Dates Stayed: 3/9-3/12/2010. I had never heard about the Homeaway site & the ability to rent an Apt/ Flat instead of having to just book a hotel. I really didn't know what to expect, but decided to give it a try & needless to say, we hit a Home Run w/ finding Clare's lovely flat. When we (my 2 Son's & I) arrived in Paris, everything that could of gone wrong, did & then some! :(
We got lost & arrived way pass the time we suppose to meet Clare & needless to say she was long gone. I couldn't find her phone number & I had no access to the internet to even get an email to her. As I sat outside the Flat, with it getting cold, the sun going down & not knowing what to do. An Angel appeared in the form of a wonderful French woman who didn't speak a lick of English , but somehow knew I was in desperate need of help. She stood outside Clare's Flat w/me for 45 minutes until she figured out my problem & she immediately took charge & got Clare's neighbor to buzz us into the building, help us upstairs w/our luggage & called Clare to explain what had happened to us. When Clare arrived, I was mortified, scared she would yell at me about being late & not rent the flat to me, but I shouldn't of worried. When Clare arrived she was nothing but sweet, welcoming & relieved as if she was my Mom relieved to see that my Son's & I were OK & safe from our ordeal!
The flat was perfectly located in the loveliest part of Paris, w/Cafe's, wonderful Restaurants & the Metro all within walking distance. The Flat was very safe, clean & casually decorated, w/ all the comforts & amenities of being at home. The Flat had a beautiful small wrap around balcony that you could step out on to enjoy a glass of wine or your espresso in the morning while talking in the breathtaking view of the city. The bathroom was big w/plenty of room & a towel warmer that made the whole place stay warm & toasty. We had internet access, a local phone & cable TV. Going to Paris & staying at Clare's was a trip of a lifetime in which we still talk about to this day & pined to go back. Check out was easy but not w/o incident. When I got all the way out to the airport I realized I had left my cell phone at the Flat & needless to say, I had to emailed Clair to let her know & God Bless Her! She stayed at the Flat & waited an hour until I could make it all the way back into town to retrieve it & she did it all w/a kind smile, a warm hug & Parisian kiss goodbye to me. We love you Clare & never will forget you! XOXOXO