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Not The Usual Things to do With Kids in Paris

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Paris bird market

It is so easy to get wrapped up into what WE want to see when we travel to visit.  When you are traveling with the kids, explaining to them that they are going to be walking through museums and churches all day followed up with dinner in a restaurant where they have to be on their best behavior, well…they aren’t going to like that too much!

Here are three things off the beaten path for you to do with your kids in Paris:

*This sounds crazy but instead of heading to the popular Marais on Sunday, go to the Ile de la Cite and visit the bird markets.  It is a fun, crazy and magical place.  The kids just light up at when they see all of the different species and their colorful personalities.  Notre Dame is right there and you can finish up with a glace at Berthillon on the Ile Saint Louis.

Musee de la Poupee

*Boys will enjoy visiting the Maison de la Chasse and de la Nature, Paris’ hunting museum and girls just go crazy for La Musee de la Poupee, the doll museum.

*If the weather allows and the kids need to blow off some energy, leave your apartment, head to a hidden park and let them run on the grass (one of the only parks where this is allowed!).  Jardin Catherine Laboure (29 Rue de Babylone, 7e) is from our “secret” address book.  Bring a picnic lunch and let them be kids.

We learned quickly that if we let the kids do one or two things that they like during the day, they are much more tolerant of the grown up stuff.  Or, just too tired to complain!

Paris Museums – Musee Rodin

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Musée Rodin is located inside the Hotel Biron, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. This must-see destination showcases the life and work of French sculptor and painter, Auguste Rodin. During his lifetime, Rodin actually lived and worked at the Hotel Biron which he left a great legacy of his work. Officially transformed and reopened as the Musée Rodin in 1919, this museum holds more than 6,000 pieces of sculpture, and 7,000 sketches and paintings. Living in the 7th arrondissement is no inexpensive fare, so if you wish to be near the museum you may be better off renting a Paris luxury apartment rental as opposed to staying in a hotel.

The 7th arrondissement is not only the location of the Musée Rodin, it shares a similar address with the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, and the National Assembly. To begin a Paris luxury vacation, you should start by planning to stay in the 7th, which is near all of the greatest sites in city.
If you are one accustomed to wealth and luxury it would be wise to invest in a Paris vacation apartment. The real estate in the area of the Musée Rodin is not likely to fall as it has in other areas of the housing market. The 7th is the epitome of elegance and class, both of which are in timeless demand.
With a home base in the 7th, you will find it easy to visit Rodin’s most famous and highly regarded works at the former Hotel Biron. His sculptures especially are timeless. Crowds gather every day to commune with Rodin while viewing “The Kiss,” “The Thinker,” and the “The Gates of Hell,” among other masterpieces. The museum also has a gallery featuring the work of female artist, Camille Claudel, and another of Rodin’s personal collection of other artists, featuring pieces by Renoir, Van Gogh, and Monet.
Specifically, the Musée Rodin is located at 79Rue de Varenne. Take the Metro to Varenne; RER: Invalides. It is open every day of the week, save Monday, from 10am-5:45pm. Admission is 5€ for the museum and garden, 3€ for the museum alone, 1€ for the garden only 1€ A family ticket for two adults and one child may be purchased for €10. Ages 18 and under are free. Call +33 1 44 18 61 10 for more information.

Honeymoon in Paris

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The city of Paris is a bright spot in the universe where love flourishes, artists find inspiration, and cultural trends are set. Anyone will immediately fall in love with the city with a stroll down the Seine or a night spent marveling at the sparkling city from atop the Montmartre hill.

It is no surprise that couples across the globe dream of spending their honeymoon in the City of Light. Surprisingly, one of the least expensive options for newlyweds to enjoy the “moveable feast” is through a stay in one of the many Paris vacation rentals. This enables a certain amount of freedom for the traveler, while cutting some of the typical travel costs.
When planning a trip to Paris, it is necessary to decide which neighborhood, or arrondissement, to stay in. The 1st arrondissement is on the right bank of the Seine and is the home of the Louvre and immaculately manicured Tuileries. For those looking to stay in a rich part of Paris, this neighborhood is perfect. The views of the Eiffel Tower are spectacular and the Arc du Triomphe is only a short walk from almost anywhere in the arrondissement. Time spent in a Paris vacation apartment in the 1st would offer a rich experience of the royal beauty in the city.
Alternatively, honeymooners might imagine their ideal trip to Paris spent in the favorite haunts of Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Left Bank. In that case, a Paris short term rental in the 5th or 6th arrondissement would be ideal. These neighborhoods contain the bohemian Latin Quarter, La Sorbonne, and a café on every corner. The charming streets, lined with boutiques and chapels, lead up to the Seine and provide views of Notre Dame de Paris. The bars and pubs that are nestled into the neighborhood boulevards and avenues provide a wonderfully relaxing nightlife atmosphere. There is a certain romantic quality to this area that makes it perfect for honeymooners.
Paris in the spring is a cliché for a reason, but Paris’ beauty is not diminished in the summer’s heat, autumn’s falling foliage, or winter’s bite. Any newlyweds planning their honeymoon in the city will not regret the decision, especially if they decide to stay in a Paris holiday apartment. It adds ease to the trip, cuts down on food expenses, and gives the allusion of owning a bit of the beauty that is Paris.