Posts Tagged ‘Paris apartment rental’

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

Our thought for the weekend….

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Halloween and Paris Vacation Rentals

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Although the Halloween was started in Ireland, the holiday is celebrated all around the
world. In the city of Paris, the holiday is celebrated in a way that many people consider
traditional. By staying in a Paris vacation rental you can enjoy much more of this
holiday the Parisian way.

Children and Trick-or-Treating
Children in Paris do not dress up the same way American children do. Parisian children
dress up in traditional costumes. Ghosts, witches and monsters are the normal
costumes. It is a simple holiday that is not planned for months in advance. Instead
of going door to door trick-or-treating, children go from store to store getting candy.
Because of the fact that Paris is a city, it is harder to go neighborhoods trick-or-treating.

Catacombs on Halloween Night
During Halloween, the Catacombs are a great place to have a some fun. This 18th
century underground cemetery is historically significant in Paris. On Halloween, the
dead are honored by flowers on their graves. The Catacombs offer a fun way to get
some thrills on an eerie night.

Parisians do not see Halloween as a huge holiday, but they have still have fun. By
staying in a Paris Apartment Rental you are able to experience how the locals celebrate

Hotels vs. Apartments in Paris, Part 3

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

View from Property #026

To summarize parts 1 & 2 in this series, if you would like to live like a local when in Paris, we truly believe it is best to rent an apartment rather than stay in a hotel. A Paris vacation rental will allow you to experience what it is really like to live in the city of lights rather than appear as a tourist will also save you money along the way.

A vacation apartment Paris is a great way to get to know the city and to live like a local. You can shop at the local markets and then cook in the privacy of your short term rental Paris apartment. While eating out and experiencing French cuisine is fun, having a few meals at home is a great way to stretch your vacation budget. In addition, many short term rental Paris apartments come with housekeeping services, so the experience is very much like staying in a hotel. These luxury apartments can be rented for long stays or for as little as a few nights. They are most often located in very desirable locations around the city with easy access to public transportation.

A Paris vacation rental apartment can be booked far in advance of you leaving for your trip. They offer easy ways to choose an apartment online and you can view photographs and get a feel for what the apartment really looks like. In addition, you can check the location of the apartment on a map in advance, so that you are able to schedule itineraries and trips around the city. Most of the accommodations are equipped with kitchens and stocked with the basics that you will need to have an enjoyable time. Also, if there are any problems or difficulties that arise you will be given a contact person that can clear up any mishaps for you. In many vacation apartment Paris rentals there are information packets that will alert you to the sights and offerings of the local area so that you can get the most out of your experience.

Overall, Paris vacation rental apartments are the ideal way to visit this spectacular city and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Best of CobbleStay

Friday, September 30th, 2011

There are a million and one apartments for rent in Paris. So many choices, so many owners, so many confusing websites. At CobbleStay, we strive to make the entire process as seamless as can be. Simple things, such as all prices being in USD, no damage deposits and accepting all major credit cards ( even E-Checks!) definitely helps, but we also have tried to provide additional services that really make your experience fantastic.

Sometimes, the only way to get to Paris is on an over night flight. When you’ve been “on the road” for upwards of 12 hours, the last thing you want to do is haul your suitcases around Paris waiting for check in. That’s why we offer the option to add an early arrival on all properties subject to availability.  The apartment is prepared for you the night before and there is someone to greet you as early as needed. No waiting, no hassle. We also can accommodate a late check out if applicable. All you have to do is ask and we can provide all the necessary details.

Speaking of someone to greet you, we’ve got that covered. There’s no office to find your way to, schedules to coordinate or keys to find in lock boxes. You are met at the apartment by a dedicated arrival manager. Their job is to welcome you, make you feel at ease and answer any questions you might have. They will get you acquainted with the property and fill you in on any specific operational matters. After all, European appliances don’t always look as familiar as they should. They are in Paris to remedy any concerns you have with the property or in general. Of course, can always try to reach us in our offices as well.

We try to provide you with the comforts you’re accustomed to. All of our properties are fitted with wi-fi to keep you connected. Also, no worries about letting your family know you arrived safely. All calls to the US and Canada are free. Of course, local calls to your favorite restaurants are as well. Confused on what restaurants to try? We have a concierge service you can arrange upon booking your trip. They will provide you with a 2 hour tour, restaurant recommendations and reservations, entertainment options and any additional local arrangements.

