The preparation for our Paris trip in about a month was met with a startling surprise this past Sunday evening. As we were watching an episode of “Madam Secretary,” Bernie looked at me with a downtrodden face and said, “Oh no! I’ve got some very bad news.” He had just received a lengthy email from the management company of our second month’s apartment, informing us that the owner had taken the apartment off the market, citing too much going and coming which had probably led to damages in the apartment. Though I understood the sentiment, it was a stinging blow to us who have had this apartment booked since January. It was a lovely spot and in a good location close to our subway at St. Paul.
We have been scrambling trying to find a new situation. So far, no luck, but we are hopeful. Part of the challenge is self-inflicted…our stubborn tenacity in staying exactly where we want to stay…in the St. Paul area. We will keep you posted as the days progress. Location, then price, then arrangement, suitable bed, wi-if access, washing machine, coffee pot, so many criteria for these spoiled Americans! When you are paying this kind of money, you kind of want it your way.
The European Open is in Paris during this time, which is creating a run on apartment inventory and one of the reasons we did not get our favorite apartment that I have written about so often. We have a submission on an apartment that is right where we want it to be but, would you believe, it’s on the 4th French floor without a lift…about 70 steps each way. Oh well, this means we can really enjoy some lovely desserts during our stay. Bernie’s son will be in Paris when we make the change to this apartment which means some younger hands to help lug suitcases up the steps. There is a God!
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