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Image of still from West Side Story with Marie and Tony on a fire escape One of the most memorable NYC fire escape appearances was in West Side Story.

In the movie West Side Story – a riff on Romeo and Juliet set in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s – the star-crossed lovers court each other not from a balcony, but on a New York fire escape. How often these ubiquitous metal structures are climbed for a late-night rendezvous is anyone’s guess, but inventive New Yorkers have put them to countless uses since the Tenement House Act first required them in 1867. (An amendment to the law in 1887 mandated indoor toilets…Progress!) In that distant time before air conditioning, fire escapes could be a welcome, if sometimes dangerous, place to sleep outside. Or perhaps that’s where you kept your ice box – or just about anything. These days, fire escapes remain a popular place for residents without a backyard to barbecue on small grills or sit down with a good book while getting a summer tan. Others transform them into colorful potted gardens filled with flowers and herbs. Most uses, like barbecues and gardens are actually considered illegal. With so many possible adaptations it’s easy to take them for granted and forget their original purpose – a way to escape a fire!

Big fires may be rare in this well-regulated city of millions, but as a new tenant in a New York building with an outdoor fire escape, there is some important basic information you’ll want to know: Read the entire story here…»


Image of a double decker bus on a road in front of the Palace of Westminster, London London has a lot more to it than just iconic double decker buses and Big Ben.

In a global city like London, there’s no way to see all of the sights in just one weekend, even if it is a long one. But with our guide to how to best spend your short London trip, you can catch as many of the city’s top destinations as you can! And you can do so while staying in an apartment of your choosing anywhere in the city. Whether you’re looking to see world-famous works of art, experience the refined high culture of the British capital, or simply enjoy a pint in an authentic pub, our list can help you set your itinerary for a trip to remember.

1. Get your fill of London’s many museums

Image of the great hall in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London The scale of the Victoria and Albert Museum is impressive, just like its collections.

A global hub for art, design, industry and commerce, it’s no wonder London has some of the world’s most famous museums. In fact, there are so many that you can easily spend your whole trip trying to see them all! If you’re looking for entertainment in the city on a rainy weekend or you simply want a great way to spend the afternoon indoors, there’s no better collection than that of the Victoria and Albert Museum of design and decorative arts, the world’s largest museum of its kind. Read the entire story here…»


Image of NYC skyline Make the most of your long weekend in NYC!

Visiting New York City and seeing all the attractions and iconic locations up close and personal is on everyone’s bucket list. What happens if you only have a long weekend to spare? How can you make the most of your short trip in New York City? Keep reading to find out!

1. Visit the City’s Landmarks

Image of an overview of the Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty has been an important monument for all generations.

There are tons of iconic buildings and locations around New York City to begin your trip with! Head to the Empire State Building and make your way to the 86th floor to experience the observation deck and take in panoramic views of the glorious city. Read the entire story here…»


The South of France has been an international vacation destination for centuries, with admiring foreign visitors giving their names to prominent places such as the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. For your South of France trip, take part in the grand tradition of leisure and joie de vivre in Provence and the French Riviera with our vacation rentals! There are lots of options for recreation, relaxation, and everything in between. And with our wide selection of vacation rentals, you won’t have any trouble finding a unique home-away-from-home with features that the whole family will love!

1. Stunning Ocean Views

Image of two outdoor patio chairs on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea Picturesque views are just one of the many benefits of living by the sea

The Mediterranean Sea has always been a vital part of life in the South of France, as important to its culture as to its identity. Today, its warm blue waters are one of the biggest draws for visitors to the region. With hundreds of miles of craggy coastline and dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea, there are lots of options for enjoying the coastline. For one, you can take in amazing views of the water from right outside your door at our 6 Bedroom Rental in Bormes Les Mimosas, a hilltop vacation rental that will blow you away! Read the entire story here…»


It isn’t for nothing that Paris is known as the City of Love! With its cobblestone streets, cozy café terraces and bohemian atmosphere, there are plenty of reasons for lovers to visit Paris. If you’re traveling on a budget or with a fixed time frame, the options can be overwhelming – but fear not! Our list of the Top 10 Romantic Activities in Paris will help you get your bearings and make the most of your Paris getaway with your significant other.

1. Bateaux Mouches

Image of a bateau mouche (tourist boat) on the Seine River by the Eiffel Tower Paris’s most famous sights are best seen from a bateau mouche on the River Seine

As Paris’s literal and symbolic center, the Seine River has always been a driving force of city life. What’s more, most of Paris’s most popular sights are best seen from the river itself! One of the best ways to engage with the city is to take a bateau mouche, or open tour boat, on a slow cruise down the Seine. While some boats simply tour the major sights, others have special dining experiences and entertainment, a great option for a night to remember! Read the entire story here…»


Many may not know this, but London is just as romantic a city as Paris or New York. You’ve picked a picture-perfect city for your romantic night, weekend or week, but now you need to plan your itinerary. Don’t worry, we’ve come up with a list of activities to keep you entertained with your date whatever the length of your trip. Before you plan that itinerary, make sure you’ve secured the perfect vacation rental for a romantic getaway to London! Keep reading to find out our top 10 romantic activities in London!

Image of a park Take a leisurely stroll through the park with your partner and enjoy the beautiful foliage.

