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Image of people laying in the grass on the Champ-de-Mars with Eiffel Tower in background The Champ-de-Mars near the Eiffel Tower is the perfect summer picnic or sunbathing spot

Summer is here and that means everyone is making travel plans! If you’re thinking of heading to Europe this summer you can’t skip glimmering Paris! Any time of year, Paris is an exciting destination, but in the summertime the city pulls out all the stops to help you make the most of those long summer days. Parisian gardens, a boat ride along the Seine, lunch in a quaint outdoor cafe — if it all sounds dreamy, read on for some of our favorite summer pastimes in Paris

1. Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Image of a Bateaux Parisien boat on the Seine at sunset Cruise the Seine in style on a Bateaux Parisiens

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Image of Eiffel Tower with sun setting behind it The Eiffel Tower is an iconic sight in Paris

The sun is shining, flowers blooming, birds chirping, and all of Paris is headed outdoors to revel in the lovely weather! Spring has sprung, and there isn’t a more perfect time to plan a trip to Paris. After all, we all love Paris in the springtime! Can’t you just picture yourself joining the local Parisians as they head outdoors to bask in spring’s warm weather? The outdoor cafes are bustling with friends meeting for a drink or the stereotypical writer, lost in thought, lingering over a cup of coffee, observing Parisian life. The jardins around Paris are in bloom and become the “it” spot for an impromptu picnic on the grass with a bottle of wine, a baguette, and some local delicacies.

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Image of person biking in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris The Eiffel Tower is the most famous landmark in Paris

Are you planning a trip to Paris but craving something more than the same old cliché Paris attractions? The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and the Champs-Élysées are all beautiful sights to see but we know what you really want is a more authentic experience, a chance to really get to know the place. There’s no better way to do that than to rent a real Parisian apartment, live among the locals and get out and explore some not so common areas and attractions. So we’ve made our own little travel guide to give you some ideas of off the beaten path things to do, plus some truly unique apartments to match, so you can experience the City of Lights in a whole new light.

Neighborhood Markets are Full of Local Flavor

Image of a man in a market filled with antiques and household items You never know what gem you’ll find in the local flea markets

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Image of SoHo Street with shoe-tossing SoHo, NYC is famous for its Shopping, Boutiques and Fashion

It’s that time of year again, the semi-annual event known as Fashion Week, and all its accompanying designers, models, photographers and entourages are about to take over the major style capitals of the world. Twice a year in Winter and Fall, New York, London, Milan and Paris host the fast-paced runway shows of Fashion Week and their fashion-forward events. We know how busy all of our fashion industry clients are, and that hotel rooms can be impossible to find. We’ve compiled a list of apartment suggestions in NYC, London and Paris that we think would be just your style…

New York Fashion Week (February 9 – Friday, February 17, 2017)

The streets of NYC are always an un-official runway and during fashion week the local fashionistas and the influx of fashion gurus can be found out and about in full force so keep your eyes open for some serious style inspiration.

Image of living room of NY-16635 in the Upper West Side This 4 bedroom/3 bath duplex on the Upper West Side is spacious enough for your whole entourage

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Image of heart shaped padlocks Lock in your love intention at the Point des Arts bridge

Valentine’s Day in Paris should be a fail-safe plan for guaranteed romance but some insider suggestions can always take it up a notch. Read on to find our carefully curated suggestions for impressing that special someone, including our most romantic accommodations in the City of Love!

Image of couple at sunset with Eiffel Tower in background With so many romantic vistas all around Paris is truly the City of Love (Photo credit: Jellio Coe photos)

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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 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…»