Paris Flea Market
When choosing a Paris vacation rental, consider one near the most famous flea market in Paris, which can be found at Porte de Clignancourt, officially known as Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. To locals and visitors alike, it is more simply known as Les Puces (The Fleas). The market covers seven hectares and is the largest antique market in the world, receiving between 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each week. Ideally located near many vacation rentals, the Paris flea market offers an excellent opportunity to pick up essential and seasonal local items and indulge in an authentic Parisian experience.
Invalides Military Museum
The War Museum Musée de l'Armée, located near many vacation rentals, was opened in 1905 and is one of the largest military museums in the world with an astonishing array of weapons from different Parisian time periods. The weapon exhibition in the War Museum Canons by the court of honor also boasts Napoleon's tomb and is an essential site to see. The War Museums location in Hotel Des Invalides provides visitors with a historical starting point and a museum tour that is within walking distance of any Paris apartment.
Berthillon Ice Cream
is a popular Parisian glacier on the Ile Saint Louis that offers visitors staying in Paris vacation rentals a once in a lifetime opportunity to sample some of the best ice cream known to man. Popular with Parisians and tourists alike, there is almost always a long line at their main take away location on Rue Saint Louis en L'ile due to high demand. It is worth the wait! If you are planning your trip to Paris, be sure to schedule in time to come taste the delicacies on offer.
Pâtisseries are not mere bakeries. They are a divine institute in Paris that captures artistic flair, culinary expertise and an astounding array of sugary delights. If staying in a Paris apartment, a visit to a pâtisserie is highly recommended first thing in the morning. Macaroons are a custom favorite, but many pâtisseries offer their own spin on several other local delicacies with an incredible variety of flavors.
Sightseeing in Paris is more than schedules and to-do lists. Paris is a captivating city and is best explored on foot, with a keen eye and an attention to detail. Sightseeing is a terrific way to take in those around you and learn more about the ancient culture and how it came to be. Many Paris vacation rentals are situated in authentic neighborhoods, allowing you to start in the right direction. Check out our vacation rentals blog
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A Paris Street Market
Those staying in Paris vacation rentals may want to take note of A Paris Street Market. This is an open-air, vintage, antique and artisan market all rolled into one and is the perfect place to find souvenirs to redecorate your own home. Share your finds with friends and family! It is recommended to arrive as early as possible, and many suggest a flashlight if you arrive before dawn – as all the best finds are likely to be snapped up early!
Transportation within Paris
Buses and trains are the main forms of public transport in the metro area and offer those staying in Paris vacation rentals the opportunity to avoid costly car rentals while having the ability to move around the city quickly and efficiently. Bikes, waking and even trams offer Eco-friendly forms of transportation. With most sights located near Paris apartments, the need to rely on public transport is rare, but visitors can expect a pleasant and reasonably priced service when required. Many Parisians do not even own a car for these very reasons!
Transportation to Paris
Coaches, trains, and the metro bus service all provide a comprehensive travel options from the main airports into the city center. The Eurostar also links Paris from London, and you can travel with or without your rental car on this journey. When arriving in Paris, an additional form of transportation may be required to reach your Paris apartment for rent, but most Paris vacation rentals are located in the city center and can be bridged by a short taxi fare or pubic transport, such as the tram or train service operating throughout the metro area.
Day Trips Around Paris
Many companies offer sightseeing tours and day trips around Paris for a nominal fee. If you have booked a Paris apartment, you may want to arrange your own day trips around Paris and utilize public transportation systems, such as the trains and trams that operate throughout the Metro area. Paris vacation rentals offer an impressive selection of day trip opportunities in and around the city; some sights may be located in the suburbs, so traveling can be a fun way to ensure that you see and do everything on offer. Boats are also favorable day trips with meals served on board.
Popular with a fashionable Parisian crowd, the Oberkampf district asserted itself as the city's coolest new haunt and is within waking distance of the many Paris vacation rentals. Bustling and exciting, but crowded and noisy, Bastille (Metro Bastille) is best suited to 20-somethings looking for a lively party. Nightlife here is a combination of traditional cafes, classy nightclubs, dive bars, and music venues. Bar hopping down lively rue de Lappe or Rue de la Roquette is a terrific place to start, but make sure you have safe travel plans back to your Paris apartment. Salsa or Marenge dancing are traditional ways to spend the night, as is visiting the Moulin Rouge for a show.
Basillica du Sare Couer
Although the view from the Arc de Triomphe is considered the greatest panorama of Paris, the view from the gallery around the inner dome of Sacré-Coeur in the Basillica du Sare Couer is often overlooked. On a clear day, it is possible to observe sweeping views extending for 48 kilometers (30 miles) into the Île de France. Those staying in Paris vacation rentals can also walk around the inner dome, an appeal even better than the interior of Sacré-Coeur itself. When hunting for a Paris vacation rental, there is more to see and do in this city than meets the eye; Basillica du Sare Couer is one of them!
Fashions (How to Dress to Fit in)
Parisians are renowned for their style and fashion. Paris founded "haute couture" and supports a brilliant designer "knock-off" industry. Look around your Paris apartment to get a feel for the atmosphere; neutrals are a staple in both décor and clothing. Leave leisurewear at home and try out a casual, sophisticated style and bring a few pairs of shoes that can withstand cobbled floors. These should also allow access into fine-dining restaurants. Note: jeans are not common among adults but are becoming more acceptable.