Posts Tagged ‘fall’

What is La Rentrée?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Many of you may know that the people of France receive four to six weeks of paid vacation each year.  It is commonplace for Parisians to vacate the city for the entire month of August.  They want to escape the heat and the tourists and travel somewhere exotic.  As a traveler to Paris during this time, you will find many shops and cafes closed for the month of “vacances”.

September marks the beginning of La Rentrée.  Everyone comes back from their fabulous vacations and enters back into their usual routines.  It is kind of like the feeling of the first day of school.  You are wearing your new school clothes, brand new sneakers and carrying a new backpack and excited to meet your new teacher.  In Paris, the shops are spruced up, inventory is replenished and most people are refreshed and ready for the September season of travelers.  The weather is usually perfect; still warm with cool evenings.  The sun is still setting a little late to give you just enough time to get back to your apartment before dark to prepare for a night out.  It is a wonderful time in Paris!

November in Paris

Friday, November 4th, 2011

By Daniella Carrese

November is a great time to visit Paris, the airfare is cheaper because it is not the high
season. The weather is about an average of 43 degrees F (6 degrees C). Paris is
very beautiful in l’automne. Rain is very common, so pack for wet weather. The locals
are back from their vacations from over the summer. You are able to experience their
everyday routines and get a feel for the city from your Paris apartment rental. There are
many events in Paris during November, here are a few; The Autumn Festival, The art
and artifacts of Pompeii, and Beaujolais Nouveau.

The Autumn Festival
The Festival d’Automne à Paris is a festival of the arts. All different types of art is
displayed. Ranging from cinema to dance to visual arts, the festival showcases many
talented people. Founded in 1972 by Michel Guy, this festival has been a way for artists
to show the world their original pieces. Every year from September to December, the
Parisians put this extraordinary festival together.

The art and artifacts of Pompeii
At the Musée Maillol, from September 2011 to February 2012, artifacts from the ancient
city of Pompeii are displayed. Pompeii was a city near Naples, Italy which was covered
by volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted for two day in 79 A.D. The city was
finally unearthed in about 1749. Due to the thick layer of ash, the pieces were preserved
very nicely. Now, Paris has the opportunity to be the home to these amazing artifacts.
Everyday artifacts are shown, to have modern society see how the people lived.

The Beaujolais Nouveau

The Beaujolais Nouveau is a celebration of the first harvest of the grapes for the
wine. Although the wine has not been aged very long, the day is filled with fun and
excitement. In 1951, after many years of restrictions on drinking, the Beaujolais
Nouveau was recognized by the French people, and today this tradition is still
celebrated. On November 15 this tradition is a large gathering that is the highlight of the
grape harvest.

November is a very beautiful time to visit Paris, the weather is great. There are many
events going on in the city, so there is always excitement around. After the day is over
you can relax and unwind in your own luxury Paris vacation rental.

Falling for Paris

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Autumn is a time of re-birth in Paris. People are stumbling back from their holidays, families are headed back into town and businesses are getting back into the swing of things. Festivals are being planned, new movies are being released and exciting exhibits are on the horizon. A “back to school” breeze is blowing and it makes for a fantastic time of year in Paris. Plus, airfare tends to dip now heading into low season so snag a ticket or two while you can!

The 13th Annual Salon du Chocolat at Prote de Versailles is held every October. Demonstrations and tastings are hosted by renowned chocolatiers. There are chocolate fashion shows, competitions and lots of culinary inspiration. Every day children can visit Chocoland. It is an area that welcomes children from ages 4-10 to participate in a cocoa themed culinary workshop. There is also, in case you were wondering, an entire bookshop dedicated to books about chocolate. Authors are on hand to sign your new culinary treasures.

If chocolate isn’t your thing, than maybe Jazz is. From October 10th thru the 18th, the city of lights becomes the city of Jazz. Events are held in concert halls, clubs and even on the streets. Over the past 20 years, the JVC Jazz Festivals have been held all over the world and have presented over 47,000 individual musicians including some of the most legendary performers of the 20th century.

