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Great attractions around the Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Great attractions around the Eiffel Tower, Paris

We could all agree that a few days, or even just a few hours, spent absorbing the breathtaking sight of the Eiffel Tower is reason enough to plan a trip to Paris. Seeing it at first light, all deserted and majestic; in the middle of the day when crowds swarm on, around and up on it, or even sneaking out at night to catch a glimpse of it all fabulously lit up. But let’s face it: travel to Paris and you’ll want to do a lot more than just admire the Eiffel Tower! Great news is that you need not venture very far from it to take in some of the city’s most interesting sights. From great museums, to historical attractions and natural escapes, the 7th arrondissement, home of the Eiffel Tower, is brimming with other great attractions too. Book your holiday rental apartment near the Eiffel Tower when next visiting the City of Lights and try to drag yourself away from it for a few hours to take in the following brilliant sites. Hôtel des Invalides A ‘hotel for invalids’ may not seem that attractive at first sound, we admit, but considering this was the main hospital for wounded soldiers during ...

Splendours near St. Tropez, Côte d’Azur

Travel Tips for Area: St Tropez
Splendours near St. Tropez, Côte d’Azur

St. Tropez, on the alluring French Riviera, has been the playground of the rich and famous for decades now and still attracts tourists by the cruise or bus load. Infinitely dazzling and sporting a superlative choice of shopping, dining and drinking options, St. Tropez is an excellent holiday destination fro anyone craving a little Côte d’Azur indulgence. Booking a St. Tropez holiday rental or villa is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to live in St. Tropez for a few days, not merely visit it. The town’s excellent markets and delicatessens make self-catering easy and enjoyable too. While the city centre, and nearby beaches, ought to keep you busy for a few days, do consider stretching your legs and discovering some quite amazing nearby treasures. Organise transport from St. Tropez, or hire a car for a day or two, and discover the surprises hiding merely a hop, skip and jump away from St. Tropez. L’abbaye du Thoronet In the village of Le Thoronet, merely an hour’s drive north-west of St Tropez is where you’ll find an incredible 12th Century abbey, now home to a superlative museum. A fantastic destination for a day trip (or stopover if driving from the UK), the Thoronet ...

Heritage Heaven in Fréjus, Côte d’Azur

Travel Tips for Area: Frejus
Heritage Heaven in Fréjus, Côte d’Azur

Hidden among the seaside gems of the French Riviera lies a picturesque town so endowed with historical ruins, it has led many to dub it the “Pompeii of Provence”. Fréjus, found less than 40km east of Cannes, is an historical buff’s dream holiday destination, with almost 30 heritage listed buildings and monuments and over half a dozen superlative museums to visit. Founded by Julius Caesar, and long considered to be the very first Mediterranean port town of the Ancient Romans, Fréjus gift the discerning visitor a truly unique opportunity to LIVE among ancient ruins, not just visit them. Scattered in and around the town, old Roman relics lie alongside modern buildings and hotels, and give the gorgeous village a surreal and historic feel. It’s as if you’ve just walked into the set of Spartacus! Most of the perfectly preserved ruins, such as the Roman Theatre, are still used nowadays to hold concerts and provide unprecedented opportunities to explore one of the most dense Roman ruin sites in the world. Book your Fréjus holiday rental or villa and come discover for yourself just how varied your Côte d’Azur vacation can be. The Fréjus Pass is by far your best bet if wanting to visit ...

Short History of Old Lyon

Travel Tips for Area: Old Lyon
Short History of Old Lyon

Lyon is a fantastic holiday destination, and never more so than for history buffs. Its old city centre, Vieux Lyon, is considered the birthplace of Christianity in France and is one truly worthy of its UNESCO heritage listing. Old Lyon has been consistently inhabited since pre-historic times and boasts many important archaeological and historical sites. Book your holiday apartment in Old Lyon when next in France, and come discover how one seemingly sleepy town was once the thriving pulse of commerce and industry in France. When British tycoon Lord Harold Samuel coined the phrase “the only thing that matters in real estate is location, location, location”, he was probably thinking about Lyon. The city is proof that when you get that right, your success and formidable endurance are assured. Old Lyon flourished through two millennia, thanks to its position on the confluence of two rivers. The present day centre began as a Roman settlement on Fourvière Hill, yet excavations have revealed settlements dating back hundreds of years before then. Fourvière Hill is undoubtedly Old Lyon’s most picturesque site, and was the first protected by UNESCO. The city soon became the Capital of the Gauls, and various Roman Emperors dedicated time, effort and funds, ...

The best French brasseries in the Louvre area, Paris

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The best French brasseries in the Louvre area, Paris

It may seem strange to learn that the most famous area of Paris is also its least populated. Certainly, with gargantuan attractions like the Louvre Museum, Tuileries Gardens and Royal Palace, it would seem only logical that Paris’ 1st arrondissement, the Louvre area, be somewhat less built up. Yet the most visited area of the French capital is also the one boasting the least amount of overnight stays; hundreds descend here every day, yet choose to stay elsewhere, erroneously believing the hood has not much to offer once museum gates close. Oh how wrong they are! Aside some of the best beauty spas in the city (read all about them here), Paris’ central district is also home to some of the most divine French brasseries in the city, which fill up with a mostly local clientele every night of the week. Book your gorgeous holiday rental in the Louvre area next time you visit Paris and discover where trendy Parisians head to when all the tourists are busy checking out the Eiffel Tower’s light show. Juveniles, 47 rue de Richelieu This small and very intimate eatery is one of Paris’ best kept secrets. The retro decor, dimmed lighting and limited seating makes it ...

