okay Mike thinks option one and Kiddo thinks I will appreciate a safe interior better with a rough exterior -- keep those replies coming.
Actually there is a new development on the housing issue.
We went to see this GREAT appartment, which was well located and reasonably spacious, and a lovely courtyard. The landlord's agent very frankly told us that Price is not an issue, but the people who live there must fit in well. So in order to do this, we had to have an interview of sorts. Where we went to school, exhibit our latest employment letters to show our salary and other kinds of nonsense. The only reason why we put up with this is because we REALLY want this appartment.
Anyways, Fabien is bringing all our documents to show the landlord's agent today. The landlord is this grandfatherly looking old man who apparently owns ALL the flats in this beautiful and historical building (meaning he either is mafia or inherited the entire building), he takes one floor, and kept insisting to us that he only wanted to preserve the "family atmosphere" of the building, where people could leave their stuff unlocked in the main courtyard, and the common areas. In a way, you can see where he is coming from, but I was really annoyed when he looked at me and said "but you are not French!" in this shocked voice. (GRRRRR)
Anyways, we are sooo desperate for this place that we would jump through all hoops he has set up, so we try to persuade him that we are wonderful people. Wish us luck!!