15.11.2009 - 17.11.2009 41 °F
So it has been almost three months and while I have provided you with pictures of my bedroom, I never did show you what the main house is like. Simmer down though, because today is going to be your lucky day. I managed to remember to bring my camera downstairs with me and snap a few pictures. Naturally, a few pictures, turned into over 40 so in an attempt to maximize your reading pleasure, I have decided to spread them over the next few days.
Today, I will delight you with pictures of the entry and living room. I was not in the mood to go to the main lobby of the building so you will just have to make do with beginning at the front door to the house. Maybe, if you are nice, later this week I will snap a few photos of the lobby, which in my opinion is quite stunning.
The main house is located on the 6th floor, which is really the 7th (Remember, the 1st floor is 0 in France). So, you can either choose to take the (tiny) elevator up or climb the stairs. The stairs are an excellent choice in their ability to provide training and conditioning for your upcoming climb up Mt. Everest. They are beautiful though with their marble base, red carpet, and wrought iron railings.
Mine is the only apartment on the top floor. This a picture of the front door. Unfortunately the image did not capture the mail sitting on the doormat. While my encounters with the French Post have not been so pleasant, they are nice enough to provide delivery service to your doorstep.
Once entering into the apartment you will be in the foyer. To your left would be Madame's desk and computer and to the right would be the hallway leading to the bathroom and main bedrooms. Unfortunately due to the size of the room it is hard to get decent pictures.
Here is a picture looking into the foyer from the living room
And here is a picture looking down the hallway that is to your right when you enter the apartment.
Looking past the foyer, you will be presented with the Living Room. It is the center of the house.
This is the view looking straight in from the foyer.
If you walked straight into the room towards those window/doors this would be on your right
And you would see this out the window.
After looking out at the view if you turned around and looked back towards the foyer, this is what you would see
She just bought that new TV about two weeks ago to replace a rather outdated one. She is obsessed with CSI Miami, Bones, and any James Bond Movie.
Here is a better photo of the fireplace in the living room. Notice all of the intricate details on the walls and trim. The apartment is over 150 years old and these details are all hand carved. You can see them in other photos as well.
On the walls, there are a drawn portraits of her kids as children and there are also two pictures of older men. I am sure I told you that her husband has royal lineage. I do not remember which is which, but these are pictures of her husbands great grandfather and great great grandfather, one hangs over the TV and one hangs over the sofa.
That is about it for the foyer and living room.
In the next post I will show you pictures of the Dining room and use that time to discuss with you French eating habits and table manners.