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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…»

 

Image of a Eurostar train and famous landmarks in Europe Speeding between the famous sights of Europe’s capitals, Eurostar connects London with continental cities from Paris to Avignon.

Once just an engineer’s fantasy, the Channel Tunnel that connects Britain to Continental Europe hasn’t stopped-evolving since its 1994 opening. The latest update to the service offered by Eurostar, the high-speed rail line through the tunnel, brings British travelers farther south than ever before: all the way to Provence! Cosmopolitan London has never been so close to the charms of the South of France. The original stop in Paris makes a great waypoint between the two, so you can make sure your travel time is well-spent. Plus, with our furnished rentals in London, Paris, Provence and the French Riviera, you’ll have a great place to relax after a day on the train, with more privacy and flexibility than a hotel. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Riverside Park with trees and greenery Riverside Park

People generally don’t think of New York City as the best place to enjoy nature, but you would be surprised by how many beautiful green spaces there are! Community gardens and farms, many of which used to be nothing more than vacant lots full of trash, balance out the city’s hus-tle and bustle and even produce some fresh local produce. Community gardens are managed and cared for by local residents often in cooperation with public or private organizations and agencies. Why not stay in a furnished apartment or vacation rental near one of these peaceful community gardens and experience the best of both worlds?

1. Morris-Jumel Community Garden – Washington Heights

Nighttime image of tulips and other plants in Morris-Jumel Community Garden See what’s growing at the Morris-Jumel Community Garden.

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Image of the dome of the Sorbonne From the Latin Quarter to Saint-Germain and beyond, we have the perfect apartments for Paris students!

From the historic Latin Quarter to the ring of modern universities around the city’s perimeter, Paris is also a hub for learning. Attractive to both French and international students, the city is a dream of a college town – full of charming cafés and peaceful parks to read in, not to mention some of the world’s most unique libraries.

Thousands of students flocking to Paris to study each year face an essential question: where to live and how to find the perfect apartment. With our furnished rentals in Paris, you can get help finding housing through a licensed real estate agent and see real photos before booking in advance. Then, all you have left to do is enjoy your time in the City of Lights! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Citi Bike station in Manhattan with taxis and NYC streets in the background Citi Bike lets you tour NYC with ease thanks to their bike share program.

Urban commuters, fitness enthusiasts and casual tourists are taking advantage of NYC’s expanding network of bike lanes. It’s now easier than ever to commute to work or school or take a leisurely tour of New York City in an environmentally friendly and healthy way. Wherever you’re cycling to, you can find a great furnished rental from New York Habitat along the way!

Citi Bike, New York City’s bike sharing system, provides New Yorkers and visitors with an added option for navigating around NYC. With a network of docking stations around the city, you can rent a bike from any station in the system anytime. There are 24-hour and 7 day passes, as well as annual memberships, for those who are always on the go.

Image of a map of New York City bike paths and lanes Manhattan is filled with bike paths, bike lanes & greenways.

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Image of the roof terrace dining area at Mama Shelter in Paris There are new and unique brunch spots popping up all over Paris, like this rooftop dining area at Mama Shelter!

A typical Parisian breakfast, essential to any trip to the city, consists of coffee and a pastry, best enjoyed slowly on a café terrace. But there’s a reason why breakfast is the most important meal of the day – fresh fruit, delicious egg dishes and American favorites like pancakes and hash browns. If you’re craving a hearty morning meal before exploring Paris with family, there is no shortage of brunch spots to explore. Partly American-inspired eateries, partly innovations on the classic Parisian café, the city’s brunch spots offer something for everyone!

After a night out on the town, there’s nothing like waking up late in your furnished rental apartment and heading out for a filling brunch in the area. We hope you enjoy our list of Paris’s 5 best brunch spots, with some apartment suggestions nearby. Bon appetit! Read the entire story here…»