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Jeudi 28 août 4 28 /08 /Août 14:28

    photo--11-.JPG    photo.JPGExperienced swapers, we are really trustable people.  


We are a family of 4. My husband (48) is a computer manager in a big french garments company. I'm 45 and I'm also working in the fashion industry for a french brand as CEO assistant. We have two growing daughters (Jeanne 13 and Emma15) both are very respectful, well behaved and used to spend times in others house. Lucky us ! The girls still love to spend family time with us and californian holidays means a lot to them too. 


Trust is one main point in the fact of  exchanging homes and you can be sure that your home will be in good hands and that we'll take care of it as if it was our and even better  

 

 

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Jeudi 28 août 4 28 /08 /Août 13:12

SUMMER 2015, we'd like to spend two or three weeks in LA around the first three weeks of august. Even if we're not staying at your place during the whole 3 weeks, you'd be more than welcome to stay at our's all time long...

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We love LA so much and dream to move there one day. That would be an amazing experience for our family. Until our dream comes true, we enjoy spending our summer holidays in our favorite city, we really do feel like "coming home" now...

 

We've been so lucky to have great swaps with families in Los Angeles every summer since 2006 (3 times in Sherman Oaks -we love the valley-, one in Tarzana, in Huntington Beach, in Manhattan Beach, in Topanga Canyon and in Rancho Palos Verdes).

No doubt, Amy and Dan, Tammy and Colin, Donna and Michael, Lisa and Aaron and Gene and Dwan, Lynn and Mike, Ruma and her kids or Carrie and Jackson would be happy to give you a "more objective" feedback upon request as we've kept with all of them very good relationships. Some even became very close friends all year long and we love to spend time with them during our summer stay in LA.    

 

In 2010, we've been to Florida and the Bahamas, spending 3 weeks in hotels but it made us realize how much swaping was a great way to have family holidays.


Swaping homes is such a great way to meet wonderful people and live like local...    

 

 








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Lundi 21 octobre 1 21 /10 /Oct 11:20

Our apartment is in Boulogne-Billancourt, which, along with Neuilly sur Seine, is the “ chic” suburb of Paris, about half a mile from Paris.

We have all the advantages of the "big city" without the bad sides.

Located next to the fancy 16th district of Paris (Auteuil, Passy, Trocadéro neighborhoods), Boulogne is lying in a curve of the Seine river (a block away from my apartment), it is called the 21st district of Paris as it is really stuck to Paris.

Boulogne, stuck inbetween the Parc de Saint Cloud and the Bois de Boulogne, two wonderful large parks great for jogging and bike rides with their miles of trails and paths, as well as lakes. This means the air in the neighborhood is fresher and cleaner than in downtown Paris. The two main Parisian horse tracks (Hippodrome d’ Auteuil and Hippodrome de Longchamp) are a few minutes away, as are Roland Garros (site of the Tennis French Open) and the Parc des Princes (soccer Stadium). 

Our town is really well known and pleasant city to live. It's comfortable, affluent, safe and quiet. Boulogne has a very active shopping area with all the neat and trendy stores in the Galleria. Our apartment is just 5mn walk to central Boulogne plaza with theaters (some movies are in english), many shops and restaurants . A very nice and large indoor/outdoor public swimmingpool and the icerink is generally open all year long.

Champs Elysees are direct in 15mn and all the main parisian attractions in less than 1/2 hour.

Bus stop to "Chateau de Versailles" is 5mn walk from our apartment.

Many bus lines and two different subway lines run thru Boulogne, one of them with a station (billancourt) across the street from our apartment, less 1mn walk. It's a 15 minutes ride to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and Opéra, 25 minutes to the old center of Paris (Saint Germain des Prés, le Marais, le Louvre, Montmartre…).

Located at the foot of the Pont (bridge) de Sèvres and the Pont de Saint-Cloud, you have direct access to all highways heading west (Versailles 10 minutes, Normandy 2 hours, Brittany 4 hours) and many other things to see and places to go in less than 1 hour around Paris. 


