Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

Rollerblading in Paris!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

We stumbled across this video on YouTube and remembered that it was one of the most fun things to watch while we were in Paris.  Pari Roller is the association in Paris that organizes the group skates.  Every Friday night (unless it is raining) a large group gathers at a predetermined location and they start skating.  There are a few things that you see in this video that stand out…

1.  They have the support of the Paris police!  They police block off the course so that they skaters are somewhat safe.  Amazing!

2.  This video was shot at 10:05 pm and it is still light (it was shot in June).  They skate until 1:00 am.

3.  There are many families skating.

4.  Some people are in costumes!

Pari Roller provides some pretty detailed guidelines on their website.   If you decide to join in on the fun, make sure to follow them.  It is definitely a great way to people watch and take in some of the local Paris flavor!   If you Rollerblade on your next trip to Paris, send us a picture or video so that we can share it with the CobbleStay Community.  Have fun and be safe!

Paris After Dark

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

 Guest Post by Daniella Carrese      

 La Ville-Lumière. The City of Light, Paris got its nickname from all the lights that illuminate the night sky. During the evening in Paris, the streets light up with the lamp posts and lights from around. All the lights make the city seem as if it is always awake.  Along the Seine, there are beautiful lights that seem as though they have been there forever. Due to the lights, you can take a nice stroll along the river at night. Looking down from the Eiffel Tower in the evening is magical.  The streets are light up beautifully.  Along the Champs Elyseès the trees are strung with lights that make the night seem as if it day.  Although you cannot see the stars in Paris, due to all the light pollution, the sky is normally covered with a navy blue blanket. The city dies down a bit, but there are still a number of things to do during the evening.

You can take a tour of the Seine and explore all of its canals at night. You can visit the Moulin Rouge. The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret and music hall, built in 1889 by Joseph Oller this building has seen many stars including Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra. Today it is still used, there is a nighttime cabaret show. You can see shows at this historic concert hall at most times of the day. Le Procope is Paris’ oldest cafe that was established in 1686. Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Hemingway and Picasso were some of the few who regularly ate at this establishment. Closing at 11:30, this cafe is a great place to hangout for the night. Walking around the streets near your Paris vacation rental is a great way to get a feel of the city and what it is actually like all the time.

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3 Things That Made Me Miss Paris This Month

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Photo Credit: Vistes-Guidees.net

As February comes to a close, I have been thinking of all of the things that made me miss Paris this month.  I am lucky that I get to talk about it everyday but I often stumble upon pictures, books and articles that tug at my heartstrings and make me realize how much I love this  city.  I found the photo above on Pinterest (as you know, I am addicted!).  It reminded me of taking my 10 year old daughter to the Jardin du Luxembourg and watching her push her boat around in the water.  It was so innocent, so “unplugged” and so peaceful.  A rare moment in this American girl’s life.

And, then I found this on Twitter!  Paris Chanson is an online,  French radio station that plays nothing but classic Paris songs.  Cheesy?  Not really!  I turned it on last Sunday while cooking my homemade pain au chocolat and it made a fun atmosphere that I wouldn’t have going on everyday but once in a while???  ABSOLUMENT!

Photo Credit: Amazon

I read A LOT about Paris!  So many people were talking about this book.  I had to search it out.  It is an illustrated comparison between Paris and New York and it is very cute.  It is a little snarky, a little campy and a whole lot of fun.  It made a great addition to my Paris bookshelf.

Yes, these are the things that made me miss Paris this month.  As if talking about Paris vacation rentals weren’t enough, right?

Nightlife in Paris

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Chez Jeanette

Almost everyone who has the knack for traveling has Paris somewhere in their list of places to visit, and why not? Home to some amazing sights, sounds and many other cultural and recreational centers, this city has plenty of everything to fill the hours from morning until night.

If your mornings and afternoons are devoted to sightseeing, then you’ll probably find yourself heading out to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Centre Pompidou and the Arc de Triomphe, just to name a few. If these places are not enough for the experienced traveler, consider staying in a Paris vacation apartment and just walk about the city streets for a much closer look at the life of a Parisian and devote your nights plumbing the depths of the many night attractions in Paris.
Bars, dance clubs and restaurants come alive to bring you the entertainment and the sumptuous dishes that this city is so well known for. Paris bars are worth looking into if you are after making new friends and having the best time possible in the City of Love.  With CobbleStay, you can even bring your new found acquaintances back to your luxury Paris apartment for a nightcap!
Paris bars are oozing with sophistication, elegance and a friendly atmosphere that is conducive for meeting new people, making friends and generally having a great time, Paris style. Some bars in Paris incorporate their love for art with several paintings and artworks displayed on their walls.
As for the drinks, well, you have plenty of options to choose from whether you are after martinis, beer, hard drinks and the like; you name it, and they have it. It doesn’t take long for a traveler to get acquainted with the bars in Paris, especially when the friendly bartenders will make you feel right at home.
A few truly great Paris bars are Le Fumoir, Andy Wahloo, Cafe La Cannibal, and Chez Jeanette and they are definitely worth a visit. Each of these amazing bars have something unique to make your time truly memorable. From delicious drinks mixed perfectly and dishes that will make your belly full in no time at all, these bars will take care of you from the moment you enter their threshold all the way to your departure.
Assuming you will be making your own assessment though that is based on your own experience, we have no doubt that with the amazing beverages, food and friendly atmosphere, you will not have a hard time agreeing that they are some of the city’s best.

