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…»
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
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…»
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
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…»
Fresh, local produce is used in many of the vegetarian restaurants you see down below!
Being a vegetarian may be tough, but being a vegetarian in the South of France is even more of a challenge. The vegetarian lifestyle has made its way to Paris, but isn’t quite as popular in the South of France yet. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to find the best vegetarian shopping and eating in the South of France for you! Keep reading to find out more!
The Nice Life International Café is everything you need rolled up into one peaceful café. If you’re looking for a place to sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee, meet some people, or possibly grab a bite to eat, then this is the café for you! The café focuses on serving fresh, local products, in addition to their own creations. Upstairs you’ll find the living room, which is perfect for sitting back, catching up on a good book, or studying for your exams. Located at 15 bl Lech Walesa, 06300 Nice, this café’s opening hours differ daily so be sure to check their website before you go! If you’re only in Nice for a short time, then check out our guide on how to spend 48 hours in & around Nice! And if you need a place to stay, we’ve got you covered! Click here to see some of our Nice vacation rentals. Read the entire story here…»
No one does afternoon tea like the British, as our tearoom list shows
A symbol of Britain across the world, tea is one of the most definitive aspects of culture and daily life in the United Kingdom. While the drink is popular in countries from Argentina to Taiwan, tea has a special meaning in Britain, where it recalls the country’s global reach as well as the comfort of home for members of the British diaspora. More than just the capital of the UK, London is a global capital for all things tea, with hundreds of tea shops worth a visit. We’ve narrowed down the list to the following selection of only the best:
1. My Tea Shop
This venue has been home to tea houses since 1930, with three successive owners leading to the current iteration, a convenient spot for breakfast or early afternoon tea located right across the Thames from the City of London. Between the modern London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral and the Shard, it’s easy to find an excuse to pop into this charming little tea shop. Their renowned full English breakfast offers something for everyone, even coffee so that the less tea-inclined can get their caffeine fix. Our tips and etiquette can make sure you do English tea the right way. This tea house is best for a morning pick-me-up, since it closes at 3:30pm. Located at 23 Duke St Hill, Southwark, London SE1 2SW. Read the entire story here…»
You will find many beautiful townhouses on the Upper West Side, a neighborhood known for being kid friendly.
Don’t miss a beat in discovering all that New York City has to offer. Bringing a family to a large city can be challenging, so eliminate the stress that your living arrangements will be comfortable and accommodating to your entire family by staying in a furnished apartment. Furnished apartments are the most cost efficient way to house a family in this bustling city. We’ve hand selected the best furnished vacation rentals that will accommodate a family of any size!
Four Bedroom Vacation Rental in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
The charm from the early 1900’s is still prevalent in this antique apartment.
This four bedroom vacation rental in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn offers antique charm in a private setting. Your family can sprawl out in the comforts of this home which offers a grand living room that is accentuated with beautiful hardwood flooring and a show stopping ceiling medallion, which was common amongst early 20th century constructions. The updated kitchen has modern appliances, white sleek cabinets and subway tiles to add a contemporary feel to this well-appointed space. The master bedroom features a queen sized bed while the other three bedrooms offer single sized beds, so bring the entire family! Clinton Hill is a family friendly atmosphere, like that of Park Slope, with an artistic flare similar to Bushwick! You get the best of both worlds in this lively locale where you will also find many cafes and restaurants to enjoy. We even named a local bagel shop as one of the top 10 bagel spots in New York! Read the entire story here…»
The vegetarian movement has had a slow start in Paris, but more places are popping up and gaining popularity with the masses. We’ve searched high and low and found the top 10 vegetarian and vegan places to shop and eat in Paris. Keep reading to find out more!
1. East Side Burger
The delicious and 100% vegan Marcello burger from East Side Burger!
