- Carolina (51)
- Norbert (65)
I'm a semi-retired professional and experienced home exchange partner; have resided in Paris since 1998. My 23-year old daughter is studying engineering at Centrale Paris.
I enjoy travel and have lived in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Hamburg, Berlin, Montreal, Crete, Bordeaux, Verdun, and Lagos.
I'm a passionate cyclist, trekker, and climber, but also enjoy opera, good wines, and healthy cooking.
Am happy to assist with information and ticketing for various Parisian venues. Can also help with trip planning out of Paris.
Nous venons de réaliser un échange à Paris dans l'appartement de Norbert et Carolina ,nous sommes ravis de ce séjour .L'appartement est calme et lumineux et le quartier est particulièrement sympathique avec le marché ouvert trois fois par semaine sur la place Monge près de l'appartement et les nombreux petits commerces à proximité lui donnent un air de joyeux village . D'autre part nous avons pu visiter le Panthéon ,la grande mosquée ,le jardin des plantes en nous promenant sans avoir besoin d'utiliser les transports en commun .Nous avons réalisé plusieurs échanges à Paris et ce quartier nous a véritablement séduit ..Nous conseillons vivement la proposition de Norbert et Carolina aux futurs vacanciers . Chantal et Christian
We finished our very nice exchange with the Morvan family yesterday, offering our Paris apartment for their home on the Gulf of Morbihan, Brittany. The trip from Paris on the TGV took a little over three hours, followed by a 10-minute taxi ride to their home. The Morvan home is delightfully situated on the edge of the small city of Vannes within minutes of the city center, however it has a country feeling. We enjoyed the total silence and gorgeous views over pasture land out towards an arm of the gulf. The house itself has lots of glass, with a beautiful garden and swimming pool bordering on the open park land. There's a fine hiking / biking trail a few steps away, leading past fields and water full of aquatic wildlife. Friendly neighbors are close. It was easy to explore the Gulf of Morbihan from our base in Vannes. Ferries to the fine Île d'Arz and Île aux Moines are about 10 minutes by car. The coastline at Arradon and at Larmor-Baden is particularly attractive. Although it was late October, we swam in the gulf or Atlantic ocean every day. Vannes is an attractive town. It struck us as a happy, prosperous place with a friendly population, clean streets, outstanding markets, and many historical sites. The outdoor market on Wednesday and Saturday is particularly good. The seafood is excellent and is priced far below what we typically pay in Paris. The Morvan family allowed us to use their two cars, a small Fiat for getting around town and a larger Volvo for longer trips. Our longest trip was to Port Navolo, about a 30 minute drive, where the gulf meets the Atlantic. We would be very happy to repeat this exchange in the future. Carolina and Norbert
We had a wonderful week at Norbert's apartment. The apartment was very well situated - we could walk to Notre Dame easily for example. The neighbourhood was interesting and quiet and had a marvellous farmers' market and good restaurants.The apartment was light filled, tidy and clean and perfect for us (2 adults and 2 children age 8 and 13). We were made very welcome, with excellent instructions and Norbert very kindly had made a delicious curry left in the fridge for us as we arrived in the evening. Thank you very much Norbert for a perfect exchange.
Carolina and I just finished a one-week, April Paris - London exchange with this delightful family. We were taken by their charming, peaceful, well-equipped home & garden situated meters from the Hampstead Heath; but just 45 minutes or so to the National Theatre or the City, door-to-door via tube. It's also quite easy to take a bus to Hyde Park, Primrose Hill, Kensington, and other destinations. Hampstead Heath is not just a city park. It's unspoiled English countryside that happens to be situated in northwestern London. It's great for walking, running, or swimming in the fine, spring-fed ponds. We made a habit of starting our days with an English breakfast at the Brew House terrace, located at Kenwood House. It felt like we were living in an English village, not central London. So, this was the perfect combination of city and country, a rare thing for London.