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Framing Paris: Rent a Flat with a Fabulous View

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The most in-demand Parisian properties are the ones with amazing views. It’s no surprise, really: Who wouldn’t want this cityscape as a live-in tableau? Luckily, there are some incredible furnished flats with views available for short-term rent. So on your next swing through the city, skip the claustrophobic hotel and rent a light-filled apartment instead. You’ll not only be able to throw impromptu soirées, cook up market finds in your own kitchen, gain space and save precious cash, you’ll have a frame on the city that most Parisians dream of.

For the inside scoop on the most picturesque Parisian pads on the market, please welcome guest blogger Erica Berman, owner of the divine apartment rental agency, Haven in Paris and the HiP Paris Blog.

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Text by Erica Berman, photos courtesy Haven in Paris

When I first moved to Paris seventeen years ago I lived in a tiny, lightless studio in the heart of St Germain. My second flat had bars on the windows and overlooked a small cement courtyard. It was even darker, but what did I care, I was in Paris??

It wasn’t until my French friend Evelyn swung by to check out my new digs that I literally saw the light. Upon entering my cozy cave, she blurted “C’est tellement sombre ici, il te faut de la lumière!” According to Evelyn, light and views should be a top priority when choosing an apartment in Paris. Since the city is so overcast you need to brighten the corners whenever and however you can in order to stay sane.

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Lotusland: Ganna Walska’s Garden of Dreams

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Since all of Paris closes shop in August, I’ll be posting “by appointment” discoveries made during my summertime travels back home in the USA this month.  Hope you enjoy this special summer edition with content from New York, Los Angeles and Maine.

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Appointment: To follow a 2-hour guided tour of Lotusland, the  37-acre estate and private garden created by Madame Ganna Walska.
Where
: Ninety miles north of Los Angeles in Montecito, an affluent suburb of Santa Barbara
When
: July 2nd, 2009
Time
1:30pm

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An international celebutante and irresistible beauty, Madame Ganna Walska loved plants. And opera. And seducing wealthy older men. (Don’t you love her already?) All accounts from her era speak of a captivating creature with a preternatural proclivity for exuberance and glamorous excess. No one batted an eyelash at the outrageous title of her memoire, Always Room At The Top, published in 1946 because, what the hell else would she call it?

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