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London and Paris in a few weeks...


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

Comments (4)

Barb Cabot:

Brenda I'm so happy for you. This is going to be wonderful and memorable. Is the son who is going with you Michael? I'm not sure how many sons you have. That is great great news! You are obviously so well loved by your children and grandchildren. Having met you I can easily see why. You are so much fun! Keep us posted with the preparations for your travel. The anticipation and planning are all part of the joy.

Thank you so much, Barb!
Yep, that's my boy!
He told me that he'd planned their trip to London and Paris at the same time as ours. Ya gotta love a kid like that! I sure do...

How wonderful!! The apartment sounds lovely. I don't know Paris well, but the location sounds great. I can't wait to hear all about your fun there. When do you leave?

Thanks, Susan!
I am so excited about this trip! I've needed to go back to Paris and enjoy the city...I really didn't have time or the energy to enjoy it last trip. So, this is a special trip for me...with my granddaughter and my son along...I'm the most spoiled mother and grandmother in this Universe!

Brenda, that sounds so wonderful - I'm excited for you! And I love your new header photo - gorgeous!

Thanks for noticing...the photo is of lilacs along the Arno in Florence. I love lilacs, one of my favorite flowers ever.

Nancy L:

Brenda, you're living my dream, which is to take my granddaughters (3)to Italy when they're a little older.
I spent ten days in Paris and Versailles with my daughter years ago when she did a semester abroad - every moment was a memory!


I am so over-the-moon to be traveling with my granddaughter this summer! She is a very cool lady, and will be wide-eyed and thrilled, I'm sure. She's certainly excited about the trip!

I've take my oldest granddaughter to Hawaii and she and I also made a 4 days-of-driving road trip to Manitoba to my family's home for a family reunion.

Then, last fall, I took my 19 year old grandson to Rome. He loved it so much! We stayed in an apartment only a block from the Colosseum...he's a huge 'Gladiator' fan, so he spent every single spare moment at the Colosseum, talking with the guides, making friends with the 'soldiers' in ancient Roman costume...a wonderful trip for us.

You'll love it when they are old enough to travel with...I waited until they were in their teens to start, because I'm not a babysitting grandmother, if you know what I mean!

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