Paris with Kids

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Although Paris is thought of as the city of romance, it is a great place to enjoy a family vacation. Paris will be a vacation that your children will never forget because of the enchantment that Paris has. By staying in a Paris apartment rental you can enjoy your stay more, you will have all the comfort of staying in a home. There is so much to do in Paris with children such as going to The Cite des Enfants, Parc Asterix, and going ice skating in the city of lights.

The Cite des Enfants

Located with in Paris, The Cite des Enfants is a great place to enjoy a fun afternoon. The Cite des Enfants is a children’s museum. It is filled with interactive science exhibits. There are over 100 new exhibits for children between the ages of 2 and 11. The entire museum is geared for children ages 2 through 11, with exhibits that arouse all of a child’s senses. Visit www.cite-sciences.fr/en/cite-des-sciences for more information.

Parc Asterix

The Parc Asterix is an amusement park, not too far from The Cite des Enfants, that is based on the character Asterix. Asterix is a very popular cartoon character among French children. Known worldwide, Asterix and his best friend Obelix go on many adventures through-out his country of Gaul. Asterix is similar to the character, Robin Hood. For more information about Asterix visit www.asterix.com.  This amusement park is open from April until January. It is enjoyable for all ages. For more information or to plan your visit got to www.parcasterix.fr

Ice Skating

Children love to ice skate. Although only available in the winter, ice skating is popular in Paris. Some of the best places to go ice skating in the heart of Paris are, the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel de Ville. The Eiffel Tower is one of the prettiest places to skate, after sunset the rink is illuminated by thousands of multi-colored lights. While you are skating you will see two giant ice sculptures, one in the shape of the Eiffel Tower and the other shaped as a Christmas tree. The Hotel de Ville is a large ice rink that is created every winter, right outside the Hotel de Ville. It is enjoyed by Parisians and tourists. The building itself is a notable landmark. After a day full of ice skating you and your children can go to sleep in a cozy Paris apartment rental.

Paris is a great place to enjoy a wonderful family vacation. Visiting some of these places will make your stay more enjoyable. Also, staying in a Paris vacation rental can make your trip more enjoyable and less stressful because it is a home away from home.

Parisian Dinner Cruises

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Bateaux Parisiens

Since the Seine River flows through the center of Paris, it is often called “the heart of Paris”, and since Paris is the “City of Love”, where better to be romantic with your beloved than on a dinner cruise down the Heart of Paris? Regardless of your passion, taking a dinner cruise down the Seine is the ultimate romantic activity during your visit, except of course for a romantic homemade French Dinner in your furnished Paris vacation rental.   Don’t forget the foot massage from your honey!

Below are 2 well-reviewed companies offering dinner cruises down the Seine.
Bateaux Mouches
This is perhaps one of the most popular dinner cruise companies. Their cruises run year-round and go from 8:30pm-10:45pm. All of the tables overlook the banks of the river, and the trip comes with live music.  There are 2 menu options: €95 (Prestige) or €135 (Excellence).  Both set menus include a choice of appetizer, main course, cheese, dessert, coffee & bottle of wine.  If you’re traveling with children, there are lunch cruises on weekends & holidays for €50 (€25 for children) that boards at 12:30pm & returns at 2:15.
Bateaux Parisiens
This company offers a little wider range of options, but is slightly more expensive.  The première “Illuminations Cruise” comes with 3 menus starting at the €97 basic option, €135 for better wine & table, and €165 for première cuisine, wine, views, & apertifs. The dinner cruise departs at 8:30pm and returns at 11pm.  There is also a 6:30 cruise that runs a bit cheaper from €65-€75. Lunch is slightly cheaper as well, ranging from €52-€72 and goes from 12:45-2:30pm.  Also, on certain dates you can book a musical lunch that includes a 1-hour concert.
While this may seem outrageously expensive, €200 for a 2-person 4 course meal + wine with a river view of Paris is a great deal for ultimate romance.  Note that there is usually a dress code (“smartly”); but this will give you a good excuse to purchase some Parisian fashion before your cruise.  As always, your booking agent at your Paris rental apartment will be happy to help set you up, and even surprise your loved one. If you’re lucky, you may even have a bottle of champagne & chocolates waiting for you back at your Paris vacation apartment to continue your night of romance.

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.