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JUL-AUG 2017

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Although we were aware of the apartment's straight-on, postcard-perfect view of the Eiffel Tower from its wraparound balcony, as well as the living and dining rooms and the kitchen, it was truly something else to behold in person. e experience of starting and ending the day in the midst of such a global icon was simply magical. Our one-bedroom, 590 square-foot apartment was fully equipped for a comfortable home-away-from-home stay, including a modern kitchen with granite countertops, a petite dining area perfect for candlelight dinners, and a spacious living area outfitted in classic Parisian style. Outside of the mesmerizing view, what I loved most about renting through Paris Perfect was the comprehensive neighborhood and visitor guide (more than 40 pages in total) that was provided to us digitally prior to arrival and in hard copy form in the apartment. Chock-full of insider information that would take the occasional Paris tourist years to acquire, it allowed us to easily plot out where to dine and what to see, and even more helpful, what places to avoid based on client and staff feedback. e neighborhood surrounding our chosen apartment is well- known for its street markets (including the Rue Cler food market and Ront de l'Alma open market), and we had grand plans to visit the butcher, baker, and macaroon maker in order to create a locally- sourced feast, but with a vast array of enticing dining options ranging from charming family-owned bistros to extravagant Michelin-star dining within walking distance, we opted to leave the cooking to the experts. Paris Perfect offers scores of walking tours and itinerary planning services tailored to an array of interests, from art to wine and everything in between. As this was only our second time in Paris and our time was limited, we opted to book a private, customized tour with Michael Osman, an American who has called the city home for the past 15 years. Affable and energetic, with a background in fine art and a deep love of his adopted city, he seized on our ambitious itinerary with aplomb. We managed to ogle the greatest hits at the Louvre, treasure hunt at the Les Puces flea market and visit several of his key "must see" stops, all before dinner. ough we regrettably had Michael to guide the way only for a single day, he did provide us with a wealth of information to craft a self-guided literary tour, focused on the cafés and watering holes frequented by Hemingway and his contemporaries. Hemingway was known to be a keen people watcher, and then, as now, one of the best places to take in the ebb and flow of street life in Paris is at a sidewalk café. At Brasserie Lipp (151 Boulevard Saint-Germain; brasserie-lipp.com), you can still partake of 60 slmag.net

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