1. Romantic Strolls Through the Park

Picture you and your date strolling through the park, hand in hand, admiring not only the beau-tiful gardens, but also each other. For starters, head to the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park, the Royal Borough’s largest park. This garden is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. It’s particularly beautiful during the spring and summer seasons when all of the flowers are blooming. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, sit by the waterfall, or say hello to the fish in the large koi pond. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a peacock or two during your stroll, they roam around freely! Read the entire story here…»


Image of an overview of fall trees The beautiful foliage is just one reason that makes fall in NYC magical.

With the crisp autumn air, the colorful leaves falling to the ground, and the smell of pumpkin pie, there’s nothing better than Thanksgiving in New York. There’s plenty to do and see with your family during this time, from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to ice skating in Rockefeller Center. One thing is for sure, you’ll need a place to stay. Keep reading to find out the best apartments for spending Thanksgiving as a family in New York!

Three Bedroom Triplex in a Harlem Townhouse

Image of living room 1 of apartment NY-11554 This Harlem vacation rental is perfect for larger families as it sleeps up to 12 people!

This three bedroom vacation rental located in Harlem, Manhattan is the perfect place for you and your family to stay during your Thanksgiving trip as it can accommodate up to 12 people! The apartment is located on the basement, 1st, and 2nd floors (lower ground, ground, and 1st-floor European) of a brownstone. It features a security system, a terrace, and a garden! The dining table is the perfect spot for a Thanksgiving dinner. The kitchen provides ample space for you and your family to come together and prepare dinner. It is furnished with all the appliances needed to make a Thanksgiving meal! After the last slice of pumpkin pie has been eaten, step out onto the terrace or make your way to the garden below and enjoy the beautiful color changing trees you’re surrounded by. Once you’re full, take a walk around the area and see how the locals live in Central Harlem!

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Image of a table laden with sausages, cheeses and French specialties French markets offer tables piled high will all kinds of culinary delights

There’s no better way to experience a new culture than through its food, a universal fact more true in France than perhaps anywhere else! And Paris, as the epicenter of all things French, is the capital not just of France but of the nation’s cuisine as well. One culinary tradition ingrained in French culture that is particularly charming for visitors is shopping for fresh goods at the outdoor marchés that line the busy streets of cities across France all year long. With our list of the best traditional markets in Paris, you’re bound to find something for all tastes!

1. Aligre, Halle Beauvau

Famous as a bobo (bourgeois-bohemian) market popular with hip young people, Aligre isn’t your grandmother’s marché. Instead, it offers a variety of ethnic foods and unique French favorites that you can’t find just anywhere. This is the perfect stop if you’re looking for a taste of French culture adapted to the modern culinary scene. Stop by starting from 9am every day except Monday, but note that the stalls close for the déjeuner hour from 1 or 1:30 to 3:30 or 4 depending on the day. Read the entire story here…»


Image of love sign in Midtown An iconic piece of pop art in New York City located in Midtown West!

Whether you’ve been to the Big Apple before, or this is your first time, nothing compares to spending a romantic evening or getaway with your significant other in New York City. Whether it’s a first date, an anniversary, or even a marriage proposal, keep reading to find out our top 10 romantic activities in New York. Before you start planning your itinerary, be sure that you have a place to stay: check out our apartments for a romantic getaway to New York!

1. Central Park

Image of horse and carriage Surprise your date with a romantic horse and carriage ride through Central park!

Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, and one of the most filmed locations in the world. With 843 acres, there’s plenty to do and see with your date! Start your night off right by having dinner at the Boathouse Café, which overlooks the lake and Bow Bridge, offering the most beautiful view of the park. Enjoy the tranquility this restaurant provides for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Head to the restaurant’s website to view its hours of operation and to book reservations. Following dinner, continue with a classic boat or gondola ride! Row boats are $15 per hour (cash only), and $4 for each additional 15 minutes, along with a $20 cash deposit. Life jackets are provided, and each boat can accommodate up to 4 people. If you want to go all out, Venetian gondola tours are available with host Andres Garcia. The gondola can accommodate up to 6 people, and can be reserved for $45 per half hour. Finish the night off with a romantic horse and carriage ride around Central Park. You can pre-arrange the ride and surprise your date with flowers or chocolate. Customized rides start at $155 for 45 minutes and can be booked on the Central Park Website. No matter the season, Central Park is magical all year round; click here to explore Central Park throughout the seasons! Don’t forget to book your vacation rental before you arrive to avoid unneeded stress! Read the entire story here…»


Image of Paris An aerial view of the beautiful Eiffel Tower.

The crisp cool air of autumn has arrived in the bustling city of Paris, France! The dropping temperatures make exploring the city much more enjoyable and comfortable especially for younger children. There are so many annual events that take place throughout the fall for your whole family to enjoy, so pack up and head to the City of Light! Take a look at our list of the top 10 things to do with kids during fall in Paris.

1. Paris Parks

Image of Jardin du Luxembourg The beautiful foliage can be seen in Jardin du Luxembourg, one of Paris’s most prestigious parks

Paris is no exception when it comes to the vast amounts of beautiful foliage that can be seen in the fall. The shades of yellow, orange and brown are delightful to see during this time of year, so visit some of the many Parisian parks to gaze at this colorful annual event. Learn more about why visiting parks is perfect for a family holiday. Read the entire story here…»