Posts Tagged ‘Honeymoon’

Our Three Favorite Places to Buy “Unmentionables” in Paris

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Paris is known for many things; Baguettes, the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, escargot and yes….lingerie.  Parisian women take their ”unmentionables” very seriously.   While they may hold onto a pair of trousers or a sweater for years, their lingerie wardrobe is kept up with fresh, sexy and stylish additions regularly.  Some of the most luxurious lingerie stores can be found in Paris, but even at the local Monoprix, the selection of underpinnings beats what can be found in the US anytime.  Discover the best of what Paris has to offer at every price range in our top 5 picks for places to buy lingerie in Paris.

1.  Galeries Lafayette is one of the fabulous department stores in Paris and lingerie heaven.  Just about every price point, style and size of undergarments can be found here.  This is where you want to go to stock up on basics.   We love the French brand Huit.

Sabbia Rosa

2.  Sabbia Rosa is located in the 6th arrondissement.  It is a tiny little shop filled to the brim with the most lovely camisoles, briefs, slips and negligees.  We put it on our radar after we read that Madonna shops here.  It can be quite expensive so we always try to budget at least one cami into our shopping list.  73 rue des Sts-Pères, 6e, Paris

Fifi Chachnil

3.  Fifi Chachnil is pure,  flirty feminine.  Ruffles, lace, bows and feathers…all things that make a woman feel and look like a goddess. The shoppe is so fun, even if you are just there to browse.  231 Rue St. Honore, 1e, Paris

a Honeymoon in Paris

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Photo by Green Wedding Shoes

We were thrilled to see this post from Jen Campbell on her blog, Green Wedding Shoes.  Jen’s blog is lovely, her trip to Paris sounds wonderful and her pictures are just perfect.  You can read it here: A European Honeymoon: Paris

Jen and Jason stayed in one of our apartments in Saint Germain des Pres.  You can view it here:  St. Germain Luxury

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.

We’re Back!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

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After a few months off, we’re back to blogging again.  Stay tuned for some more frequent updates here on The CobbleStay Blog including insider tips on traveling to Paris and why staying in a Paris vacation rental is an incredible alternative to staying in a traditional hotel.  For starters, here are some great reasons to find a short term Paris rental rather than booking a hotel:

Many tourists visiting Paris prefer to stay in apartments.  Although many of the hotels in Paris are truly world class, vacation rentals are many times available at much better rates and can be more comfortable and homey. Many Paris apartment rentals are located in more desirable locations around the city and travelers get all the comforts of a luxurious hotel, at much more competitive rates. It’s not difficult to figure out why thousands of business executives, families and individual travelers prefer a Paris vacation rental when they are visiting “The City of Lights.”

For those of who who like lists, below are some benefits to travelers who opt for apartments instead of hotels during their stay in Paris:

1. Price – Paris is expensive and the amount of money you can save during your visit to Paris by opting for a Paris apartment rental is considerable.  If you have plans for a longer say in a Paris vacation rental, then you can even stay on a weekly or monthly basis and see the value get even better!  Because these apartments come with well furnished and fully equipped kitchens, you will also undoubtedly save money on your food and drink.

2. Modern amenities – Vacation rentals in Paris offer many exciting options that are not offered in even the most luxurious hotels. You can find good space, fully stocked kitchens, washing machines, telephones with free long distance, spacious bedrooms, internet and more. In reality, it is a true mixture of luxury and happiness.   Best of all, you can spend the money you’ll save enjoying all that the Paris has to offer.

3. Locations – Many of CobbleStay’s Paris vacation rentals can be found in the choicest locations while remaining affordable for couples, singles or families.   Locations range from the Marais to Montmartre amongst numerous other great areas across Paris.

4. Variety – Paris apartment rentals are suitable for all kinds of travelers including business executives, families, singles on vacation, people interested in temporary place to stay or ever people who are moving to this city for the first time.

Now one question remains to be asked – why stay in an expensive hotel when you can easily manage in a grand apartment with all the amenities for less money?

Common Tourist Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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Common tourist mistakes can make the difference between the worst and best vacation, especially in cities like Paris with different languages & currency.  Here’s a list of some common mistakes & how to avoid them.

1. Making a short visit:  Paris is a huge city with thousands of things to do/see, so be mindful that shortening your visit to 3-5 days may leave you feeling too rushed and unable to truly enjoy the vacation. Instead, forgo the cheap hotel weekend & settle in a luxurious Paris apartment rental where you can feel at home and experience all Paris has to offer at your leisure.
2. Touring in high season:  If you’re a crowd-fearing traveler, visiting Paris (especially the first time) between June and August could leave you feeling smothered and possibly broke!  Yes, American summer vacation is also peak tourist season throughout Europe, so be ready for the crowds or travel during the winter and see the beauty of Paris in the winter.
3. Staying in the wrong area:  While there is hardly a bad place to stay in Paris, there are some to avoid in certain situations.  For example, staying in the 19th or 20th arrondissement with children isn’t ideal. Research each arrondissement thoroughly, or ask your travel agent which Paris vacation rentals or hotels are ideal for you.
4. Overdoing guided tours: Guided tours can be great for getting a feel for the city, but don’t overdo it. There are many hidden treasures around Paris that can be stumbled upon by just exploring on your own. Even avoiding cliché hotel accommodations and going for cultural Paris rental apartments will give you a more fulfilling experience of Paris.
5. Packing too much: Try to pack light.  European hotel closets are not as large as American closets, and you don’t want to feel squashed.  If you are planning for an extended stay, you may be more comfortable in a Paris vacation apartment where space is a little more available.  Besides, why bring a lot of clothes when there is Paris fashion to explore?
6. Renting a Car:  You don’t want to drive around in the mayhem of Paris traffic; after all you’re on vacation.  Paris is notoriously one of the most difficult and stressful places to drive in.  Taxis are even an unnecessary expense as the public transportation systems in Paris are easy and inexpensive.  Paris can easily be explored on foot as well and walking gives you a great excuse to indulge in chocolates and croissants!
7. Not being aware:  As with any busy city, pick pockets are common and they tend to steal from distracted tourists.  Keep your travel documents & valuables close in hand or even in a strap around your waste.
8. Avoiding the language:  You’ll find Parisian locals a lot more accommodating just by attempting to speak the language to them, even though it may elicit a chuckle or two! Even something as simple as asking a Parisian in French to speak English will help.  You can say “parler vous anglais s’il vous plait?” which sounds something like “parlay voo onglay see voo play”.  Try it out on your hotel concierge or your Paris rental apartment booking agent and see how you do!