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Image of Paris department store Printemps with pink and white Christmas lights outside Major department stores like Printemps go all out for the holiday season. Photo credit: 2015-11-Noel-Actualites-Vitrine-Façade-Printemps

Paris isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing! As the days get shorter and holiday cheer spreads through the shops and streets of the city, shimmering Christmas lights and unique festive decorations go up across Paris. The city’s holiday traditions, from ice skating and carousels to chestnuts and mulled wine, bring Paris’s outdoor spaces to life despite the winter chill. Visit Paris for the holiday season and you can see for yourself!

To help you make sense of Paris’s many wintertime offerings, this guide lays out the city’s can’t-miss experiences for the holidays. For more guidance on choosing the right home away from home, take a look at our furnished apartments in Paris.

1. Christmas Lights in Paris

Image of a Paris street with yellow Christmas lights and a white tree Paris’s streets are transformed with Christmas lights, full of holiday spirit. Photo credit: Paris-avenue-de-montaigne-fashion-ninara

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Image of the large vaulted reading room at the Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève Paris’s magnificent libraries don’t disappoint, from the Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève to the American Library of Paris!

Paris has been a center of learning for nearly a millennium, with a rich history of universities and royal patronage. Nowadays, students and workers can enjoy some spectacular library spaces that represent that academic heritage. From well-known Latin Quarter study rooms to a fairytale library in the Marais, the city is full of enchanting work spaces and shelves of books just waiting to be read. Staying in a Paris furnished rental, you can study at home or check out some of these top Paris libraries. Read the entire story here…»

 

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 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 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…»

 

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 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 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…»

 

Image of the living room Enjoy Paris by staying in this furnished rental, which combines elegance and convenience!

Make the most of your Parisian getaway by staying in this exquisite three bedroom, four bathroom furnished apartment located on Quai de Bourbon between Pont Louis Philippe and Pont St Louis on the Ile Saint- Louis, one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city! The fully furnished vacation rental offers hardwood floors, a marble fireplace, antique furnishings, and a private balcony, which overlooks the Seine River.

Living Room

Image of the dining area in the living room The apartment offers plenty of dining and seating options for you and your guests.

The spacious living room is perfect for entertaining, with plenty of space for the whole family! The room is furnished with a dining table for up to 6 and a sofa, which doubles as a queen sized sofa bed. You’ll find a small chandelier, leather sofa, marble fireplace, and touches of red throughout the room, which add to the overall elegance of the space. Classically Parisian exposed wooden beams open up the room and add an airy feel. After a family dinner at the dining table or a romantic one on the balcony, relax with a movie on the entertainment system, which features a flat screen cable TV and a DVD player. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Notre Dame and the Seine River at night When it comes to things to do in Paris, Notre Dame is just the tip of the iceberg!

It’s no wonder that Paris is one of the most visited cities on the planet: between its legendary museums, mouth-watering cuisine and ambient charm, the city has lots to offer visitors and residents alike. So much so, in fact, that the choice of things to do can be overwhelming! Even with a long stay, it can be difficult to see everything that you’re hoping to, so we’ve put together a list of the 20 things you simply have to see and do in Paris. See if you can cross them all off before the end of your stay!

1. Buy a book from a bouquiniste

Image of a book seller, or bouquiniste, by his stall next to the Seine River Paris’s bouquinistes have been a fixture of the Seine’s quays for centuries.

An almost permanent fixture on Paris’s riverside quays, rain or shine, the bouquinistes, or antique book dealers, add an intellectual air to Paris’s flagstones. With old-fashioned wooden stalls and carefully hand-stacked assortments of books, pamphlets, postcards and more, the booksellers are a bibliophile’s delight! Not to mention, they can be a useful source for last-minute souvenirs. Read the entire story here…»