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June 17, 2008



yes, you are stuck with me for the summer, but i can't imagine spending time with anyone who has become a better friend than you - and in such a short time? you know the city so well, i love that there is always an adventure with you. so where will you take me next?


In fact, the rue Mandar is in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.....


Regarding 79 rue du Temple, I used to live in this building on the first floor apartment. It is a Hotel Particulier, or I described it as a chateaux in the city It was built in 1623 and was the Hotel Montmor(if you google it you get some information). From the signs outside the door, it was owned by the Montmor family (patrons of science and academics) The famous astronomer Gassendi lived there and helped found the Montmor academy. The building was renovated in 1999 and has apartments as well as businesses on the ground floor - 2 art galleries, a clothing designer, modeling agency, toy company and film stock company. Beautiful place, wonderful place to live and the best guardien in Paris!

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