So, my friend's sister in Paris called today to report on her visit to one of the two apartments I've been deciding between.
At this point, I don't really think it's even a contest. Unless something miraculous happens with the second apartment, I will probably take this one.
-apparently good sized, and my room is quite large for Paris
-very secure--there is an outer gate and a digital code I have to enter to get into the building
-15 minutes by foot to the Arc de Triomphe
-15 minutes by foot to Montmartre
-5 stops by RER away from the Eiffel Tower
-one Metro transfer away from school, Notre Dame, and the Louvre
-in a very nice neighborhood
-with a 45-year old lady who is rarely there on the weekends
-550 Euros a month (right now about $720) with no extra charges (includes internet, unlimited international phone calls, washing machine, use of the kitchen, etc.)
Not bad, eh?
There is also a farmer's market twice a week on a nearby street.
Now, if only the consulate would answer my emails so I could get my visa...