Best Ethnic Eats in Frejus, Cote Azur

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Best Ethnic Eats in Frejus, Cote Azur

While most people would agree that a holiday on the French Riviera is about as good as life can get, some would also agree that there are only so many crunchy-bread-smeared-with-creamy cheese-and-washed-down-with-red-wine lunches one can handle. We’d never dare criticise one of the world’s most beloved cuisine, yet it’s nice to know that, sometimes, you do have the option of taking your taste buds on a different tasting trip. Should you start to have lactose intolerance problems during your next visit to the Cote d’Azur (not exactly unheard of) do take heart. Fréjus, one of the French Riviera’s most picturesque gems is home to a variety of different eateries. Book your holiday rental apartment in Fréjus when next on the Cote d’Azur and, alongside the many cultural and historical sites, you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic Asian, Spanish and Italian fare. Restaurant Asia, 813 Boulevard Alger This may not be the most up-market restaurant in town, but if it’s ridiculously good Chinese food you’re after, then head here pronto! Run by a delightful couple, who fuss over each and every customer like gracious hosts, the restaurant is renowned for whipping up some of the freshest and most delicious spring rolls and noodle ...

Paris Montmartre – A Short History

Travel Tips for Area: Montmartre
Paris Montmartre – A Short History

As far as history is concerned, there’s no city in the world quite like Paris. Boasting a colourful past and equally flamboyant present, there’s no corner of the city which is not an embodiment of ancient tales. Montmartre, the epicentre of the 18th arrondissement, is possibly the most historic area of Paris, and one of the most visited. If you’re looking for a holiday apartment rental in Paris for your next holiday, we urge you to look closely at Montmartre. Thanks to the exceptional Parisienne Metro it is ever so easy to get around town, but your evening walks will be much more authentic and enjoyable, considering you’ll be far from the touristy crowds and the bright lights of the city centre. Montmartre is best known as the home of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, a spectacular white-domed church sitting atop the most infamous hill in Paris. Climbing endless stairs to reach it is well rewarding as the church grounds gift fantastic views of greater Paris. But the church is considered a recent addition to the city’s skyline as it was built merely a century ago. The hill on which it is built however, boasts a much more impressive history than that! The Romans thought ...

The Couch Potatos Guide to Chamonix Centre, France

Travel Tips for Area: Chamonix Centre
The Couch Potatos Guide to Chamonix Centre, France

Chamonix, one of France’s most famous winter retreats, is almost too pretty for words. Picturesque, quaint and utterly charming, it is an ideal nature-lover’s holiday destination anytime of year. Cradled in a valley and surrounded by some of Europe’s highest peaks, including famous Mont Blanc, Chamonix is an absolutely divine resort town and gifts tourists innumerable chances to ski (even in summer), hike ( for days on end), rock climb, paraglide and much more. While you’d need to be quasi-professional to be tackling these mountains, there are plenty of ways to enjoy them, and the scenery their peaks provide, without ever breaking into a sweat. Book your luxurious holiday rental apartment in Chamonix Centre and follow our guide to the easiest and most enjoyable ways to take in the very best of the surrounding beauty, without needing months of physical preparations. So keep your make-up intact, hair-do coiffed and ease your way into mountaineering heaven. Montenvers Train This stunning half-hour train ride will take you to La Mer de Glace, France’s largest glacier. Take the train from the Montenvers Station in Chamonix Centre and enjoy magnificent views of the Chamonix valley and surrounding vertiginous peaks. Once there, you can take a leisurely ...

The Ultimate Walking Tour of St Germain

Travel Tips for Area: St Germain
The Ultimate Walking Tour of St Germain

There’s no other area of Paris which does self-indulgent luxury quite like St. Germain. The once intellectual hub of the French capital is now its trendiest suburb, filled to the brim with opulent palaces, awe-inspiring churches, monuments, art museums and an almost indecent amount of hip bars, cafés, restaurants and designer boutiques. The best part of modern-day St. Germain is that while it has not lost its bourgeois feel, it is now also the prime hang-out of arty types, keen to graduate from the many art academies on the Left Bank. This makes St. Germain the ideal holiday destination for anyone who appreciates the good things in life...minus the conceited snobbiness usually associated with rich suburbs. When visiting Paris, book your holiday rental apartment in St. Germain and enjoy the ultimate Parisian walking tour.  Soak up the atmosphere and culture of this most unique quarter and discover the true magic of Paris. Start your day’s exploration where it all began (for St Germain anyway), at one of Paris’ oldest churches: the Église de Saint-German-des-Prés. The original construction started in 200 AD, yet the church which stands there today was not built until the early 12th century, after raging fired levelled the church ...

Best wine regions near Old Lyon, France

Travel Tips for Area: Old Lyon
Best wine regions near Old Lyon, France

No matter where you travel to in France, you’re guaranteed to be near a world-class wine making region; the proximity of a superlative drop of vin anywhere in the country would have to be one of its most venerated attributes. Cheers to that! Combining a little wine tasting with your cultural and historical discovery of Lyon, in central France, is a brilliant way to experience the very best the country has to offer. Book your holiday rental apartment in Old Lyon, the historical centre of this immensely enticing city and, when you want a break from sightseeing, rent a car and head to the two most famous wine regions around: Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Not only will you have the chance to visit some of the most celebrated wine houses in France, but you’ll also be able to immerse yourself in the stunning countryside which has continues to make this, the most visited country on earth. Beaujolais The Beaujolais Wine Road (Route du Vin) is easily reached from Old Lyon by taking the A6 north of town for just under 50km. This most stunning region enjoys a much milder climate than its northerly neighbour (Burgundy) and produces over a dozen blends ...

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