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  • A Paris vacation rental in the Latin Quarter 526 | Paris by Heart
    Luxembourg Gardens are nearby as are the Pantheon and the Sorbonne A ten minute walk from this vacation rental will bring you to Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame Cathedral Large three bedroom two bathroom family apartment This large 880 Sq Ft apartment is in a typical Parisian residential neighborhood and features a huge living room dining room a modern kitchen two large bedrooms and a third smaller one and two full bathrooms Remodeled in 2000 the rental features the best of old and the new antique furniture but with a modern kitchen and bathrooms The double glazed windows keep noise to a minimum The apartment s living room is furnished with 1920 s leather armchairs an antique blanket chest as a coffee table and a queen size sofa bed On the shelves are antique leather bound French encyclopedias and art books as well as a stereo and TV The floor to ceiling windows give the room plenty of light The rental has been remodeled with refinished parquet floors but retains the charm of the original It was freshly painted with new curtains added in 2015 The dining room adjoins the living room and is furnished with an antique 18th century mahogany dining table and somewhat more modern cafe chairs The table will sit 6 8 comfortably A console on the side of the room holds place settings As with the living room the floor to ceiling windows give plenty of light The apartment s master bedroom is large by Parisian standards with a queen sized bed a desk and chair a nightstand and a hanging closet The second bedroom in this vacation rental has a double bed It is a little smaller than the master bedroom but features a walk in closet and windows with a view onto

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  • Theatres, shopping, attractions, transportation, and vacation rentals in the Champs-Elysées
    Petit Palais were constructed in 1900 just in time for the Exposition Universelle that was held there later that year Several major events have been celebrated on the Avenue des Champs Élysées These include the Liberation of Paris in 1944 and the Allied victory at the conclusion of World War I Other events such as France s win in the 1998 World Cup have been celebrated along this road as well Unfortunately it has also been the site of victory parades at French expense such as by German troops after the Siege of Paris in 1871 and the Fall of France in 1940 Every year the Bastille Day Military Parade is held on July 14 Europe s oldest and largest military parade has taken place here on an annual basis since 1880 The parade route starts at the Arc de Triomphe before finishing at the Place de la Concorde where the president and other dignitaries watch it The Tour de France has finished in the Champs Élysées since 1975 Shopping on the Avenue des Champs Élysées This famous road is 1 mile long 230 feet wide lined with beautiful trees and packed with many of the world s most famous shops several of which offer some pretty prestigious name brands and luxurious items Although the number of stores that you may want to consider visiting may appear overwhelming at first glance a few options do stand out Of course Louis Vuitton is a must see at least to walk by This famous French fashion house s store on the Champs Élysées which first opened its doors in 1913 entices with its stylishly decorated windows and customers are known to receive free champagne while making their selections Many also head to Swarovski a jewelry store simply to take a look at its famous staircase which is made of crystal Of course its offerings are pretty spectacular as well Meanwhile if you are looking to get some perfume during your time in Paris consider visiting Guerlain one of the world s oldest perfume houses it dates to 1828 The Avenue des Champs Élysées is also a great place to people watch as those walking along it tend to be dressed very fashionably whether they are there to shop or not This area is also especially beautiful at nighttime and you will be particularly impressed by how pretty it looks during Christmas season if you are visiting then Champs Élysées Attractions Arc de Triomphe This monument is arguably Paris second most iconic after the Eiffel Tower Napoleon oversaw the project of building it from 1806 until his ultimate fall from power in 1815 Work on it recommenced in 1833 under Louis Philippe I and it was finally completed in 1836 Ever since the Arc de Triomphe has been the source of many rallying calls and has served as the beginning of famous parade routes including the annual Bastille Day Military Parade and other celebrations As it sits in the middle of a pretty

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  • Culture, history, the arts, and a botanical garden. Discover the Latin quarter!
    embarrassment of riches when it comes to attractions However a couple of them do stand out Panthéon This place was built in 1790 and was initially used as a church before alternating between serving as a church and serving as a pantheon for nearly a century until it was finally viewed solely as a pantheon in 1885 Some of the world s greatest men and women have been laid to rest here including Victor Hugo Louis Braille and Marie Curie Many are stunned by the quality of this building s architecture both from the outside as well as inside Its interior dome which provides with a great view of the city is stunning Also some beautiful paintings and majestic marble sculptures are situated inside Its crypt is fascinating as well This will also be an interesting place for you to visit if you appreciate the history of science as Léon Foucault constructed the Foucault pendulum beneath this historic building s interior dome in 1851 to demonstrate how the earth rotated Although the original one is now located at the Musée des Arts et Métiers an exact copy of the original pendulum had been on display here from 1995 2014 and is expected to return in 2017 after repair work that is being done to the Panthéon is completed Jardin des Plantes France s most popular botanical garden attracts both nature lovers as well as those who enjoy visiting museums as four are located on its grounds These museums are related to subjects such as evolution mineralogy paleontology and entomology its most famous one is the Muséum national d histoire naturelle A small historic zoo and a fascinating labyrinth are located here as well The garden was founded in 1626 and opened to the public 16 years later Of course one of the most relaxing ways to spend time in Paris is by strolling amongst its picturesque greenery Plenty of places to get a snack are available here as well these offer you the ability to pick up that hot beverage on a winter day or some ice cream on a sunny afternoon The zoo which is called the Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes was founded in 1795 when exotic animals that had lived at Versailles royal menageries were moved here Today most of its hundreds of animals are smaller ones such as birds and reptiles This attraction which is the world s second oldest civic zoo takes up a third of the Jardin des Plantes land area Honorable Mentions Rue Mouffetard neighborhood surrounding this street is one of Paris oldest and liveliest Fontaine Saint Michel beautiful monumental fountain that was constructed in the 1800s Musée national du Moyen Âge museum of the Middle Ages that was built in the 1400s on Gallo Roman baths ruins Jardin du Luxembourg picturesque gardens that are also home to the fontaine Médicis a monumental fountain Arènes de Lutèce remains of a Gallo Roman amphitheatre that is more than 2 000 years old Odéon Théâtre

