a long day’s journey into night

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hi toute le monde! it feels like it’s been awhile since i’ve been able to sit and blog and in fact it meant missing dinner tonite to work on it and all my other techno stuff. i’ve had quite to bit to eat anyway so missing a meal is probably a pretty good thing, actually.

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it’s been a hectic trip with almost every minute scheduled and lots of moving around. today we bid farewell to another apartment fantastique and moved down the rue to another enchanting beauty. the apartment we left is rarely empty but if you’re a st. germain fan, you can not beat it for location and atmosphere. oh, and charm, technology, decor and all the trimmings!

haveninparis.com/rental/stgermainluxe

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www.haveninparis.com/rental/ecoles

our new flat was a complete surprise. i had seen photos on the site but was not even close to prepared for what was behind this door.

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it’s a corner unit with a balcony and completely surrounded by windows.

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it’s open and bright with pretty furniture and fabrics.

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of course it’s also tres charmant and as all haven’s apartments, it’s got a washer and dryer, free phone to the u.s. and wifi that actually works.

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oh, and of course tons of great artwork and books and movies, and have i gone on about this company enough? i’m a convert!

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i guess what blew both gen and me away was the view ultimately. we can see sacré-coeur, notre dame,

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and the moyen age ruins being excavated and restored just below. truly an incredible spectacle that brought me back to my roots. the reason i came to france and paris so long ago was as a volunteer on archaeological expeditions with volunteers for peace. looking down at it made me long for those days. i have been craving something lately, a change in my life that focuses on the planet.

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as i strolled around the new hood i started to notice the little things that paris is doing to make itself more green. this may not be the most attractive option but it’s a way for everyone to be able to recycle. not all buildings have recycling separation so conscientious consumers can toss it here.

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there are a couple of bio (organic) places popping up

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and some of the street cleaning is done by hand as opposed to giant machines. i mean of course they have them but man power is still going strong.

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anyway, i’ve been up and down every possible arrondisement, meeting today with a great couple from clickappart.com

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and finishing touches in montmartre with jean on her apartment.

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up in that area i found the love wall

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got the goods

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and stopped at one of my favorite perfume shops. i’ll fill in all the details later but it’s getting pretty late and of course i insanely scheduled and early meeting.

a quick shout out to fifi for her lovely paintings of some of my shots this week!

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http://www.fififlowers.com/

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and a congrats to my guy for his mention in the times. he’s importing a pasta that’s been a bit of a secret at hotels and restaurants but is now in some stores like fresh direct. it’s fresh from italy and is organic, best of all it’s a little purse filled with 4 cheeses and pear. absolument to die for and completely addictive!

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ok, i could go on and on and on with pics and events and areas and stores and windows and the photo shoots and all that happens in one afternoon! ok one more! i wish i could do this one day for a minute! maybe friday…for now bon nuit!

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April 23, 2009. Uncategorized.

20 Comments

  1. Judith replied:

    Gorgeous post as always Claudia! I am loving the apartment hopping and the pics! Great trip!!! Stay safe and have fun!!!! Can’t wait to see more! Makes me wish so badly I was there. PS the rolls fabric that’s my favorite pic!
    xoxo
    Judith~

  2. Nadine Bouler replied:

    breathtaking pics– I truly enjoyed hearing about your new apt, etc. And that balcony– I almost opened a bottle of red to make the fantasy complete. Best, Nadine

  3. Stephanie replied:

    I’m curious about the perfume shop. All of your photos are so great. I feel like I’m taking a mini trip without leaving my home through your posts. Thank you!

  4. Sande Chase replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    If you knew how many times I dream about moving to Paris (like a zillion other women)you would know why I just love your posts. Do you offer rental advice?

  5. lmmerrill replied:

    A, mon Dieu – those parquet floors! Le sigh…

  6. Fifi Flowers replied:

    FAB photos… LOVE the shot with wine glasses on table and all the rooftops… GRAND view!!!
    Oooh la la… thank you for the shout out!
    ENJOY!
    Fifi

  7. sk replied:

    wow love the photos!! that balcony with the view is wonderful.

    i wish the people in the last picture could see how lovely they looked that afternoon.

  8. kayellen replied:

    Beautiful Claudia…love the photos and home tour:)

    Fun to see Fifi’s art:)too!

    Take Care,

    kayellen

  9. Vicki Archer replied:

    I am exhausted just reading your schedule Claudia – hope you had some delicious rest. Lovely tour as alaways, xv.

  10. moggit girls replied:

    When can we move in? ;)

  11. Sinead replied:

    Oh my gosh! So very fabulous. I’m “homesick.” Thanks so much for posting these photos, Claudia. They bring back so many memories. And if you ever need anyone to come along and carry your bags. . .

  12. stilettoheights {Jennifer} replied:

    I just get chills whenever I look at archeological ruins of any kind, really wonderful. Like a momentary time travel. Such an amazing view, I think I could stare at it for hours and just day dream.

  13. rochambeau replied:

    All beautiful!! including you taking the time to share!
    Hugs from afar!
    xox
    Constance

    Nice painting from Fifi Flowers too!

  14. Laura replied:

    Tres chic and I love how the apartment has an amazing mixture of classic furniture pieces along with modern. All class, but your pictures are breath taking.

    Come and stop by and let us know what your definition of a true survivor is?!

  15. Kelli replied:

    C, I love all your posts while in Paris. Your schedule sounds more than hectic but the weather is treating your very fairly!
    Keep on keepin on and continue to bring us the best of Paris!
    Bisous

  16. simon replied:

    Brilliant shots and a very nice apartment in everyway. I felt a twinge of “home sickness!”

  17. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    I love my tour of Paris with you . Your flat seems gorgeous ! thanks for sharing, Claudia

  18. meg manion silliker replied:

    ok that apartment is gorgeous! those windows – how wonderful. it must be so beautiful with spring coming alive – i am loving all of your posts. you get my heart beating! i am inheriting two paintings of paris done by my aunt from our trip long long ago…it seems like paris is everywhere today perhaps that is a sign!! have a wonderful day. xo m.

  19. YSLGuy replied:

    I love all of your pictures. The new apartment is gorgeous. All those windows must make for spectacular views and a warm sun filled room.

  20. Laura replied:

    Oh my goodness! I have only just recently found your blog, and I am swooning! Gorgeous photography, and you have such a lovely voice :) Just wanted to let you know I’ve added you to my reader & I cannot wait to spend some time reading through your past posts. Absolutely lovely.

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