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.
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…
Most of the paper treasures — excluding the my spent Metro tickets – were found at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market. (Thank you for suggesting it!) It made for a lovely Sunday morning. Afterwards, I had a croque-monsieur and a hot chocolate at a nearby cafe…
I only have one day left in Paris before I head back to LA. Sigh…
PS: Thank you Kevin for the mention today on LA Observed. Even after a terrible trauma, a girl must go on living her life, you know? Off to have macarons at Laduree on the Champ Elysees.