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Image of Hearts Check out our best apartments for a romantic getaway to Paris!

The French capital city of Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world. The winding streets and Renaissance architecture will leave you and your significant other in a trance. Experience firsthand why this city attracts millions of couples! Cozy up with your loved one in an environment that feels like home, a furnished apartment! We have compiled a list of apartments that are perfect for your romantic getaway to Paris.

One Bedroom Apartment in Les Halles (1st Arrondissement)

Image of PA-3574 This cozy apartment has all the furnishing you could need on your trip to the French capital city!

This one bedroom vacation rental in Les Halles is located in the 1st Arrondissement. You will find quaint contemporary furnishings in the living room, complimented by stunning herringbone hardwood floors. The room features two sofas, a coffee table, a phone and a TV with cable. The open concept eat-in kitchen features everything you need to prepare your own meals including a fridge, microwave, stovetop and coffee maker. The bathroom offers modern finishes for the shower, WC and the sink with a vanity. The simple bedroom has a plush full sized bed and offers ample closet space to make your romantic stay comfortable. This neighborhood has many restaurants and nightlife to enjoy as well as many popular Parisian attractions, including the Louvre Museum and the Jardin des Tuileries. Learn more about The Louvre, an iconic neighborhood sight. This neighborhood is also closely situated near the iconic Eiffel Tower, so check out some of our apartments with a view! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Big Ben in the Fall London’s Big Ben, framed by fall leaves on the Thames River

Whether it’s rain or shine in London, there are lots of activities to do for visitors of all ages. You can take advantage of the warm weather at the beginning of autumn in one of London’s many parks and outdoor spaces or head to one of the city’s world-renowned museums for rotating exhibits. Special events throughout the season can help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in London!

1. Spend an afternoon in Kensington Park at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.

Located in Kensington Park, one of central London’s largest green spaces, this playground is a great stop on an afternoon walk or as a destination of its own. There’s a large ship, a tree house complex and a teepee camp to play on, one of many great free options for exploring the city. It’s no wonder that this is the most popular park in London! For parents, there’s a convenient café and changing stations, making it easy to relax while the kids are having fun. Nearby the playground in the northwest corner of the park, you can also check out the round pond and gardens in the back of Kensington Palace. Admission to the royal residence is free for children under 13 and £16-£17 for adults. For other green spaces in London, check out our Top 10 list! Read the entire story here…»

 

The Big Apple. Gotham. The City That Never Sleeps. Whatever name you use to describe New York, one thing is certain – New York City is a lifestyle, not just a metropolis. We’ve made a list of the top ten most iconic spots in this spectacular place. After all – New York, New York…what a wonderful town!

1. Times Square

Image of Times Square Times Square shines as the city’s (neon) center

The official heart of New York’s tourist district, Times Square is the home of Broadway’s best theaters, shopping and dining opportunities – and oh yes, those giant eye-popping billboards. The area, wedged between 7th Avenue and Broadway and stretching across most of the West forties, has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space — so go ahead, snap that selfie before you head off to the theatre. For a more in-depth look at Times Square, click here.

2. Shopping on 34th Street

Those who think that the shopping begins and ends in Times Square have a lesson or two to learn. Head a few blocks south and you’ll find an equally diverse array of merchants. Sure, Times Square has that massive Toys ‘R’ Us, but 34th Street has something (arguably) even greater: the world’s second largest department store, Macy’s Herald Square. This retail giant is the home of countless fashion labels, world-famous Christmas windows, and an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you emerge from the ten-plus floors unsatisfied, rejoice: nearby is the Manhattan Mall and flagship stores of popular brands Victoria’s Secret and a recently opened H&M. After you’ve done your day’s shopping, why not stay at a New York Habitat vacation rental? Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Soaps Beautiful handmade perfumes and soaps at a street market in Grasse, France.

While many ancient societies commonly used perfumes, it was the French that made it a luxury item. Known as the perfume capital of the world, the town of Grasse in the South of France has the ideal climate to grow essential flowers, including jasmine and lavender. These ingredients are used to create the absolute best perfumes the modern world has come to know and love. Discover the top five perfumeries in the South of France where you can get a firsthand look at how these marvelous scents are created.

1. Galimard

Image of Grasse The lush greenery and flora on the hillsides in Grasse are used to make perfumes.

The Galimard Perfumery was originally founded by Jean de Galimard in 1747 and is the third oldest perfumery in the world. Yes, you read that right; this well respected perfumery is 268 years old! Since its founding, Galimard Perfumeries have maintained the original recipes that were used for King Louis XV, who reigned until his death in 1774. Its blend of jasmine, rose, lavender, orange flower and tuberose creates a scent that is loved by all. Did you know that you can take a tour of the factory and museum, which are located in Grasse? Offered 365 days a year, this guided tour will show you the laboratory where the perfumes are created from the extraction of locally grown fresh flowers. You can watch the bottling process and if you’re lucky, may even be told some of the company’s secrets to these time-honored scents! Stay in one of our vacation rentals in Nice, which have easy access to the town of Grasse and its perfumeries! Explore more about the city of Nice, France. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the village of Les Baux-de-Provence A typical Provençal landscape outside Les Baux de Provence

Provence’s rich history, dramatic landscapes and charming cities have attracted foreign visitors for centuries. This region has lots to offer, with international festivals, special cultural events and ample joie de vivre—the perfect environment for a romantic trip with your significant other! Enjoy all of France’s cultural atmosphere and the warm sun of the South of France by escaping with your loved one to Provence for a memorable vacation in one of our furnished rentals.

