Posts Tagged ‘Arc de Triomphe’

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.

Historical Places in Paris

Friday, August 5th, 2011

By: Daniella Carrese

Does seeing the popular photo spots in Paris ever make you wonder, “why is this here?”. Here is a little insight about why these structures exist. The most famous destinations are throughout the city and are all there for different reasons and from different events in history. While taking your vacation to Paris you may be able to see a historical site from your own window of your Paris apartment rental. Some sights include
the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, The Palace du Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower.

Arc de Triomphe
Meaning Arch of Triumph, Napoleon began building this monument for his soldiers because of their victories in 1806. It was later finished by Louis Philippe in 1836. Located in the Palace Charles de Gaulle, this arch is where twelve streets meet including the famous Champs Elysees. The French government made a memorial grave for an unknown soldier from World War I. An external flame burns in the soldier’s honor.
In 1919 the pilot, Charles Godefroy, flew his airplane through the arch.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame, meaning Our Lady, which refers to the Virgin Mary, sits on a small island in the Seine River. The cathedral first began construction in 1163 and was finished 150 years later due to the intensive labor and lack of funds. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of the gothic style architecture. During the French Revolution a mob attacked the cathedral, smashing statues, stain glass windows, and walls. Repairs on the cathedral began in 1845. The French writer Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc was in charge of the restoration and is responsible for the way Notre Dame looks today.

The Palace du Louvre
Most famous for housing Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo, this museum was once a fortress and a palace. Built as a fortress for King Philip II in 1200, by 1300 it became a royal residence. King Francis I, who was a prisoner of the war in Italy, decided to build a palace more exquisite than all the palaces in Italy. In 1546 the plans began, and until the late 1600s every important French monarch has added on to the Louvre. During Wold Wars I and II the art was taken out and put into hiding.

The Eiffel Tower
Designed by Alexandre Gustave, this French structure was built in 1889 for the World’sFair. Construction cost over one million dollars. The tower was considered the greatest engineering marvel and the tallest structure in the world for its time. During World War I it was used as an important military observation station. Starting in 1953, the tip on the top of the tower was used to transmit television programs. The Eiffel Tower was only meant to stay up for one year, but as of today it has been around for nearly 125 years.

Seeing these sights are all the more incredible from your Paris vacation rental. These structures are spread out around Paris. So when you get your “perfect” vacation photo you will know what has happened in the area of the site.

Eiffel Tower