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The spacious and well furnished Appartement Michael Angelo will provide you with a wonderful location from which to explore the beautiful city of Paris. The apartment is in a quiet residential area of the 16th arrondissement on the Rue Michel Ange. It is within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and close to metro and bus stops which will give you easy access to most of the Paris monuments, museums and shopping areas. Within a short 5 minute stroll you can find many different shops or savor many kinds of cuisine including; French, Chinese, Japanese or Turkish.

Whole Scampi in White Wine and Chili

16 large scampi
flour for dusting
1 T. olive oil
1 chili pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 oz. Dry white wine
2 oz. Cognac
4 oz. Fish stock
2 sprigs fresh parsley
Salt and pepper

Carefully remove the shell from the center of the scampi, keeping the shrimps whole and leaving the head and tail.

Cover scampi in flour and lightly sauté in pan with olive oil, chopped chili pepper, finely chopped garlic and a little salt. Cook for a couple of minutes until the scampi turn a reddish color, then cover with white wine. Allow this to evaporate for 2 minutes and then add chopped parsley and cognac. Add fish stock and cook another 5 minutes.

Serve hot on a plate. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped parsley.

- Compliments of Michael Rhode

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Dear Travelers,

Spring is right around the corner and many of you have already booked your vacation rental. For those of you who have not, now is the time to make arrangements so you can get your ideal choice. We have been adding new properties to our site with excellent availability. So, give us a call.

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The Genius of Michelangelo (Part II)

Michelangelo was a very popular and prolific artist, showing a profound spiritual quality in both his painting and sculpture. In 1503 Pope Julius II rose to power, and shortly afterward inaugurated a wide-ranging cultural policy that gathered the greatest contemporary artists round himself, including Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. During this ensuing period Rome became the cultural capitol of Italy, taking the prestigious title from Florence. One of the major commissions that brought this about was the completion of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The expansive hall was more than 500 square meters in area. The simple initial program asked for figures of the 12 apostles in the vaulting cells and side pendentives, while in the center making an architectural decoration. But this original plan didn't excite Michelangelo - he thought it quite boring. So he asked the Pope to give him the freedom to do what he wanted. So between 1508 and 1512, the incomparable artist's paintbrush developed the history of mankind, from the primordial chaos, to the creation, all the way to the promise of Redemption, a gorgeous prologue of the coming of Christ animated by 336 figures! At the inauguration on All Saints Day of 1512, the artist sent a modest letter to his father saying, "I have finished the chapel that I was painting, and the Pope is very satisfied." This is an absolute must-see when you visit Rome. It was recently cleaned and is as brilliant as it most likely was when first created.

Kathy Hayes, Editor

Stay a While!

As a baby boomer I understand that many of our customers have never gone to Europe before they book with us. Or if they have, it was years ago as a carefree youth, backpacking through Europe. I always dreamed about going - even made a pact with my older sister Patricia to meet under the Eiffel Tower on my 21st birthday! But my destiny was otherwise, with little money, a wonderful husband (still mine) and our first baby by then. It was not until 1999 that I visited Paris for the first time - WOW! My eyes were suddenly opened and I couldn't get enough! It had been a lifelong but seemingly unreachable dream to visit Europe.

Now that I've had the privilege of going several times, let me offer some advise. When you finally get a chance to do this ultimate trip, don't try to squeeze everything into 2 weeks. We often get requests for 5 days in Florence, 5 days in Rome, and 4 days in Venice, or some such itinerary. May I slow you down a little? Of course you're going to want to see architecture, artistic creations, and famous sites that you read about as a child. Even sample the authentic cuisine and wines. But I venture to say you want to be comfortable and "at home" while doing it. Therefore I entirely embrace the idea of renting a traditional villa or apartment for at least a week, preferably two, and stay put! I believe you will enjoy the overall experience far more than going from place to place every day or two, always moving on and seeing so much you can't digest it. Relax, enjoy, get immersed in the culture and make a wonderful memory!

Kathy Hayes, Editor

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