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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…»

 

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…»