Aquaboulevard (also called the parisian beach) is 10mn via tramway access.

Disneyland Paris, seaquarium and "La Vallée"outlet shopping center are 45mn.

Les quatre temps La défense shopping mall is direct access with tramway in about 15mn

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Dimanche 20 octobre 7 20 /10 /Oct 21:04

Our apartment is bright, quiet and comfortable. Located on the 2nd floor of a very safe (with videophone and elevator code) and luxurious 1992 building with caretaker.

 

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Our street is very quiet and you can easily sleep with open windows during the summer. 


Living room with plasma TV, VCR/DVD and cable TV (some channels in english), Wii and DSL . Wifi access in all the rooms.

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Free phone calls for US (cell and home numbers).

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Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, electrical stove/oven, washer-dryer and Nespresso coffee machine. It has been fully redecorated in june 2011. As seen on the picture, the worktop can be moved in a four seats table to have breakfast in the kitchen

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The parents bedroom has a queen size bed and a door-window to the balcony. It has fully been redecorate in january 2011. 

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Eventhough our daughters are growing their room still has some toys and games. The girl's room can easily accomodate 3 children with its comfortable couch under a mezzanine (both with top quality mattress).

10/22/13 The girl's room has just been fully redecorated (new pictures to come very shortly)

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We have a small balcony with flowers (in summer), big enough to put a table and four chairs to have dinner on warm summer evenings.


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The view is on a park with basket ball and children playgrounds.

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 We love to take good care about our home and will treat yours as well.

We have linens and towels specially for the swaps so you'll be sure to have quality and almost new items.

You'll also find empty drawers and closets to put your clothes and really feel "at home"...


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Dimanche 20 octobre 7 20 /10 /Oct 19:54

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Summer is a great time to visit Paris in a totally different way, eventhough it's more quiet, it is much more fun an enjoyable as some parisians (and cars) are away. Paris Plage is organized every year from end of july to mid august, it is really great as the main part of the Seine right sides are closed to cars and reserved for pedestrians from The Louvre to Sully Morlan (level end of Saint Louis island, which is quite a great promenade) it allows to visit Paris in a really different way...It's a long walk above the Seine with plenty of activities and/or rest places.

 

 Once more, due to foreign visitors, many cultural attractions and activities are generally organized. It's a totally different way of visiting Paris...

 

 

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I also attache some maps and additional photos so that you can have a better idea...

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The summer transforms Paris. The cityscape dons greenery and the riverside thoroughfares become car-free resorts. The Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) operation kicks off on or around 20 July and lasts four weeks. It began in 2002.

 


 

A Seine-side holiday. That, in a nutshell, is what Paris Plages is all about – complete with sandy beaches, deckchairs, ubiquitous ice cream sellers, and concerts for French and foreign guests. Holidaymakers at the Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19) can also borrow books free of charge, play beach volley, take an aquagym class in a mini pool, or kayak around the lake – or, of course just chill and enjoy. The Seine’s banks become pedestrian and the beaches are spread across three spots (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette). 

From the Louvre to Pont de Sully

This was the first beach that opened in 2002. It spans three kilometres through historical Paris, and features a swimming pool, concert stage, and open-air attractions (rollerblading, tai-chi, wall climbing, boules etc.). Refreshment areas, play areas and deckchairs are available for your time out unwinding by the river.

Bassin de la Villette

This is the latest addition to Paris Plages, and opened in 2007 round Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19). It stretches from Rotonde de Ledoux (nearest Jaurès Metro station) to the former Magasins Généraux (in Rue de Crimée) and features a proper water-sports complex (with rowing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies) alongside quaint quay-side restaurants and boules courts.

Every year, Paris Plages begins around 20 July and lasts four weeks.

All Paris Plages beaches are open non-stop from 8.00 am to midnight.

2012 : Paris Plages will start around July 20. 

 

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