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Image of Louis Vuitton Foundation building The Louis Vuitton Foundation promotes arts and culture in Paris.(Credit : Daniel Buren L'observatoire de la lumiere travail in situ- Guignard)

When you dream of Paris, you envision strolling through art galleries with a glass of wine in hand or dressing up in the latest haute couture and making your grand entrance into the opera hall. Paris is known as a city of the arts, one trip here and you will certainly see why. Aside from all of the usual tourist sites and museums, take some time to discover this epicenter of the performing arts. Here you will find something to fit everyone’s taste, from opera, theater and ballet to the latest concert line ups and cabaret. And because its Paris, the venues themselves are as intriguing as the events they house. On your next trip to Paris, rent an apartment near one of these iconic venues and immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Paris.

A mix of fashion and art is everywhere in Paris, so it’s not surprising that Louis Vuitton created the non-profit Louis Vuitton Foundation, an art museum and cultural center here, to promote arts and culture in Paris. And of course, it could only be designed by one of the best, the famous architect Frank Gehry, whose internationally acclaimed works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain. The foundation is located in the 16th arrondissement, and is worth the trip just for the amazing architecture alone. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the pool of the London Virgin Active gym club with the skyline in the background Swim with a view at this penthouse pool at the Virgin Active gym club. (Credit: Canary Riverside Health Club)

London doesn’t need famous beaches to offer lots of places to go for a dip, from pristine pools to tree-lined lakes, you won’t be far from the water this summer. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your furnished apartment complex, then swimming for pleasure or fitness may be a part of your daily routine. You can also get passes to pools like the one pictured above, located in a private gym club on the top floor. For the rest of us, it’s a great way to escape every once in a while. There are plenty of places in London that are open to the public where you can relax or work on your technique. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of people swimming in Astoria Park Pool with Triboro Bridge in the background Swim with a view at the Astoria Park Pool one of many great NYC pools.(credit:NYC Parks )

When you think of lounging by a pool relaxing the hot summer day away, the last place that probably comes to mind is NYC, but amid all the concrete and skyscrapers these elusive urban oases can be found, you just have to know where to look. New York Habitat can help you find the perfect furnished apartment in New York City. From apartment buildings to hotel rooftops and gyms, read on to find a spot to cool off this summer in the urban jungle. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of marathon runners on the Verrazano Bridge The NYC Marathon crosses iconic landmarks like the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (Photo credit: TCS New York City Marathon http://www.nyrr.org/)

New York is famous for its nightlife and culture more than its athletic events, but the city is a hub for all kinds of athletes. One of the most famous events that take place in NYC is the TCS New York City Marathon, held every fall. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though, as our guide to marathons in the city shows. While you’re planning your stay, take a look at our furnished rentals around the city, a great alternative to hotels. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Piscine Josephine Baker You can’t swim in the Seine, but you can swim right above it!

While it might not be famous for its beaches, Paris has lots of places to cool off in the summer or get in some exercise: unique pools spread around the city. From Seine-side swimming spots to hidden pools that resemble resorts, you’re bound to find something you like with great pools like these! After a swim or a day lounging in the sun poolside, we’ve got nearby furnished apartments for you to relax in, so take a dip and see what Paris has to offer! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of British flags and double decker buses Check out our guide to events and activities in London this summer.

London is a vibrant and culturally diverse city to enjoy in the summer. With four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of the world’s top museums, hundreds of festivals, and beautiful parks, there is something for everyone.

Image of people sitting on grass with fountains and statue Trafalgar Square is a favorite central hang out in London in the summer.

It isn’t easy to pinpoint the heart of London. Visitors all have differing views of where the center of London really is, though if you find yourself in Trafalgar Square you aren’t very far away. Overlooked by the National Gallery, just a short walk to the River Thames, and close to both Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, why not start your journey here. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the Metropolitan Museum’s roof by Central Park One of the city’s most famous roofs, the Met offers stunning views of Central Park. (Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Hyla Skopitz)

More than any other city, New York is oriented vertically, with shining glass canyons and sweeping bridges dotting the skyline. There’s no better place to enjoy the unique vistas that NYC offers than on one of the city’s many rooftops, whether above a furnished apartment, a cultural icon, or a nightlife hotspot.

See the city from above with our guide to some of the best rooftops in town. You can take in all that the city has to offer! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of picnicking tourists under the Eiffel Tower Find a nice seat on the Champs de Mars, beneath the Eiffel Tower, for a picture-perfect summer picnic.

While it might be springtime in Paris that became a cliché, summer in the City of Lights is perhaps even more pleasant. Unique events, beautiful green spaces, and (of course) great outdoor dining and entertainment make the summer one of the best times to visit Paris, whether for a weekend or a longer stay.

The seasonal fun extends across the city’s 20 arrondissements and beyond, but you’ll want to find the perfect vacation rental or furnished apartment for your stay. Take a look at our guide to summer in the city and you can plan a trip that will make you want to stay forever! Read the entire story here…»

 

Collage of Battery Park and view of Freedom Tower and rooftop terrace At the southern tip of Manhattan lays a green oasis.

When you think of New York City images of skyscrapers and bustling Times Square pop into mind, but if you know where to look there’s a whole other side of the city that the typical tourist never sees. Gardens and parks provide a green respite from the hectic pace of big city living. While the masses flock to Central Park, here are some lesser known green spaces to visit when you’re in NYC on a beautiful day. Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of people playing volleyball with NYC skyline and Freedom Tower in background Join in on NYC’s interpretation of beach volleyball. (Credit: http://jpblaisephotography.com/)

Summer in the City: for some New Yorkers it means getting as far away from the city as possi-ble. But with all the events, free concerts and activities available, for those in the know, it can be the best time of the year to be in New York City! Our guide to all the hottest things to do will surely make you want to stick around and discover how great summer in NYC can be.

Catch a Flick In the Open Air

Picture of a crowd watching a movie screen outdoors in Bryant Park Summer in NYC means outdoor movies!

Everyone loves movies and summer is all about the outdoors, so it’s no wonder New Yorkers love combining the two. All over NYC outdoor movie lineups are being announced. The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation hosts free outdoor movie events throughout the summer in parks throughout the five boroughs. Check their website for the schedule with times and loca-tions. SummerScreen is Brooklyn’s annual free outdoor film and music series held in McCarren Park in Williamsburg every Wednesday in July and August. Live music starts at 6pm with the cult classic film pick of the night to follow at sundown. This year’s line up includes thrillers like Scream, and the popular action flick The Fast And The Furious. Bryant Park in Manhattan features some family-friendly outdoor movies, so bring a picnic blanket, grab some free popcorn and enjoy with the kids! If you’re into foreign films Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens is the place for you. Its annual film festival features a different country or culture each Wednesday evening at 7pm between July 6th and August 24th. Each film is paired with live international music and local food vendors representing each week’s featured country of origin. Even the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum gets in on the fun screening military and space themed movies like Top Gun, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Apollo 13 that you watch outdoors right on the Intrepid flight deck! Read the entire story here…»