Posts Tagged ‘1st Arrondissement’

The Avenue Champs Elysees

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

View from the Arc de Triomphe

Known as the most prestigious avenue in Paris, the Champs Elysees is also the most expensive street for real estate in all of Europe. In fact, the most expensive Paris luxury apartment rentals on this popular strip can go for as much as $125,000 a month for about 1,100 square feet!

Spanning from the Arc de Triomphe in the West to the Luxor Obelisque in the East, the Champs Elysees is an absolute must see for visitors to Paris and there are plenty of Paris vacation apartment rentals within a 10 minutes’ walk that will fit the budget of the non-bourgeoisie.

Like any busy urban street, shopping and eating are an obvious choice for residents and visitors alike, but being lucky enough to be present on the Champs Elysees for any of the world renowned events that occur on the 2km long stretch is a once in a lifetime experience. France’s version of America’s July 4th, Bastille Day, brings the largest military parade in all of Europe featuring a live speech by the President of the Republic and in recent years has even featured armies of surrounding countries such as England and Germany. The Tour de France’s final stage, the Champs Elysees Stage, concludes on the avenue and the post-race awards ceremony is held right on the street. Also, in celebration of the holiday spirit and France’s artistic history, the Champs Elysees committee will creatively light the entire avenue from November until early January; just after one of the best New Year’s celebrations in the world.

If the timing isn’t right and shopping and eating is the only thing on the agenda, then be sure to find a short term rental in Paris rather than a hotel, because you might need an entire week to experience it all. Although France has fought hard to maintain an authentically French experience on the west end of the avenue, foreign clothing stores and other chains have begun to show their faces, much to the dismay of local Parisians. In fact, in 2007 the City of Paris even banned Sweden’s modern fashion chain H&M from the street! On the east end, the restaurants and shops make way for the beautiful Jardins de Champs Elysees where the streets are lined with beautifully arranged gardens and fountains leading back to the Place de la Concorde.

Although it may be slightly more expensive than other districts (arrondissments) of Paris, finding a Paris apartment rental in the nearby vicinity of Champs Elysees is as good a location as it gets to explore the City of Lights and have a great time in the process.

Paris – The 1st Arrondissement

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Tulieries Gardens

One of Paris’ twenty unique arrondissements (districts), the 1st arrondissement is one of the smallest and least populated in the city, but remains one of the best places to rent a Paris apartment vacation rental.  Housing both the Louvre and the Tulieries Gardens, the majority of the district is situated on the right bank of the Seine River with a small portion lying on the west end of the Ile de la Cite.  Other than these famous landmarks, the rest of the district is mostly a center for commerce which also attracts a large number of travelers to the area.

The most obvious advantage of having a Paris short term rental in the first arrondissement is probably the most famous museum in the world, the Louvre.  For those people who have already been to see the colossal museum, seeing it all in one day, or even two days, is next to impossible.  The museum holds over 35,000 historical objects that cover over 650,000 square feet, so if the Louvre is the focus of your trip to Paris, having a Paris Apartment Rental within walking distance is a wise choice.

Originally the site of the historical Tulieries Palace, the Tulieries Gardens may not always attract the majority of the tourist population, but the area is quiet, central, monumental, and beautifully landscaped making it a great place to rent a Paris vacation apartment.   The gardens connect the Louvre Museum Palace to the Arc de Triomphe with a 5 km walk featuring beautifully landscaped plant life & lawns, and historical fountains, basins and statues.  There are also a number of cafes and kiosks where visitors can rest and enjoy a baguette sandwich.  On a sunny day in Paris, there may not be a better place to relax and enjoy the city.

For visitors to Paris that don’t have the luxury of being on vacation, the first arrondissement is also a perfectly centralized location to stay for business.  Short term Paris apartments located in this district give business travelers easy access to almost any location within the city and the area is probably the most peaceful location to come home to after a long day’s work.   Whether your trip to Paris is for business or pleasure, the first arrondissement is an ideal location that will not disappoint.

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.