Garden Studio Loft with Terrace and Pool Access

Image of a poolside garden terrace You can lounge poolside with this romantic studio in Boulbon

Have you always dreamed of living the good life in a peaceful village in the French countryside? This charming studio vacation rental gives you the chance to do so in style, combining convenient amenities (air conditioning, fridge, modern bathroom), the luxury of an outdoor pool and terrace, and a location in the bucolic village of Boulbon, complete with traditional outdoor markets and a medieval château. After climbing a set of spiral stairs up from the garden of the larger villa (inhabited by the owners), you’ll find a stone-floored studio with a sofa, eat-in kitchen and a double bed (140cm wide) in a mezzanine above the main room. The bathroom is stylishly modern, with a large mirror and rainfall shower head. This vacation rental is well-placed for trips to some of the top 10 villages in Provence, less than an hour’s drive away! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Heart A couple makes a heart around the iconic Empire State Building

The city that never sleeps welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are many ways to enjoy what New York City has to offer, but one of the best ways is with your significant other. This large city boasts many romantic neighborhoods and beautiful scenery for you and your loved one to enjoy. Each borough offers an incomparable charm that will cause you and your other half to fall in love all over again. We have hand selected the perfect apartments for that romantic getaway both you and your companion desire!

Alcove Studio in the East Village

Image of NY-14835 This charming alcove studio can be yours on your romantic getaway to the East Village, Manhattan.

This alcove studio vacation rental is located in the East Village of Manhattan, New York. This charming apartment is furnished with contemporary décor and has desirable features including hardwood flooring and a backyard garden. The living area has ample space for you and your significant other since it is furnished with a sofa, dining table and a TV with cable. The alcove offers an ornate king sized bed for maximum comfort and has access to the backyard garden. This eloquent outside space is rare in New York City, so don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy a glass of fine wine with your significant other in this captivating space. This neighborhood is a great place for couples due to the volume of restaurants, nightlife and parks to take a stroll in. This location is not far from the iconic East River, where you will get breathtaking views of the beautiful Williamsburg Bridge. Learn to live like a local in the East Village on your romantic getaway! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Big Ben and Parliament Big Ben and Parliament are iconic images of the city

London, a metropolitan wonder, does not disappoint during the summertime. For the millions who call this U.K. capital home (and to the many more who visit in the months of June, July, and August) it is a city that celebrates its sunny days with style! Here are some of our favorite events and activities to enjoy in the 2015 London sunshine!

See Outdoor Movies in London

Image of movie screening at South Bank The South Bank is just one place where you can catch an outdoor movie screening!

  • Pop Up Screens: Science lovers are in for a treat during this annual cinema screening series. Alien, The Terminator 2, Apollo 13, Shaun of the Dead and others will be shown beginning May 15. For just £18 (and £12 for those in the National Union of Students) you can enjoy these films – with commentary discussing their scientific validity – at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Read the entire story here…»
 

In Central Park, the Great Lawn contrasts the dramatic city skyline Summer adds much-needed green to the city’s concrete jungle.

While many New Yorkers flee the city in the summer to vacation homes on Long Island, they’re missing out on the wide range of outdoor activities that the city offers to those who stick around. With the warm weather comes the best free events in NYC, from film festivals to parades and concert series. With all these options to choose from, it’s no wonder people come from all across the world to experience New York City in the summer! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Skyline View of the Parisian skyline from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Paris, France is a city so unique that it offers many opportunities for visitors and locals alike. With the sun shining and the steadiness of the breeze in the summertime, this spectacular city welcomes you with open arms with many seasonal events. Our 2015 summer guide will give you many options for how to spend your time on your trip to Paris in the warmer months.

See Outdoor Movies in Paris

Enjoy the fresh air of summer with an outdoor movie! There is no need to spend an afternoon cooped up in a theater while the weather is so pleasant. The Cinema en Plein Air is an outdoor film festival held in the Prairie du Triangle, within Parc de la Villette from July 22nd to August 23rd. Learn more about this famous open air festival. Another great outdoor film festival is the Cinema au Clair de Lune. Hosted by the Forum des Images, this festival will be held from July 30th to August 10th . This festival rotates around the Arrondissements for 9 nights of free films! Bring some snacks and relax under the stars while watching a classic movie. Discover our vacation rentals in the 19th Arrondissement to keep close to all the action! Read the entire story here…»

 

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…»