Vegetarians and vegans galore can choose from the wide range of meals and either sit in one of the 20 seating spots, or choose take out to enjoy the delicious selection. Every day, East Side Burger offers two burgers from its menu, and it informs the customers ahead of time so you can choose which day to go. All their burgers are vegetarian, and can be made vegan with the exception of the Le Fromager. In addition to the delicious burgers, they also serve vegetarian hot dogs, homemade sides, vegan quiches, snacks (onion rings), desserts, and also vegan desserts! You can get a burger, french fries or coleslaw and a drink all for 10 euros! They also have a coffee menu including all you can drink coffee and 2 vegan cookies for only 4 euros. Stay close by this burger joint by staying in one of these vacation rentals in the 11th arrondissement! Read the entire story here…»
Check out New York’s green spaces beyond just Central Park
While Central Park is New York City’s most iconic green space, the city is peppered with parkland to provide a break from the bustle of the urban jungle. Public parks in all five boroughs give insight into daily life in the city that never sleeps and how New Yorkers find their place to stop and rest for a while.
New York City is also well-positioned to enjoy the metropolitan area’s many theme parks, which provide entertainment for thrill-seekers as well as anyone just looking to get out of the city for a little adventure!
1. Find peace in Midtown Manhattan on the Lawn at Bryant Park
One of the largest parks in Manhattan south of 59th Street, Bryant Park is more than just a soft, green lawn. There are lots of cultural amenities and events that draw first-time New York visitors and longtime residents alike. The New York Public Library’s outdoor library provides reading material during the summer months, and public readings by famous authors. The expansive dining areas on the terraces draw office workers for lunch and tourists to watch games of pétanque (bocce), chess, ping pong and more. Summer movie screenings (Mondays through August 24), Broadway shows (Thursdays from July through August 13) and other cultural events bring in a different crowd at night. Head to Bryant Park for a night of free culture in one of the city’s beloved green spaces or experience everything else that Midtown East has to offer! Read the entire story here…»
Toast to the start of a lovely romantic getaway to this charming city of London.
London is a city with a population comparable to New York City; however it covers an area twice the size! This means that your romantic getaway to London will require a lengthy stay; therefore a comfortable accommodation is necessary. We have made a list of the best furnished apartments for your romantic stay in this beautiful city of London.
One Bedroom Rental in Bloomsbury
The large floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light to enter the space.
This one bedroom apartment in Bloomsbury has everything you could need for a romantic stay in London! The contemporary décor highlights the many desirable features of this apartment including hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows. If you plan to make romantic dinners for two, this modern kitchen has everything needed, including a fridge, oven and dishwasher, to spice up your cuisine and night! Cozy up to your significant other in the bedroom, which features an elegant full sized bed or stargaze on your own private balcony. Bloomsbury is known for the many gardens throughout the neighborhood as well as many artistic retreats including galleries and museums. Before venturing into this neighborhood, check out our tips for navigating this neighborhood and everything it has to offer! Read the entire story here…»
Going back to school may have kids dreading the fall, but it doesn’t have to be so frightful! There’s no better way of taking their minds off school than by bringing them to The Big Apple! With beautiful fall foliage, and countless activities ranging from the Haunted High Line to apple picking, you’ll show them just how spectacular the fall in NYC can be!
1. Visit NYC’s Parks
View of Central Park on a crisp fall day!
The iconic Central Park is a great place to visit when the leaves start changing. Watch as the colors slowly fade from green to yellow, while you grab a delicious cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider and stroll through the park. If you prefer to sit for a little then pack the kids’ favorite snacks and enjoy a peaceful picnic in the midst of busy Manhattan. Can’t get enough? Check out our guide to Central Park through the seasons! Not near Central Park? Head over to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to take the kids on a nice hike on one of the four nature trails in the park. The trails all offer spectacular views of waterfalls, the forest and the lull water, not to mention the changing leaves. Lastly, don’t forget to check out Hudson River Park, which stretches 4.5 miles (7.2 km), making it the second largest park in Manhattan! The kids will be sure to enjoy the children’s playground, tennis courts, soccer fields, and batting cages! Read the entire story here…»