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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 10:16 AM
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janisj-I thought so too. Here's the link to the listing which is new. You can click on the photos to see them all.

http://www.parisaddress.com/paris-ap...a/#prettyPhoto[slides]/21/

I still have so many more pages to look at!
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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OK -- I may be blind . . . but I don't see any photos except for the ET view
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 11:00 AM
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I would opt for AC over a partial Eiffel Tower view. It does look like it has big windows and cross ventilation though.
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 11:21 AM
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janisj-If you click on that first photo you should get a next arrow and/or a panel at the bottom showing the photos mini size.

Judy-A/C is always a nice thing to have but we had it in all our hotels in SE Asia and barely used it. We traveled there from January 4-April 6, 2014. I guess the heat doesn't prevent us from sleeping!
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 11:46 AM
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You are fortunate, chris45ny! I am a hot weather wimp. Was in Paris July 2013 and may have just hit a hot spell. We used our AC and would have been quite uncomfortable without it.

Best of luck finding what you want and booking so you can work on the rest of your trip. I love the planning and research as long as I'm finding what I want!
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 12:07 PM
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jeeze -- I swear the left and right arrows weren't there when I looked before (Honest )

The place looks enormous for a 1bdrm.
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 12:24 PM
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I've only rented an apt in Paris with AC once and there were not any rules about not running it after 10 pm! That's when you mainly need it, for sleeping.

I have stayed in Montparnasse every year or two for about 20 years, as I went to school there two summers and that's where I lived (in a student residence), and where the classes sometimes were. So I just know the neighborhood well and it's like "home" to me. Only once did I rent an apt, most of the time I have only been there a week or less and I stay in hotels (both have AC). I stay on bd Raspail, in-between bd Montparnasse and bd Edgar Quinet.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend the apt I rented for a couple (it was only a studio), and it had its deficiencies, also. Like no freezer, only a frig with a main compartment and other stuff. And it had zero view, only looked into an interior courtyard.

I have had my eye on these two, though, as there are exactly the location I like (it is a very quiet street)
http://www.clickappart.com/apartment...eighborhood=35

ONe of those, the larger, does have AC also. I can't figure out availabilities on that website, though, as it claims no apt is free your dates, which I know can't be true.
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 01:01 PM
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This is another apt with a balcony and tower view that appears to be in the same location as that Montparnasse one on VRBO. I thought maybe it was the same place, but it isn't from the bed and dining table issue. It's a queen murphy bed, not sure how you feel about that http://www.vacationinparis.com/listi...lookout-studio

It's a little cheaper as it's in USD so that would be around 135 euro, I guess. That have a nice 2 BR place in Montparnasse called Luxembourg that has an AC unit you can move, but it's around $300.
http://www.vacationinparis.com/listi...droom-splendor

It has no tower view but the location is great and it looks very nice. They have several called "Luxembourg" and around that park, north or south, is nice. Here is one with AC and it is just a bit over your budget, I think ($333 per night). 200 euro is about $250.
http://www.vacationinparis.com/listi...re-one-bedroom

ONe issue with that Montparnasse one on VIP is that someone on Fodors rented it and had a dispute with VIP over the fact tha construction was going on which ruined the view. And she wasn't warned in advance. VIP just said it was up to the landlord to deal with it and the landlord gave a slight discount but not much IMO. So if you are interested, check on that issue (it should be done by now, it was a crane in front of the window).
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Old Nov 15th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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Christina-That's what I thought! No A/C after 10 pm-ridiculous IMO. Go down the page to House Rules. My husband insists that it has to be a noise issue as there is mention of being out on the balcony after 10 pm. This building may not be so welcoming to vacation renters!

Here's the listing with airbnb www.airbnb.com/rooms/1124148

Thanks for giving me all the links to the apartments. I'll check them out tomorrow. Also appreciate the heads up about the view obstruction possibility.
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Old Nov 16th, 2014, 03:24 AM
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Though it's possible that I overlooked something, I couldn't for the life of me see any a/c vents (for central air), or a compressor on the balcony (where it would usually be, if it were an individual unit). The a/c might be that blue cylindrical thing next to the dining table, but anything that small wouldn't make enough noise to disturb anyone in a neighboring apartment - and it certainly wouldn't be very effective, either.

I agree with those who think this is more an issue of neighbors who are easily irritated. Buildings like this will also usually prohibit using washers or other machines - even hair dryers - during certain hours. Our building "requests" - demands, really - that residents and their guests do not wear shoes indoors, and do not take showers after 10PM or before 6AM. There's a lot more, but it's too ridiculous to talk about...
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Old Nov 18th, 2014, 06:26 PM
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The "15th arrond. Near Gare Montparnasse. On the 9th floor" and VIP Eiffel Tower Lookout are in the same building on the same floor. I've stayed at the apartment in between once or twice a year for some years and can verify that the cranes are long gone, there's been no nearby construction, and the views are unobstructed. Sometimes, there's the occasional crane somewhere in the distance. There are two modern elevators in this modern building and it's unlikely that one or both would be out of service or in any modern building (as opposed to the ancient retrofitted tiny elevators in centuries old buildings). However, either would be risky in August.

