Paris, the capital city of France, one of the most important cities in the world, famous for its cultural and historical richness, monuments, architecture, gastronomic specialties, and the latest fashion and business news. Every traveler falls in love with this cosmopolitan city and is eager to deeply know it in order to discover all the Parisian life secrets. Therefore, there is nothing better to truly enjoy your stay in Paris than renting a place, which expresses the city lifestyle and is located in a strategic zone.
In Paris you can find one, two, three and four-room apartments, as well as studios. They all have a Parisian style, with white walls, floors and wooden furniture, tapestries, carpets, curtains, high windows and pictures. The furniture is mostly in Louis XVI style (with classic and Etruscan influences) and Art Nouveau style. It is also very common to find modernly furnished apartments, since Paris has also been in the vanguard as regards art.
When you are about to rent a place it is necessary to bear in mind some details as regards apartments in this city. Many of the old buildings only have stairs; this is a tip to take into account if the travelers are elderly people or handicapped. Furthermore, most apartments are for non-smokers. This means you will have to look for places for smokers. With these considerations, you will take the right decision.
The prices of rentals per night are approximately:
Studios: from €80 to €160
One-room apartments: from €100 to €240
Two-room apartments: from €120 to €350
Three or more room-apartments: from €350
As we have assured before, it is very convenient to rent a place in Paris since the places offered are usually located nearby the most important sites of the City of Light. They are also near the subway and bus stations, a very important aspect for travelers. Near the apartment you can find various stores: boutiques, restaurants, bakeries and groceries, and so on. By renting a space, intimate and customized in the middle of the metropolis, you can sightsee, walk and know those amazing places, which Paris has to offer.
The Seine River crosses the city and it consists of twenty councils or districts (“arrondissements municipaux”), distributed in spiral way from the center, to the right of the river. Among the most important places we can mention: the Champs-Elysées, Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Opera (l’Opéra), the Latin Quarter (le Quartier Latin), the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe), the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel), Montmatre and Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame).
The Champs-Elysées (Les Champs-Elysées)
This is the name of the main avenue in Paris, denominated by French people as “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. It goes from the Arch of Triumph to Place de la Concorde. Its name belongs to Greek mythology, according to which Champs-Elysées is the place where good souls went once they died. On this avenue you can find many fashionable clothing stores as well as music stores and many cinemas. Near Place de la Concorde there are gardens and important public buildings, including the University Paris IV. If you rent an apartment in this area, you will find a typical place in Paris, from which you will be able to see the Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre and the Arch of Triumph, in addition to knowing one of the most famous avenues in the world.
Rent a place in Le Marais and you will be in the center of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine River. Here you can enjoy the Place des Vosges, the oldest square in the city, surrounded by buildings with striking architecture. All the constructions in this Parisian neighborhood are magnificent and are very rich as regards history, related to Kings and Court people from the year 1612. Victor Hugo lived in Le Marais when he was young and nowadays his house can be visited. Undoubtedly you will enjoy the architectural beauty of this area in Paris.
This is the ideal place for those travelers interested in the intellectual Parisian lifestyle. It is on the left of the Seine River and in the old Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. You will enjoy the many cafés that characterize this place and the active cultural life. It was the cradle of existentialism, which had an influence in the philosophical movement of the 20th century, whose main figures were Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
The Opera (Opéra)
This part of Paris is the most animated one of the French capital city, since in its boulevards there are many restaurants, cafés, boutiques, cinemas and theaters, places characterized by luxury and beauty. It is also an important banking center. If you love urban life and wish to enjoy the various shows offered, do not hesitate to rent an apartment in the Opera. We assure you none of your days will be boring.
Latin Quarter (le Quartier Latin)
The Latin Quarter is located in the fifth district of Paris and there it is the famous University of Sorbonne. In this area there are mostly university students, among who there are many from all over the world, due to the fame and high academic level of the Sorbonne - university founded in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon. The name of the quarter makes reference to the Latin, the language of the academic in Middle Ages. In this country the student riots of May 1968 known as “May ‘68” took place. Therefore, the quarter is characterized by a strong university tradition, and tourists enjoy its cafés, libraries and cinemas. This is an ideal place for university students and people interested in French intelligentsia.
Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe)
This is one of the most famous monuments in the world, located on the west side of the Champs-Elysées. It has a strong historical stamp, since Napoleon Bonaparte ordered its construction after winning the battle of Austerlitz in 1805. In each column there is a meaningful statue: Triumph (Le Triomphe), Resistance (La Résistance), Peace (La Paix) and Marseillaise (La Marseillaise). This monument of Roman architecture and great dimensions has the names of the French revolutionaries engraved and also the names of the battles won by Napoleon. Due to its historical significance, it is a mandatory site for a tourist.
This is one of the main museums in the world, located in the Louvre Palace, within the first district (center of the city). The palace where it is located was a fortress in the Middle Ages. The museum was opened in 1793 (during the French Revolution). In 1989 a crystal pyramid was build just in the entrance of the museum. In here you can appreciate important works of art, such as: La Gioconda (also known as Mona Lisa) by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Aphrodite of Milos (sculpture of classic Greece, anonymous) and works by Spanish artists such as Goya and Zurbaran. By visiting this museum you will appreciate the best universal works of art, besides knowing an important historical building such as the Louvre Palace.
Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
This is the most characteristic monument of France and one of the most famous in the world. The engineer Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibit of the same year designed this steel structure in 1889. All tourists visit it and take pictures of it, to have a souvenir of Paris.
During the Middle Ages this site of Paris was an area of convents, which were destroyed during the French Revolution. Its name comes from “Mons Martyrium”, which means “the Mount of the Martyrs”. Nowadays it is a very lively neighborhood in this city, with restaurants, cafés and malls. One of the most famous entertainment centers in Montmartre is Moulin Rouge, known for its excellent can-can dance.
Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame)
This cathedral located in Parvis Square, in Île de la Cité, is one of the best-known gothic constructions in Europe. Its name makes reference to Notre-Dame, i.e, Our Lady, Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. The bishop Maurice de Sully started the construction of the cathedral in 1163. The construction ended in 1345, and many architects took part in it. If you go to Paris, you have to go to this cathedral, which is a great exponent of the French gothic architecture.
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