted to give away this special box of macarons — purchased this week at the Ladurée Champs-Elysees store!! To enter, just leave a comment here. The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday! Merci!
Meanwhile, a few more Paris posts to follow…xoxo

UPDATE: The winner of the macarons is Megan Maloy!

A View of the Arctic

Over the Arctic


Daylight is brief at the top of the world this time of year, but my flight home from Paris took me over the Polar Ice Cap and I managed to catch a view of moonrise and sunlight glinting off the pressure ridges in the ice. From 35,000 feet, they look like mountain ranges.

Lovely as it was, it was hard not to be shaken by the view of the broken sea ice that followed. It’s a reminder that global warming challenges us all.
Home now in LA, with lots of memories of Paris and things to think about….
PS: I’m not sure if I told you this, but four years ago I wrote about this little documentary concerning this subject. I begged the producers to let me do the story while the film was still being edited. No one was really talking about global warming much back then — except for one man who I had the honor of interviewing. The film turned into a very big deal. I’m very proud that LA Times was the first news organization to have the story. Here are the links to the old clips if you want to see them…

Macarons

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On this, my last night in Paris, I went to dinner at Ladurée on the Champ Elysees. I had the best Club Sandwich of my life in the bar (along with a glass of champagne). Of course, I couldn’t leave without getting a little box of macarons to take home. It’s past midnight here, and the cab is arriving at 7:30 a.m. I’m excited because my friend Elaine, who lives here in Paris, is flying back with me to Los Angeles. And if I can manage to rustle the money together, I would love to come back with her when she returns to Paris in March.

My vacation — including airfare and my beautiful apartment — cost less than $1,800 for the entire week. Economical, I think, for expensive Paris. I’ll give you all the details on how to rent apartment, if you’re interested, when I get settled back in LA. I also have lots of Polaroids of the city I want to scan to show you. So, will see you soon. Thank you for keeping me wonderful company on my trip. I’ve loved and savored all your comments!

Xoxox

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