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Become a Paris Insider!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


We are thrilled to announce that we have a five part “Insider’s Guide to Paris” that we would like to share with you.
It will give you loads of advice on where to stay in Paris, how to get around the city,
our tips on where to find the best food and of course, our insider secrets onthe most romantic things to do in Paris.

Are you ready to become a Paris Insider?

Luxury in the Most Visited City in the World

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Jet Charters

Paris is likely on the bucket list of any world traveler or adventurer. There’s a reason — probably more like a million reasons — it is the most visited city in the entire world. If you’re looking for a great city you’d be hard pressed to find one better than Paris. That said, many people who travel to France don’t get to experience the full luxury that Paris has to offer.

The first luxury comes before you’ve even made it into the city. When you’re traveling to the greatest city on earth you might as well travel in the greatest style. Taking an air charter is surely the best way to fly. It starts when you get to the airport and don’t have to go through all the ridiculous security and it ends with a crew that has only you to take care of. What could be better?

When you land for your first evening in Paris you should consider taking your dinner on a private boat tour of the Seine. Hire a river limousine (yes, it’s that luxurious) and your own private chef and you’ll have the best dinner you can imagine. If a run down the Seine sounds amazing and dinner from a private chef is your idea of a dream meal, consider this the indulgent experience of a lifetime. The fun is just getting started, however.

You’ll need a place to sleep after your dinner, so why not rent out your own luxury Paris apartment? You could stay in a cramped hotel room or hostel, but if you’re going all out then you need to have the best accommodations as well.  You can bring the chef back to cook in your spacious kitchen, or you can go just down the street for more choices. Either way, your apartment will feel just like home.

If there’s one “regular” spot in Paris you need to visit, it’s the Eiffel Tower. You don’t need to make it a typical day, however. Instead, go for a champagne lunch at the Eiffel Tower in the Altitude 58 Restaurant. You’ll have an amazing view of the city while you enjoy your fine dining meal. If you want an even better look, you can head up to the second level after your meal.

Last, but definitely not least, take some time to find your own luxury. Paris is a place where you can walk down one street and find a shop or café, and when you turn the corner you find one just as good or better. Take some time for yourself to discover the luxury that most tourists won’t have time to see.

Logan is a writer who spends his time planning the next trip when he isn’t stringing words together.  You can find out more about Logan and his company Jet Charters here: http://www.jetcharters.com/

A Visual Thought for the Weekend…taxi

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Photo Credit: Renee Finberg

Booking a Flight to Paris

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Paris remains one of the world’s most enchanting destinations. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the many charming Paris rental apartments available are just a few of the things that can make a trip to the “City of Lights” special. While finding the best flight from the U.S. to Paris can be a bit of a challenge, however, there are a few things you can do to make your search easier.

The first thing to do when booking a flight from the U.S. to Paris is probably just to check a flight aggregator website. These websites provide listings for flights for almost all major airlines and can be searched by a specific date or even a range of dates.  By using these websites, you can get a sense of what a flight to Paris from the United States is likely to cost on average. By comparing fares on these websites, you can find out if there are cities nearby to your location that might have better deals (i.e. whether taking a $50 bus from Washington, D.C. to New York can save you hundreds of dollars on a flight) or if you can find a great flight by putting up with itineraries that other travelers may avoid (such as an eight-hour layover in Atlanta or another of the U.S.’s major “hub” airports).
Once you have a flight picked out, the easiest thing to do is book it directly from the flight aggregator where you found it. You may, however, feel more comfortable buying your chosen flight directly through the airline’s website, which is another perfectly good option. If you’re not comfortable using the Internet to book a flight, conventional travel agents will still be happy to help you.
Finally, when booking a flight, you will likely be asked to indicate your seat preferences. If you’re taking a red-eye or overnight flight to Paris, you may want to consider requesting a window seat so that your sleep on the plane will not be disturbed by row-mates getting up to use the bathroom, and so you can rest your head on the window while you sleep.
Following a great flying experience, your chic Paris vacation rental will be that much more comfortable and you’ll be well rested to enjoy all that Paris has to offer!

Secrets of Paris: The Thalys Train System

Monday, September 13th, 2010

If you’re coming to Paris for an extended stay and hoping to visit Germany, Amsterdam, or the French Alps, you’ll need to know about the Thalys. The Thalys is a high-speed network of trains with a few major connections and are a highly desirable method of transport.  Specifically, the Thalys trains connect Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Bruges and Northern France.

