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Marseille is the second-largest city in France, after Paris, boasting a population of 850,000. Historically, it was the most important trade center in the region and functioned as the main trading port for the French empire. Learn more about the history of Marseille here. This city is currently the largest commercial port in France, and is the largest city on the southern French coast of the Mediterranean. Located between Montpellier and Nice, Marseille is also the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm to hot, mostly dry summers. Marseille has a vast public transportation system involving trams, metro, and busses, all under an easy ticketing system. There is also a very sophisticated bike rental system, which many argue is the best way to see the city. Residents of Marseille are known as Marseillais.

This article is the first part of a two-part series featuring Marseille; in it you will learn about some of the most popular destinations in town. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of London skyline The London skyline is a sight to behold

It’s arguably the favorite word of children everywhere – summertime! Question: When school is out, what can you do to keep the kids from getting bored? Answer: get inspired from our list of our top 10 favorite family-friendly things to do in London! (But who says summertime gets all the fun? We recommend these top yearly events in London, too!)

1. Nearby beaches

Nothing spells summertime quite like a dip in the water! Broadstairs and Sunny Sands are two beaches located in the nearby county of Kent. In the county of East Sussex, you’ll find Camber Sands and in the county of West Sussex you’ll find Littlehampton Beach. The best part? All of these locales are under a two hour commute from the city. Day trip or weekend excursion? You decide. Take advantage of our London vacation rentals for easy access to beachfront adventures! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Coney Island Beach The beautiful summer sunset at Coney Island Beach

Since kids are out of school for the summer, there is no better way of keeping them entertained than bringing them to the city that never sleeps, New York City! With activities ranging from a trip to the amusement park at Coney Island to a visit to the Bronx Zoo, NYC has everything needed to make a summer vacation unforgettable for the whole family.

1. Outdoor Movies/Plays

NYC is known for an abundance of theater and film in its five boroughs. The warm temperatures of summer bring these great productions outdoors for all to enjoy! Shakespeare in the Park, held in the iconic Central Park, will be performing The Tempest and Cymbeline, and it is completely free! If your family enjoys films rather than plays, no need to fret! Pack a family picnic and enjoy a summer evening at the Central Park Film Festival, which holds free showings of movies for a week straight. What about a view of the dazzling Hudson River? The Summer on the Hudson festival boasts opportunities to view movies, participate in children’s dance parties and even hosts early morning yoga sessions for parents! Your whole family will love these free events and it won’t leave a dent in your wallet! Check out more summer cultural events in NYC. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of The Louvre The Louvre, the iconic museum that holds Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

While some believe that bringing kids on a vacation could only cause complications, there is no need to fret when planning a Parisian summer getaway. We have compiled the best kid-friendly activities in the bustling city of Paris! Ranging from trips to zoos to beach getaways on the Seine, these fun activities will provide great memories for all children!

1. Visit Paris’ Fairs

Paris has numerous fairs in the summer which provide great activities for those of all ages. The Fête des Tuileries is a traditional fair held in the Tuileries Gardens from late June to late August. This fair has a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and rollercoasters for everyone in the family. Also, a fair could not be considered a fair without extraordinary food! Specializing in crepes, churros and beignets, this fair will satisfy the sweet tooth of adults and children alike. Check out furnished apartments in the 1st Arrondissement, where this festival takes place. Another Parisian must-see fair is the Fête des Loges, the city’s oldest fair, which can be dated back to 1652. Very similar to the Fête des Tuileries in style, there are many attractions for your little ones such as carnival games and age appropriate roller coasters. What is unique to this fair is its excellent food selection. While the traditional fair food is present, multiple restaurants serve their gourmet dishes for all to enjoy. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of sandwiches Delis are the best places to pick up a sandwich (or two!) for lunch

For a quick and tasty lunch, there is nothing like a delicatessen. For the uninitiated, delis are eateries where customers purchase fine goods or delicacies – smoked meats, cold cuts, breads, etc. New York is the American city most associated with the art of the delicatessen, thanks to its extensive history of welcoming Jewish and Italian immigrants. Here are our picks for the best places to pick up a sandwich, soup, or other old-world delicacy!

1. Katz’s Delicatessen

Image of Katz’s Deli Katz’s Deli: a true New York institution

Katz’s Delicatessen is one of the most famous eateries in New York, notable for its history (still going strong after 125 years in business) and its signature cold cuts. An emblem of the Lower East Side’s immigrant history, it still retains its Jewish heritage in its menu (lox is a popular item) and by preserving its past in photographs along the walls. Their sandwiches are around $20 apiece, but their quality and size make up for the cost. Located on East Houston Street, Katz’s is accessible via the F, J, or D train. Snag a seat at this New York institution during your visit, and peruse the surrounding Lower East Side too! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Saint James Park View of the Saint James Palace in the oldest park in London, Saint James Park!

Parks play a vital role in what makes a city unique and London is no exception! London has an abundance of parks and squares, so residents and visitors do not lack precious green space. Not only do parks offer a retreat from city life, they are incredibly beneficial to the city’s economy, healthy lifestyle and vacation tourism. The parks also preserve ecological biodiversity, which benefits the environment, and also promotes outdoor living to encourage well-being! These ten parks in London showcase exactly why having parks can be so advantageous for the city and overall population.

