This apartment, for sale through Feau Paris for a hefty €3.5 million, is just begging me to move in. No, it’s taunting me, with its fantastic herringbone floors and gorgeous crown moldings. That bedroom! Did anyone else spot the antique stained glass window in the hallway off the dining room? Why don’t they make houses with details like that anymore? This apartment is in the 7eme, near the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. Because it wasn’t perfect enough already, let’s add its proximity to Paris’s most iconic landmark to the list, oui?
I’ve been reading a book on the renovation of Paris in the late 1800s, titled “Paris Reborn” by Stephane Kirkland. It’s a great non-fiction follow-up to the historical fiction I read earlier in the year, “Haussmann, Or the Distinction.” I adored that book beyond words, as I’m unsurprisingly fascination with the Haussmann era of Paris. “Paris Reborn” shifts the majority of the credit from Haussmann to Napoleon III, who really set things in motion with his rule over the city (and that whole story, how he imprisoned an entire government and turned the city into his empire, is so bizarre and interesting). It’s a wonderfully written book, and not at all stuffy or dry for an historical non-fiction. And there are photographs showing what the city looked like before and after full neighborhoods were demolished to make room for the grand boulevards and zinc-roofed buildings everyone is familiar with when they think of Paris. If you need a good book recommendation, look no further.