Last summer, I decided to return to Paris.
It was a life-changing decision for me...my last trip to Paris in 2005 was completely consumed while dealing with a theft from my carry-on. I spent many hours over my precious few days in Paris sitting in a police station in the 18th Arrondissement. Considering that I only had 7 days in Paris, every second spent in a police station was another second I didn't get to spend with my son, exploring Paris for the first time.
Once I made the decision to go back to Paris again, I invited my 17 year old granddaughter to join me and she was ecstatic to be asked! Of course, she said yes!
Then, I began looking for a spectacular place for us to stay. I posted a question on my favorite travel site, Slowtrav, asking for a recommendation for favorite locations in Paris. The general consensus pointed me to the 6th Arrondissement, or St-Germain-des-Prés, as it is also called.
While browsing on VRBO, I found an apartment in the 6th that I absolutely fell in love with at first sight. I loved the location and the amenities of this place. Besides being a loft, it is newly renovated and gorgeously furnished. It also has two skylights and mile-high windows, with a view of the Eiffel Tower from the bedroom window. There is also wireless internet, free phone calls to anywhere in the Universe, an all-new stainless steel kitchen with every kind of necessity, including a washer for laundry!
This apartment is a former artist’s studio, located on the top floor of an elegant 19th century building with an elevator. An elevator! And air-conditioning for the hot summer days! It is right beside Jardin du Luxembourg, smack-dab in the center of a thousand great cafes and restaurants and close to the Seine, the Louvre and a ga-zillion other lovely places.
Needless to say, it's all about location, location, location!
The icing on the cake?
My son just told me he is coming back to Paris with us. That makes this trip perfection for me...having my kids and grandkids willing and excited about traveling with me. Amazing!
"Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.” ~ John Berger