I'm from San Diego, California, USA. I'm an antiques dealer (Antiques & Uncommon Treasure - look us up online if you wish) and normally spend a month or two in France and Europe each year. I much prefer an apartment for those stays. I usually travel alone; sometimes can get my husband to travel with me, and now and then I take the entire family along (4 apartments, 12 people) as a special treat (3 sons & their families). I am quiet, a non-smoker. I do use WIFI regularly for my business, however and that is a must. I speak a little French - enough to buy beautiful antiques and get around, to read, but not great at spoken conversation so email is best for communication if in French.