When you are looking for your very own luxury apartment rental in Paris, look no further. We take into consideration your budget, ideal location, desired amenities and purpose of your visit to ensure that you end up in the right property. While you’re with us, we hope for a while, you can forget that you are on vacation and just feel home.

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.

Virtual Boarding Agent?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Virtual boarding agent at Orly

It’s hard to work in an airport terminal. Long hours, tons of travelers, some unhappy campers, and lots of problem solving. Paris’s Orly airport has tried to lighten the mood. They have been experimenting with virtual boarding agents. Yes, just what it sounds like, a virtual boarding agent.

The video images greet you and direct you to your boarding gate. How cool is that? 21st century avatars are always smiling, always working and always helping.The avatars joyfully wish you a ” Bon Voyage” and flash the destination name in front of them.

“They are actually being rear-projected onto a human shaped glass silhouette made of plexiglass. Three actual boarding agents were filmed in a studio to create the illusion, which the airport hopes will be more eye catching and easier for passengers to understand than a traditional electronic display terminals.”

The Paris audiovisual marketing agency, L’Oeil du Chat, developed the technology. Earlier in the year, Airport Authority AdP came up with the idea for the “2-D holograms. Right now, its just located in Hall 40 at Orly which  serves about 30-40 flights a day out of the terminal. They are hoping to evaluate the new technology by the end of the year. They will then make the decision whether to expand it to Charles de Gaulle as well.

With this being said, is this weird, cool, creepy or the future of technology? All of the above? For me, the jury’s still out. One Air France passenger commented that it spooked him the way the eyes seemed to follow you. I think I would agree. However, it’s always nice to see a smiling face when you are traveling. If these new “employees” can even lighten the mood just a little during air travel, or fascinate an antsy child,  they might be a welcome addition.

Long flight?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Unfortunately, if you are coming from the US, your Paris apartment rental might be a long 10-12 hours away. When flying internationally, there are a few things you can do to make your trip easier.

1.Pack light and efficiently. This goes for your checked and carry on bags. There is nothing worse then traipsing from terminal to terminal during your connection lugging 20 pounds with you. A laptop, purse, carry on, etc. It all adds up. Really think about what you realistically will use in flight. The current rule is one personal item( purse, diaper bag etc.) and one carry on suitcase per person. Follow this rule. We’ve all been on those painful flights where boarding took forever. You know why? People brought too much stuff. Keep it organized and efficient.

2. Pick your seat wisely. Do you like to get up? Are you planning on sleeping? Do you want to be close to the exit for quick de-boarding? All things to consider when choosing your spot. Be aware of the pros/cons to all seats. Aisle seats make it easy to jet to the restroom, stretch your legs, reach into the overhead bin etc. You also will have to get up every time your seat mates want to do the same thing. The window seats are highly coveted on international flights due to the prime sleeping conditions. Well, as prime as you can get. Uninterrupted lounging. You will have to scoot around your friends who may or may not be sleeping to hop out.

3. Eat and drink. Staying hydrated with water is one of the best things you can do for yourself on a long flight. It will make it that much easier to hit the ground running when you get to Paris. The environments in airplanes can be dry and hot/cold. Getting your fill of water helps. Also, don’t be scared of the dreaded airline food. Many times they offer additional things, such as turkey sandwiches, chips, fruit or cheese plates. If you really can’t stand the thought, pack some snacks to enjoy while you are watching some in-flight entertainment. Fighting jet lag tired is one thing, but tired, hungry and dehydrated? No thanks.

4. Dress comfortably. You’ll want to keep in mind the length of your flight and your personal temperature preferences. It could be 100 degrees out but I always fly with a scarf. They airplane can be cold one minute then warm another. Layers are key. Depending on your schedule once you land, you might not be able to freshen up immediately. Keep an extra shirt in your carry on in case you have to hit the ground running. Comfortable shoes that will allow for easy on and off are a must as well. Not only will you have to take them off for security, a lot of travelers like to slip them off and put on socks for the long flight.

5. Be patient. It’s as simple as that. Everyone is tired, late for a connection or just ready to start the vacation. If you can stay patient and go with the flow, you might even have a little fun on the way.