The best part is that these high-speed trains reach up to 186mph, so travel times are short.  It’s less than 90min to Brussels and just over three hours to Amsterdam and Cologne. These trips can be made in a day, so you can keep your home base at your luxury Paris apartment rental and make any number of wonderful day trips in the process.  Note that the train to the French Alps is usually only active on weekends and during the winter months.   Booking your ticket can easily be done online; but keep in mind your Paris vacation apartment booking agent can assist you throughout the process as well.  You can also travel on the Thalys with a railpass from Eurail or InterRail providing your pass is valid at your final destination.
Each train has three first-class cars and four second-class cars, with a bar between the two.  The first-class luxuries include a lounge area with free meals, drinks, Wi-Fi and electrical sockets.  The second-class is still comfortable, but there are fees for food and Wi-Fi.  Both classes have a handful of forward and backward facing seats with tables for traveling families/groups, as well as “Kid’s Square” compartments for families with children. You are limited to 3 pieces of luggage, which should be easy since you’ll probably just be making a day trip anyway.
The Thalys station is the Paris Nord Train Station (Gare du Nord), located at 112 Rue de Maubeuge, 75010, Paris, and is open from 5am-1am.  Getting there is easy from all of CobbleStay’s Paris rental apartments and hotels via the RER (lines D, E & B) or Metro (lines 2, 4 & 5).  It’s in the northern section of Paris, and will take about 20min if you’re traveling from the heart of city.

Tickets for Everything “Paris” @ en.parisinfo.com

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

For tickets to literally every tourist related activity in Paris, the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau is an excellent resource.  If you’ve ever heard the concept of ” tourist traps,” the most common of these pitfalls occurs when tourists buy tickets at the point of sale instead of in advance.  Not only are tickets sometimes more expensive “at the door”, but during peak tourist season, the lines to buy tickets can be incredibly long and discouraging.

This scenario exits in almost every major tourist city worldwide and Paris is no exception.  If you don’t find the time to book activities before arriving in Paris, hop on the free Wi-Fi internet provided by all CobbleStay.com Paris vacation apartments and go to www.en.parisinfo.com/expressbooking for a full list of discounted tickets on various forms of transportation and admission to a wide range of tourist attractions.

Although all of our hand picked Paris apartment rentals are conveniently located, there are many fun and scenic ways to travel around Paris that are well worth the money.  The famous Cars Rouges stop at the eight most well known attractions in the City and have both indoor and outdoor seating.  Or, if water travel is more your thing, take Paris’ famous Bateaux Mouches and experience the magic of the River Seine on a very affordable hour and ten minute cruise.  Boats leave about every 30 minutes during the summer months, so just ask your CobbleStay Paris vacation rental booking agent for the nearest Bateaux Mouche stop.

Although there are advance passes available for many different attractions, the most popular is the Paris Museum Pass.  The pass allows immediate and unlimited entry to over 60 Paris museums and monuments and is an absolute MUST HAVE for any visitor to the City of Love.

As always, for any questions not covered on the Paris Info website, don’t hesitate to contact us at CobbleStay and enjoy your stay in your very own short term Paris apartment.

Quick Guide: Paris Metro

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Whether this is your first or fifteenth time visiting Paris, traveling around the City of Love can be a little intimidating. Luckily, Paris has one of the most advanced underground systems in the world, known as Le Métro. This great subway system will take you within walking distance of literally any Paris destination and is the preferred method of transportation for Parisians and tourists alike.  With stations throughout Paris, accessing one is simple from any of CobbleStay’s conveniently located Paris Apartment Rentals.

Note: Be careful not to confuse the Métro with the RER subway, so look for the big “M” stations to make sure you get on the right one!
There are 15 Métro lines, 368 stations, and 3500 cars that travel all day in 5-10 min intervals.  Sunday through Friday, the Metro runs from 5:00am to 12:30am, and Saturday you’ll get an extra hour to party with the last train leaving at 1:30am.  All lines on the metro run from end-to-end, however some trains on each line may terminate at certain stations.  No need to worry too much though as the times & destinations for each train are visible on electronic boards above each platform, so you’re never out of the loop.
The cost of tickets all depend on distance traveled, so plan accordingly. For extended stays, you can buy Métro tickets in packs of 10 (a Carnet) or you can buy the “Carte Orange” a sort of multi-pass that is usable 7 days a week.
Traveling by Métro is virtually stress free, and easily the most convenient way to travel around Paris. Generally, except for the early/late trains, you won’t have to stress about making a specific time either, so feel free to enjoy an espresso and a croissant in your luxury Paris vacation rental before making your way to a nearby station!  To make your traveling even easier, make sure to pick up a Métro Map, which can be provided by your CobbleStay.com arrival manager at any of our Paris vacation rentals or at any Metro Station.