Even though the days get cooler and the nights longer, Paris can be lovely in the fall. If you can stand to leave the comfort of your luxury vacation rental, there is lots of Fall fun to be had.
If you really want to get into the Autumn spirit, then the Autumn Festival might be worth a visit. A number of venues all over Paris host a four-month-long arts festival which includes dramatic performances, movies, live concerts, such as the month-long outdoor jazz festival in the Parc de la Villette, dance and opera, and is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It’s held throughout the Fall and provides a plethora of festive activities.

On the outskirts of Paris..

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The hustle and bustle of the city of lights. Nothing beats it. The excitement, the sites, the monuments, the people, the food, just about everything seems magical. If you want to see a different side of Paris, drive west of the city. Fresh air with ” down to earth fun” can be found at the Fermes de Gally on the outskirts of Paris.

When you arrive  to the farm a billboard greets you, much like  a menu. Everything ready to be harvested is listed and priced.  Once you are settled, and have a game plan, you can begin to farm. You are given a green wheelbarrow, some biodegradable bags and plastic containers at the entrance to the fields. If you’d like to snag some wild flowers or dahlias, clippers are available as well.  Down the dirt path, you are immersed in the aromatic herbs that line the farm. Flower boxes, laid out neatly, contain thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. You can head out to the fields to harvest things such as radishes, lettuce, rhubarb and various berries. If you’ve never harvested your own food, no worries. Each patch has a sign staked at the entrance. It gives the name of the crop and directions on how to harvest.

If you’ve got something popular in mind to harvest, such as berries or lettuce, keep in mind that they do close down the patches when the the crops get worked over. This being said, it’s best to arrive on the earlier end to have your ideal pick of goods.  When you’re done “shopping” the produce and vegetables are weighed on scales near the exit and flowers are normally counted by the stem. If you’ve got a few more items on your list, you can head to the fabulous market down the road to collect your wine, cheese and other necessities for dinner.

When looking for a countryside adventure, give the Fermes de Gally a try. At the end of the day you can return to your Paris vacation rental and whip up a fresh meal or cocktail. After all that hard work, you’ll definitely need it.

Paris Year Around

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

There is never really a bad time to see Paris, but preparing and knowing what to pack can be challenging. So, here’s the brief low-down on preparing for your trip to the City of Love and some advice to help prospective travelers choose an ideal travel-time.

Year Round: Bring comfortable shoes & an umbrella for annual rain. Pack lightly to save room for Parisian fashion, and pack loose clothes for delectable Parisian cuisine (wine, bread & chocolate!). Since Paris has so much to offer, renting a Paris vacation apartment is many times a more comfortable and economical option for extended stays.

Winter is an enchanting time for a visit (Valentine’s day in Paris?!) with low crowds and prices. December marks the beginning of ski season, holiday décor/shopping, ice-skating, and one of the best New Years parties in the world. Jan/Feb offer post-holiday sales and the famous Parisian Mardi Gras. Yes, Mardi Gras doesn’t just happen in New Orleans! Be sure to pack warmly though (36-45oF averages) and don’t forget your skis/snowboard, which can easily be stored in your hotel or Paris rental apartment.

Spring in Paris is about a lot of things, but first and foremost, its about flowers & chocolate! March is the perfect month for the crowd-fearing traveler and those who wish to visit a warmer Paris at lower prices. For the sweet tooth, the Easter chocolate in April is absolutely divine. May is another popular and warmer month when Spring is in full force and is great for hiking, sightseeing & wine tasting.

Summer in Paris is the most crowded, expensive & hottest time for travel. Nevertheless, summer in Paris is full of celebration (Tour De France, Bastille Day) and is always a good time. June-August temperatures average 75oF, but the heat & humidity can peak, so pack light since hotels may not offer air conditioning. Most of CobbleStay’s luxury Paris apartments offer AC, but rest assured you will know in advance if they don’t, so you can pack accordingly.

Fall in Paris is ideal for wine-lovers with the annual wine-harvest beginning amidst the beautifully fall-colored leaves. September still provides warmer climates and with tourists returning to work & school, prices & crowds begin to dwindle.

For more detailed information on what to expect when arriving to the city, ask your friendly CobbleStay.com representative.