Summer in Paris!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Paris Plage

By: Daniella Carrese

L’ete, c’est bon! The summer is a great time to visit Paris. Paris has many wonderful events that happen all over the city. During the summer the sun sets later, so you will have more time to adventure about the city, and experience what it has to offer during this season. Some activities to do in Paris include picnicking under the Eiffel Tower (or anywhere for that matter), Fete de la Musique, and going to the Paris Plage.

Pique-nique a Paris
Imagine, sitting on green grass, surrounded by other happy and friendly people enjoying a beautiful local picnic. You are able to enjoy such a fun experience in Paris, at anytime and almost anywhere. The best place to have a memorable picnic would be under the Eiffel Tower. To make it even better, you are can savor dinner under the tower, when it is illuminated for the city to see. For five minutes every hour, the lights make the whole city light up for an experience that will make you have the best meal you have ever had! Planning your picnic is not very hard, stop by the closest boulangerie to your Paris apartment rental and pick up a baguette. Then stop at the fromagerie to feast on wonderful French cheeses. You will never forget the experience of eating a meal under the Eiffel Tower.

Fete de la Musique
Translated to “Day of the Music”, where a music festival makes the streets of Paris very lively. On the 21st of June each year, tourists and locals are entertained by musicians’ performances. All concerts are free, and in all of Paris’ neighborhoods. The best way to hear the music, is by staying in your very own Paris vacation rental because you will be in the middle of all the action and the music. It is a great event that will take you around the whole city and relish in what the locals take part in every year.

Paris Plage
This artificial beach was created in 2002. It runs from the Louvre to Pont de Sully, along the Seine River. The Paris Plage is the ultimate summer time activity in the city. Complete with beach volleyball, deck chairs, and most importantly, sand, which makes it a wonderful summer day outing. There are other alternative activities such as kayaks, row boats, and a pool. All the beaches are open from July 21st to August 21st, 8 a.m. to midnight. After a long day at the beach you can relax in your Paris apartment rental, to regenerate for your next exciting day in Paris.

During your summer holiday you can enjoy yourself with all these fun activities and many others you may find about the city. Have a great pique-nique sous la tour Eiffel, ecoute de la musique, or aller a la plage.

You don’t have to break the bank in Paris

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

We’ve talked about some of the ways to save money when you’re headed over to Paris, but what about when you get there? Things are expensive and if you aren’t careful you could end up blowing your budget. Fast. A few smart things to think about could save you some much needed money.

Think outside the box when it comes to activities. Not everything has to cost a fortune. There are quite a few museums that are free on the first Sunday of the month. If you happen to be in the city, this is something to take advantage of. If you are under 26, every Friday night the Louvre is free from 6- 9:45 PM. It’s always free to visit Notre Dame. They will charge for you to climb the tower, but a look around won’t cost you anything. In addition to strolling the Champs Elysees, the Paris flea markets are worth a gander. Walking the banks of the Seine or lounging in Luxembourg gardens are a great free way to spend a day in Paris.

When you get a hankering for a meal, keep a few things in mind. Try to eat your largest meal of the day at lunch. A lot of restaurants have more affordable menus and it’s always nice to sit outside in the afternoon lingering over a baguette. When ordering a drink, remember that soda and beer is very expensive in Paris. Try a coffee, espresso or a bottle of the house wine. The wine if often cheaper than water. Speaking of water, its very safe to drink. No need for bottled, order a carafe of tap water and save a few euros. When you want to fuel up before a long day of sightseeing, think twice about breakfast at the hotel. Stop into a local Monoprix and purchase a few breakfast staples, bread, cheese, jam etc. If your Paris vacation apartment rental has a small kitchen, take advantage of this money saving opportunity.

Finally, use the public transportation. Taxi’s can be very expensive depending on route and traffic. Get to know the bus lines and the metro. The buses will have routes all over the city and will serve a few purposes. They will get you from A to B and you’ll get to enjoy the city sights on the way. It’s so easy to hop on and off. You can purchase weekly transportation passes in Paris that allow you to ride the RER, Metro and buses an unlimited amount of times. If you are staying for a longer period of time, getting one of these passes will make transportation seamless and more cost effective.

When you vacation in Paris, remembering a few little tricks might add up to more savings than you think.