Apartment de Macap is a charming one bedroom apartment in the center of Paris, close to George Pompidou Centre, Les Halles, Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter. Here also you will find restaurants for all styles and budgets, groceries, galleries, and shops. On the third floor of an old 17th century building, you reach the apartment by stairs or elevator.

Newly remodeled with the most modern appliances and comfort, the owners took care to preserve the old world charm of high ceilings and oak beams. Central location and comfort match to make your Parisian holiday a special memory!

Question: What is the proper age to get married?

Answer: "Eighty-four! Because at that age you don't have to work any more, and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom." (Judy, age 8)

Question: When is it okay to kiss someone?

Answer: "You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and a VCR, because she'll want to have videos of the wedding." (Darby, age 7)

2 medium size zucchini, cut in 1/8 inch slices
8 ripe plum tomatoes, cut in 1/8 inch slices
6 Tablespoons warm water
12 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tablespoons fresh dill leaves, minced
Salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
A few drops of Worcestershire (optional)

Preheat over to 400 F. Lightly butter gratin dish. Starting at one narrow end of dish, carefully arrange a row of zucchini slices so they stand up on end along the very edge. Follow with row of tomato slices, standing them up next to and over the zucchini.

Continue layering the vegetables until the dish is full and the layers are pressed close against each other. Pour warm water over the entire arrangement.

In a small bowl mix garlic, dill, salt, pepper and olive oil. Spoon this mixture evenly over the zucchini and tomatoes. Sprinkle top with a little more olive oil and the Worcestershire if desired.

Cover tightly with foil or casserole lid and bake until tender, 30-40 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings.

Travel Safety

Wherever you travel, whether at home or abroad, there are a few common sense safety guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Pay attention to the neighborhood you're in. There are good and not-so-good neighborhoods in every city in the world. Most rented vehicles in Europe now come equipped with G.P.S. (a built-in navigational system) to help you easily find addresses and tourist sites.
  • Take a mobile phone with you. When you travel from the United States to Europe you can arrange to have a rental phone sent to you before departure (see AutoEurope.com). It's easy enough to make a short list of numbers to keep in your pocket for emergencies, contacts at your destinations, friends to rendezvous with, etc.
  • Keep cash, passports, visas, and credit cards secure. I prefer to wear a specially designed belt (available at travel and luggage stores) under my clothing. Choose to carry zippered purses and bags that hug the body.
  • Don't leave packages, purses, cameras, or bags unattended. A purse carelessly slung over the back of a chair in a busy restaurant may not be there when you get ready to leave. Setting a package on the ground while posing for a picture may be all the encouragement a thief needs to grab and run.

Overall, travel in Europe can be at least as safe as in the United States. As in every mixing of peoples around the world, common sense is the best rule to take along to make your trip delightful.

-Kathy Hayes, Editor

Bill and his lovely wife Natalie manage several of our Paris properties. They are delightful people, both warm and professional, so virtually everyone we send to their properties comes home raving about them. Born in England, their careers in Advertising brought them together. They made the move to property management only 4 years ago and absolutely love it.

A must-see when you visit Paris, The Louvre is the largest museum in the world. It began as a castle, built originally in 1190 by Philippe Auguste & then added onto by each successive monarch. The last resident was Napoleon who in 1800 moved in and during the next 15 years collected the finest paintings & statues from his many captive European nations.

The museum today is divided into wings that are fairly easy to digest, and well worth the time and effort. We suggest that you select those areas of particular interest to you rather than trying to see it all. Sections include Egyptian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Sculpture, French Painting, Italian Painting, and Spanish Painting. You will be amazed at the immense collections and thrilled to see the original Mona Lisa, a collection of Leonardo de Vinci, and so many more that are so well known. An exceptional guide is Stephanie at www.welcometoparis.net. Most of our Paris properties are centrally located, & excellent public transportation makes it easy to reach The Louvre. Enjoy your stay!

Dear Travelers and Friends,

The month of February has been way beyond our expectations in terms of numbers of travelers who have decided to rent a villa or an apartment from us.

The state of the world has generated excellent airfares to Europe, and it seems like an increasing number of opportunist travelers are paving the way with trips to Tuscany, Paris, and Portugal. Life can be too short, so don't wait! Book your trip now!

Best Regards,

Emmanuel de Ricard, President

 

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