1. Hyde Park

Did you know that Hyde Park, one of the most well-known parks in London, is the eastern side of the continuous green space that is shared with Kensington Gardens? Hyde Park, the more well known of the two, is often mistaken to be the entire park! With many entertaining activities to do in Hyde Park, such as play tennis or soccer, swim, horseback ride or to just take a stroll; this 142 hectare park has something to for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts, consider staying in the neighborhood of Westminster to get optimal access to Hyde Park! There are multiple London landmarks within Hyde Park for locals and tourists to visit. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is 7-mile walk through Hyde Park and its neighboring parks to see famous buildings and locations associated with the Princess. Another attraction in Hyde Park is the Speakers’ Corner. This is an alluring open-air place of public speaking where people are free to discuss and debate. Dynamism provides thousands of people the experience of the many great aspects of Hyde Park, every day. Read the entire story here…»

 

Photo of Midtown East Midtown East from across the East River

There’s no denying that New York City’s skyline is the most recognized skyline in the world. That skyline would not be the same without the towering icons of Midtown East, including Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations Headquarters and more. This article continues our Live Like A Local series, in which we discuss how to experience New York like a New Yorker. For more from this series, consider checking out our neighborhood tips on nearby Chelsea and vibrant Hell’s Kitchen.

Welcome to Midtown East:

Located east of 5th Avenue and west of the East River between 42nd and 59th Streets, Midtown East is historically one of the most commercial districts in New York. Every day the population fluctuates from 200,000 during the day to just over 40,000 at night. Due to its proximity to Grand Central and its reputation for being the flagship of business it is also hugely convenient. Combined with Midtown West, Midtown East is the largest commercial, entertainment, and media center in the world. Famous residents include fashion icon Ivanka Trump, New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, and international supermodel Angie Everhart.

Midtown east is easily accessible via public transit, including multiple bus lines, the Metro-North Railroad, the 4, 5, 6, 7, S, E and M trains, as well as by car via the FDR drive. Don’t worry about timing your visit – there’s something going on all year ‘round! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Notting Hill Townhouses Notting Hill, London is known for their beautiful townhouses, built in the 19th century.

Possibly one of the most transformative neighborhoods of London, Notting Hill has a rich history that encompasses multiple cultural aspects of art and music that make this neighborhood so charming and unique!

Notting Hill, London welcomes you!

Notting Hill is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is in close proximity to the Kensington and Holland Park neighborhoods. While these three neighborhoods are rich with modern conveniences, such as shopping and restaurants, Notting Hill has a much more dynamic antiquity. The neighborhood was considered less than desirable up until the 1980’s but has now become one of the most sought after areas of London! This area is known for its bi-weekly markets on Portobello Road and the annual Notting Hill Carnival! While those events attract tourists and locals alike, this neighborhood has a rich history in music and art that is less well known with tourists but are all the more enjoyable!

In this article, we will explore the art and music scene in this distinctive neighborhood! To get a better understanding of the neighborhood as a whole, learn to live like a local in Notting Hill, London! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of handmade baskets Provence’s markets are known for their handmade goods, including these woven baskets

The Provencal region has beautiful beaches, beautiful residents, and a beautiful artistic legacy. It also happens to be the home of some of the country’s best shopping, particularly for produce, spices and handmade crafts. (To get you started, why not take a look at the southern French cuisine you’ll find in the area?) While it may be difficult for you to peel yourself away from the amazingly blue waters, trust us: the marketplaces are worth a few hours of your time – or multiple visits! C’est magnifique!

1. Aix en Provence

Image of a flower market Place de l’Hotel de Ville in Aix en Provence is famous for its flower market

Old Town serves as the central hub for many of the markets in Aix, with Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday being the most popular. (You can get a sense of what a Provencal market is like here.) Place de Prêcheurs is the setting for fruit and vegetable vendors (perfect for vegetarians looking to cook meat-free dishes!); Place de l’Hôtel de Ville is where you can pick up a fresh bouquet for your beloved and browse older tomes for your library. Craftier folks will find the markets for textiles and antiquities precisely to their liking at the Cours Mirabeau and Place de Verdun, respectively. If you are in town during the month of December, don’t pass up the opportunity to tour the exquisite Christmas markets. Aix en Provence has a lot more going on that just its markets, however – see what else you can accomplish in this city, even in a 48 hour trip! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of Eiffel Tower carousel The famous carousel outside the Eiffel Tower

Traveling is a joy – it broadens horizons and brings people together to share stories and laughs. The experience is made all the more memorable when you travel with your family. But when everyone is paired off into different hotel rooms it can sometimes feel like you’re not traveling together at all. The solution? A vacation rental with enough space for the whole crew. In this post we’ve chosen a few of the best examples of family-friendly apartments in Paris everyone is sure to love.

1. Three-Bedroom vacation rental in Bastille

Paris -2820 A literary haven in Bastille (PA-2820)

Walking into this charming Bastille apartment is like stepping into the secret library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Colorful books on every subject are artfully tucked into whitewashed bookshelves stretching across multiple walls throughout the apartment. They pop like pieces of candy against the neutral hardwood floors and pale furniture, encouraging everyone who sees them to pick one up and flip through Paris’s rich culture. This dual-story apartment is located on the third floor of a four story walk up (find out why Paris has so many stairs!), and has a king, queen, and twin bed between its three bedrooms. The neighborhood itself is one of the most historic districts in Paris, within walking distance of the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the Musee du Fumeur and Pont de Bercy. The closest metro stations include the Bastille and the Gare de Lyon. Read the entire story here…»