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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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Paris on a budget, the Champs-Élysées area

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Paris on a budget, the Champs-Élysées area

Travelling to Paris for a week of blissful relaxation and sightseeing is bound to be one of the best ways to put a spring back in your step. Nowadays, finding fantastic deals on flights and Eurostar train rides is the norm, so your little getaway need not break the bank either. But what about when you get there? Are you likely to part with all your hard earned savings? Of course you are! Between expensive hotels, meals, transport and entry tickets into museums, you will soon realize that even a short week-end away can cost you big time. But there are many ways to reduce the cost of a visit to Paris, without reducing the quality of your vacation. Follow our best ever guide to ‘doing’ Paris on a budget and you could easily be planning several weeks away in the City of Lights & Love. Keep it Close Some people choose to stay well away from the city centre, in the hope that they’ll be saving on accommodation costs. While this may be true some of some cities, in Paris it actually pays to stay nice and close to the attractions. Your best bet is to book an apartment near ...

Take an Intimate Tour of Paris’ Eiffel Tower

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Take an Intimate Tour of Paris’ Eiffel Tower

Renowned the world over as one of the most romantic icons in existence, the Eiffel Tower in Paris has a way of inspiring awe, admiration and quite a few sighs, in all who visit. No matter how many times you see it, or from which angle you first view it, this most grandiose feat of engineering is one mighty impressive site. Whether you happen to hop off the bus and stumble across it, or walk for miles around Paris trying to find its perfect viewing spot, the Eiffel Tower remains the most celebrated attraction in the whole city and quite possibly the entire country. While most people simply buy a ticket online, join the queues, climb it and then go on their merry way, we’d highly recommend dedicating some serious time to appreciating this illustrious structure. When next in Paris, book a holiday apartment near the Eiffel Tower area (Champs de Mars) and give it the respect it deserves! Follow our very intimate guide to the tower, the ideal spots from where to photograph it, and take home some truly unforgettable memories. Close or far? Some people argue that tall structures like the Eiffel Tower are best viewed from afar, when all of ...

Best Walking Guide, Le Marais, Paris

Travel Tips for Area: Marais
Best Walking Guide, Le Marais, Paris

[pinit] When on holiday in Paris, choose to stay in Le Marais, the most historic and culturally enhanced area of the French capital. Opulent buildings, magnificent museums and unique stores and café are just the tip of the iceberg in this most fashionable nook of Paris. Le Marais enjoyed quite noble beginnings, being the district of choice for the French élite, yet suffered one of France’s most ironic transitions, when it became home to the new country’s struggling artists, philosophers and literati. Nowadays this translates to a district adorned with extravagant old buildings yet inhabited by local and foreign bohemian and alternative types, representing the true essence of modern day France. Book your holiday rental apartment in Le Marais and let us take you through its street in a walking tour you’ll never forget. To get the most out of your Le Marais tour, start your day in one of the most iconic Paris landmarks: the Place de la Bastille, site of the 1789 revolution which saw heads roll and a new French era begin. Granted, there’s not much left of the old Bastille (only an enormous monument erected in honour of the French Revolutions), but the area still boasts an ...

Best shoes shopping in St Germain, Paris

Travel Tips for Area: St Germain
Best shoes shopping in St Germain, Paris

It is often said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we beg to differ. We say shoes are a girl’s best friend darling sweetie. Paris, the most chic of European capitals, is considered by all self-respecting shoe worshippers as the absolute mecca, and a visit here a dream to fulfil at least once in a lifetime, if not once a year. Indeed, a shoe shopping spree in Paris is considered by some to be a religious experience like no other. The French capital is renowned for being the cradle of style, elegance and effortless beauty. Paris is not only home to some of the most famous shoe-brands in the world, but it also attracts the most talented up-and-coming artists and designers, meaning you will find that ‘one of a kind’ pair of heels no matter how much (or little) you spend. When planning your trip to Paris, we suggest you concentrate on THE shopping district of St. German-des-Prés. Stylish, gorgeous and very Parisienne, St. Germain is not only one of the most elegant parts of Paris, but it is also a bubbly and vibrant university quarter. Long established boutiques sit alongside trendy new bars; perfectly coiffed middle-aged madams rub ...

Shopping havens in Opera area, Paris

Travel Tips for Area: Opera
Shopping havens in Opera area, Paris

No Paris holiday is ever complete without a hard-core shopping spree! Be it for food, perfumes, knick-knacks, designer clothes or art, there’s no better city in the world to spend your heard-earned holiday dollars. Should you be looking for holiday rental apartment in Paris, then keep in mind that the area around the Paris opera house, the Palais Garnier, is your best bet if you want to really absorb the true essence of Parisian life. Dine, shop and feel your way through Paris, just by stepping out of your front door! To help you on your merry Paris shopping way, we’ve compiled a walking tour which will guide you to the most popular shopping havens in the area. Start your day out front of the Opera Metro station and discover the unadulterated bliss that retail therapy can bestow on even the most discerning tourists. Fragonard Perfume Museum Located merely meters from the colossal Palais Garnier, this unusual museum is a true treat for your senses. The lovely collections shown in the Fragonard Perfume museum showcase almost three thousand years of perfume history! Testers and gift-boxes are also available to purchase, making this one of the most enjoyable educational outings in Paris! Printemps de la ...

A short history of the Palais Garnier, Paris

Travel Tips for Area: Opera
A short history of the Palais Garnier, Paris

It is often said that the best laid plans are always the most challenging. Sometimes, it is the smallest detail which threatens to ruin a project you’ve been planning for years! While the idea of building an extravagant opera house in the centre of Paris seemed simple enough at the time, it almost failed before it even began. Napoleon III, who turned out to be the last head monarch of France, was renowned for his opulent tastes, and had dreamed of the 2,200-seat architectural feat for years. In 1862, after clearing nearly three acres of land, on the site where the Opera House would be built, an underwater lake was discovered. It turned out that, with all the planning and organizing, no-one had bothered to really check the ground...and the next 12 months were spent implementing projects and measures to dry up the swampy land. In order to assure the future structure would be left undamaged for centuries to come, architect Charles Garnier devised a double foundation system. Between the first and second layer lies an enormous hidden cave; curiously though, this underground dungeon-like space (certainly big enough for anyone to live in) is what inspired Gaston Leroux to write ...

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