Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 3rd arrondissement, Le Marais, Two-Bedroom apartment, Sleeps up to 6
True to its name, Le Coeur de la Cour (The Heart of the Courtyard) opens onto a stately courtyard in a historic building in a the heart of Le Marais. The apartment is in a portion of the building that was once the carriage-house of this 17th-century “Hôtel Particulier.” This sought-after central Paris location is home to restaurants, galleries and museums. The apartment is situated on three levels – a ground level living room/dining room/kitchen, a master suite on the upper level and a second bedroom and bath on the lower level -- which provides its occupants with a real sense of privacy.
Oliver and Lina Arrive in Paris After their Heart-Shaped Tour of France on their Vespa
HEART OF FRANCE
Oliver Gee and his new wife, Lina, podcaster of Earful Tower fame, have traveled all around France this past summer on a scooter for the sheer pleasure of honeymooning in the French countryside in a heart-shaped pattern. How romantic! Still, I thought he and Lina were nuts, as I can tell you right now, that I wouldn't want it to be my toosh on the back of that Vespa going from town to town...but what the hell...he and Lina are young, enthusiastic and clearly adventuresome. I admire it and wish I could be the same.
Their adventure was followed by fans via their Facebook page where we could live vicariously through their experiences. Now, that's a much more comfortable way to take the tour of France with them, rather than having a sore bottom on the back of their bike! They covered 4,000 kilometers over the course of two months and on October 19th, landed back in Paris unscathed.
Oliver, in the midst of his travels, doesn't stop keeping us informed of his podcasting and informed me that the three podcasts/videos he and I did together this past year are now publicly available for all of you to see and hear.
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QUEEN OF HEARTS (DAME DE COEUR)
Tonight we'll be standing in front of Notre Dame on the "parvis" in commemoration of the end of World War I in a universal call to peace...all in the form of a light show on the facade of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I saw it once before in November of 2017 and couldn't wait to come back to witness director Bruno Seillier's creation of the scenography.
It's a story of beauty and peace: "At the end of the First World War, on a battlefield, we are in the shadows, on the spot of a meeting: that of a young French nurse and a dying American soldier. At the twilight of his life, he expressed a regret, that he could not visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Through a historical, artistic and mystical dialogue, these two souls will meet to discover together the mystery of Our Lady, who will be their 'Queen of Hearts.' In an incredible visual and musical journey, the facade of Notre-Dame de Paris will reveal the most beautiful aspects of her personality and her message. Invited to a popular and aesthetic communion, thousands of people are invited to access the Parvis of Notre-Dame de Paris. Plunged into darkness, spectators will gradually witness the illumination of the monument."
On December 31, 2017, France Magazine listed their best nine photos from 2017 (#bestnine2017) and one of them is our own Patty Sadauskas' from that evening in November!: #2 Notre-Dame, photo by parisonadime.com.
The French court slapped the wrist of Madame Le Mayor Anne Hidalgo for jumping the gun without having done her homework by giving the "green light" to cars driving once again along the quays of the Seine in the heart of Paris. While strollers and cyclists loved their new highway along the river unobstructed by vehicles, five million drivers were suffering from an increase in traffic and pollution levels soared. The courts declared that City Hall failed to address the real impact the project would have on both air and noisepollution, in lieu of allowing a few citizens to have a picnic on the banks of the river. While her intentions may have been heartfelt, the press has called Hidalgo's push a "misguided ecological utopia."
A majority of pedestrian Parisians (55%) favor the vehicle-free roadways, and while I enjoy the scenery myself from time to time, have personally seen the results of the mayor's folly when trying to get home on a bus or in a taxi stuck in traffic since the cars have been displaced onto the streets. The quays equate to 3.3 kilometers from the entrance of the tunnel at the Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement to the exit at Henri IV in the 4th. It's a short distance, but makes a big difference to those who have to drive in and out of Paris each day to get to work. Fortunately, I am not one of them.
One of the best locations in Paris! This gorgeous two-bedroom haven is found on Ile de la Cité, one of the two islands that sit in the center of the Seine River in the heart of the city. It is just steps from the short pedestrian bridge leading to the other island, the Ile Saint-Louis, just behind Notre Dame, and the apartment offers a view of the towers of the world's most famous church.
This exquisite apartment is on the third floor (European) of a well-maintained 18th-century building. Its modern elevator makes it simple to access and you’ll be glad that you did! Beautifully decorated and fully-equipped with every comfort you could desire, this is the ideal home away from home in Paris.
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