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Paris, France might be my favorite city in the world. The food is wonderful, the Seine is romantic and in my experience, the people are friendly and helpful. On the downside, Parisian hotel rooms are notoriously small – great for a couple days but potentially claustrophobic for more extended stays. Ditching one of the city’s infamous cramped rooms in favor of a swank apartment (the one above would suffice) is a good idea in theory, but I’ve always found the prospect kind of intimidating. What if it’s a con? What if the people won’t leave? What if the place is a dump? That’s my idea of a vacation killer. That’s why I’m digging CS Interiors editor-in-chief Meghan McEwan’s new blog Designtripper. The avid traveler loves figuring that stuff out, and her posts feature stylish boutique hotels and private vacation pads like Chicago Studio F Design founder Patrizio Fradiani’s glorious (yes, glorious) Tuscan vacation home, Podere Palazzo. Designtripper’s About page sums up the site: “We put authenticity, character, and thoughtful design before hi-definition plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and in-room jacuzzis.”* Amen. If you’re a design freak who enjoys traveling, I think you’ll love Designtripper.
* Whatever happened to vibrating beds?
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