I agree that you should be considering air conditioning more seriously. It's one thing to have it and "barely use it" and quite another to not have it and desperately wish you did if there's a spell of hot weather during your stay.

Throughout Paris, very few places (museums, shops, restaurants...) are air conditioned and those that are will not be all that cool. Hot, sunny, weather, could really slow you down, especially with few places of respite while out and about. And, temps do not necessarily drop very much when the sun goes down, so a "comfortable" place for a mid-day break or sleeping is far better than being miserable.
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Old Nov 19th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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That's interesting that djkbooks knows the apt.

The place I rented with AC had one of those small room units that just has a hose that vents out the window, as I recall. It certainly wasn't central AC, whcih wouldn't be in any of these older buildings in Paris.

You have to understand that these people renting their apts on Airbnb are doing something illegal, so they want to make sure people don't do something that will aggravate the neighbors. I'll admit I wouldn't want people out on a balcony late at night if I were next door, either, so I can understand that one (unless they were alone and not playing music). But two people will be talking, not doubt, and noise carries a lot around these older, tall buildings. It would be like two people out in one of the inner, small courtyards, talking at night -- had that happen, and it was not pleasant as the sound really echoes.

SO I could understand the balcony more than the AC, as that would be normal to run, even if you were the owner and living there. But I think you also need to consider the residents and if vacation renters means noise, that isn't desirable to those who live there.

I just read the rules and they seem fine to me about the noise and balcony. She just said please be quiet if out on the balcony after 10 pm, she was very polite. No AC at all after 10 must be noise, I can't imagine what else.

I even had one landlord tell me the place was illegal (most in Paris are) and if anyone asked who I was in the hall, to say a friend of hers. And that was from an agency, also, not Airbnb.
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Old Nov 19th, 2014, 02:27 PM
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Or, because running the a/c all night would significantly increase the electric bill.
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Old Nov 19th, 2014, 03:45 PM
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Have had to put things on hold. I've had some serious back issues reoccur where surgery may be necessary this coming February. If that's the case this trip will be pushed to 2016. But at least all my research is done and I may be able to book the place I originally wanted on the Rue De Universite. It has A/C, a great balcony, and a nice view of the ET.

My hometown is currently experiencing a major snowstorm and it has brought everything to a standstill.
So instead of researching apartments I've been coping with 3' or more of snow.

I was originally planning this trip for end July-beginning October 2015. Now I'm thinking maybe that's not the best time of year to go to London, Paris, Italy. I'm looking at late spring-May and June 2016.

Thanks to all who have replied to my many posts with such wonderful, useful advice/info/suggestions. I really appreciate it.
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Old Nov 19th, 2014, 04:30 PM
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Others, I'm sure, will chime in, but most experience travelers avoid July and August due to the crowds and that hot/humid/sunny weather can really slow you down and greatly diminish your enjoyment from one day to the next, even if your accommodations have a/c. And, air fares tend to be at their very highest.

If there are certain venues in London you really want to visit, such as Buckingham Palace, Frogmore, etc., find out when those are open to visitors, as that may influence your choice of dates.

Note that, if you do decide on apartments, especially those with large deposits and advance payment, you'll want to coordinate travel insurance. Recommend doing a bit of research when you're able regarding pre-existing conditions and finding a policy whereupon those are waived if purchased in a timely manner.

So sorry about your back issues, and all that snow!
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Old Nov 19th, 2014, 05:45 PM
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Hope you are better soon and don't need surgery.

If you DO change the dates to Spring you really should consider reversing the order of things and start in Italy and move north ending in the UK in May. March can still be quite wintry in the UK (or not - its always a crap shoot )
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Old Nov 20th, 2014, 06:02 AM
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Thanks djk and janis-I mistakenly thought my back issues were resolved through phy. therapy until it flared up again last week. I'm told only surgery can permanently resolve it so I have to talk to my primary doctor and do some research.

If I start in Italy first how would mid May be to begin? That would take us to end June/beg. July for Paris and mid-end July for London. Is that better given the weather in Europe at that time of year? Our trip would be mid May to end July. I love gardens/flowers so late spring/early summer kind of appeals to me.
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Old Nov 20th, 2014, 09:12 AM
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I think May to July, and Italy > Paris > London would be lovely

There are no guarantees when the weather would be better in London and the SE of England but anytime between May and mid July are my favorite times w/ normally nice weather. But July likely will be hot and uncomfortable in parts of Italy so south to north makes most sense to me.
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