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Image of people walking in Tuileries Garden in late autumn. The stunning colors and lighter crowds of Paris in autumn will tempt you to come outdoors even as the temperatures drop. (Photo credit: Wieslawa Hoummada flickr.com/sizun_eye)

Just as the explosive reds and oranges burst forth on the trees, autumn in Paris is when the city truly comes alive. As the summer season comes to a close, the swell of tourists and visitors dies down and locals return home to the heart of Paris to work and go to school. That being said, autumn is considered the best time to experience a truly authentic slice of Parisian life. The weather is mild and comfortable, airfare is cheapest from late September through November, and Paris comes to life with special events, one-of-a-kind art exhibitions, holiday celebrations and of course, the gorgeous backdrop of fall colors in some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. If you’re not yet in love with fall in the City of Lights, consider booking a furnished apartment in Paris to feel truly at home at this wonderful time of year.

Indulge your senses at a more leisurely pace

Image of carousel among the trees in Tuileries Garden in autumn. Ride the carousel in Tuileries Garden and admire a brilliant blur of orange and yellow. (Photo credit: Valerii Tkachenko)

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Image of Notre Dame Cathedral beside the River Seine Paris comes alive in the summer with its lush greenery and scenic waterways

As spring turns into summer in Paris, the city comes alive with endless things to do! Known for being a birthplace of art, music, fashion, and of course delicious French cuisine, Paris offers endless chances to mingle with the locals and experience the city’s culture in the summertime. Combined with a number of easy and fun day trips that you can take from Paris, the possibilities for summer fun are boundless. If you’re not already dreaming of your next Paris vacation, read on for our full guide and imagine yourself living like a local the summer in the City of Lights.

Soak Up Some Sun at Paris Plages

Image of people relaxing at Paris Plages along the Seine with blue umbrellas Go down to the seaside without leaving the heart of Paris at Paris Plages!

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Image of the Eiffel Tower with pink spring flowering trees Springtime in Paris is the perfect time to rent a furnished apartment!

It’s springtime in Paris! The spring season is the best time of year to visit this glamorous city and take advantage of perfect temperatures, lower prices and minimal crowds. Stroll through the beautiful parks as they blossom into life, sit outside at a Parisian café and people watch, or head to all your must-see sights without all the throngs of tourists in summertime. Whether it’s your first time visiting Paris or you’re a seasoned regular, we’ve found some inspiring springtime activities and not-to-miss places for your itinerary and we’ve matched them with the perfect furnished Parisian apartments so you can live like a local, at home in Paris!

Musée Jacquemart-André

Image of Impressionist painting by Mary Cassatt Surround yourself with art in the museums of Paris

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Image of living room of PA-4708 with dining table and windows overlooking Les Invalides The views are iconic from this spacious furnished Paris apartment’s living room!

The new year is upon us, and that means it’s time to shake things up and set some lofty new goals for the coming year! If your goals happen to include a new loft apartment, well, you’re not alone! One of the top life changes people aspire to for the new year is changing where they live, trying out an exciting new neighborhood and finding a new abode to settle and call home. Whether your dream apartment is in the Big Apple or across the pond, we have an array of apartment options to fulfill your new year’s resolutions.

Just in time for the new year, we’ve picked 4 amazing apartments around the globe that will inspire you to take a leap and move to a new place — and as a bonus, they’re all close to some fabulous winter fun!

A New Year in New York

Aerial view of Chelsea Piers Sports Complex with Hudson River and Manhattan Skyline Chelsea Piers offers a multitude of activities including two world class skating rinks with river views! Photo credit: courtesy of Chelsea Pier

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Image of the inside of Galeries Lafayette with arched balconies, Christmas tree, decorations and glass domed ceiling Christmas shopping surrounded by the beauty of the Galeries Lafayette is an experience not to be missed (Photo credit: b-senses photographie- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/B-senses-photographie-272035832899555/ )

As the chilly winter winds blow, some people prefer to huddle inside and hibernate, but savvy travelers make the most of low airfares and bargains on off-peak vacation rentals and head out to explore a new destination. At this festive holiday time, Paris is one of the most breathtaking spots you can visit, where sparkling holiday lights, world-class shopping and delectable delicacies await to entice you out of your winter slumber. So throw on an extra sweater and let’s explore the magic of Paris in the Wintertime!

1. Shopping

Image of the outside of Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris with Christmas lights Enjoy the illuminated city of Paris at holiday time while getting your Christmas shopping done (Photo credit: shivapat via Flickr)

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Image of fall foliage and Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower Fall is a perfect time to visit Paris without the crowds

If you dream of visiting Paris, but prefer to skip the crowds of tourists and unending lines for all the top sights, consider a fall trip to the City of Light! Le Rentrée means locals return to work and school and the tourists decrease along with the airfare. This means you’ll get to experience a more authentic version of Paris, and combined with a stay in one of our furnished rentals, you’ll get to truly immerse yourself in local life. Read on for some of our favorite things happening this fall in Paris, then head to our website and reserve the perfect rental to match your interests. You’ll be sitting at a Parisian cafe sipping a chocolat chaud in the crisp autumn air in no time!

1. Fall Foliage: Avenues, Parks & Gardens

Image of a boulevard lined with trees in autumn colors and Haussmannian buildings Stroll a tree-lined avenue bursting with fall colors


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Image of a grand château by a lake in France at sunset Grand vistas await you outside of Paris

Paris is a dazzling city and a top tourist destination, but many visitors don’t venture beyond it, and they miss out on some lesser-known yet impressive spots in France. Hop on a train and you’ll be rewarded with amazing memories. These day trips are an easy and inexpensive way to see different parts of France without having to book multiple accommodations — they’re just a quick train or bus ride from your rental in Paris. So get out and explore France!

1. Château de Chantilly

Image of Château de Chantilly and grounds Horses, art and hiking await you in lovely Chantilly, France

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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 the 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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