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  • Notre-Dame
    located on this small island It serves Line 4 trains which take passengers along their 7 5 miles of track from Porte de Clignancourt to Marie de Montrouge Transfers can be easily made from this line to other ones as well as RER express lines Line 4 is Métro s second busiest Trains started traveling under the Île de la Cité in January 1910 before this station opened in December of that year Saint Michel Notre Dame is a Paris RER station that is located in the Latin Quarter just across the Seine However you can enter it without leaving the island as a satellite entrance is located at Notre Dame Lines B and C stop here The former takes passengers from Charles de Gaulle Airport into the city Pont Saint Louis a 220 foot bridge connects the Île de la Cité with the Île Saint Louis so it should take you about a minute to walk between the islands more if you stop to enjoy the picturesque view Eateries in the Île de la Cité This quaint and historic island is also home to some quintessentially French places to get a bite to eat La Rose de France is near the Pont Neuf and is known to offer some particularly tasty dishes It also overlooks the charming Place Dauphine the island s public square and outdoor seating is available giving you a great place to take in the atmosphere of a quieter portion of the island Conversely Au Bougnat is situated at its busier eastern end However this dark and cozy bistro is in a calmer area of this part of the Île de la Cité Au Vieux Paris d Arcole which is located in the vicinity of Au Bougnat just may be the island s most romantic place to relax with a meal and a bottle of wine It is housed in a building that may not date to medieval times but it does give off a romantic medieval vibe Île de la Cité Attractions Notre Dame de Paris Of course this cathedral dominates the Île de la Cité as far as popular attractions go However this is for good reason as this historic structure has served as a spiritual home for Parisians and others alike for centuries It has also inspired all types of artists and authors including Victor Hugo the writer of a famous book that was centered here The Hunchback of Notre Dame Some of the features of Notre Dame that make a lasting impression on visitors include its crypt stained glass windows Gothic architecture sculptures gargoyles and picturesque views of Paris that are accessible after you climb its stairs You might want to also consider attending mass which is held at least four times a day If you want to watch mass online prior to attending Vespers service which is held at 5 45 p m CET from Monday to Saturday and Sunday mass at 6 30 that evening are available to view at

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  • saint-germain-des-pres
    walk featuring some of the city s finest food shops led by a chef or food journalist You might learn the best technique for telling baguettes apart at Eric Kayser one of Paris best bakeries Or perhaps you ll have a chat with a wine seller over a small aperitif or marvel at the perfect culinary creations available at Dalloyau Pay special attention when you pass by two of the city s top establishments Gaya by Pierre Gagnaire 44 Rue du Bac and l Atelier Joel Robuchon Hôtel du Pont Royal Angle rue du Bac The walk ends at the Grand Epicerie of the Bon Marche department store 24 Rue de Sèvres And Don t Forget the Music If you d like to experience another part of the history of St Germain spend some time at Café Laurent Opened by François Laurent in 1690 it has been frequented by many distinguished intellectuals philosophers and jazz musicians The cafe puts on Jazz concerts every Wednesday and Saturday and can be found hidden on the ground floor of the hotel l Aubusson Be forewarned the atmosphere is trés chic and the check will be trés chère expensive For another type of experience try Caveau des Légendes Located on the historic rue Jacob it is a medieval tavern lit by iron lanterns hung from a vaulted ceiling and candelabras on the stone walls There are musical nights featuring jazz from the 1950 s to the present Visit on Wednesday and you will be treated to clairvoyant night The tarot readings are optional Take note If you happen to be visiting this area at the end of May through the beginning of June the neighborhood plays host to the Jazz Festival of Saint Germain de Prés a must hear for every jazz and world music lover Don t Stop Now Stroll through the Beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg a favorite of joggers and tennis aficionados You may also catch an old fashioned game of Boule Rue de Vaugirard Boulevard St Michel Rue Auguste Comte and Rue Guyneme Visit the Odéon Théâtre de l Europe Place de l Odéon one of France s six national Theatres On the rue de Seine explore some of the high end art galleries specializing in 19th and 20th century masters prints and photographs Place de l Odéon Make sure to stop at the Musée d Orsay home to a world class collection of Impressionist paintings in a converted Belle Époque railway station on the Seine 1 Rue de la Légion d Honneu Save time for the Musée National Eugène Delacroix sketches paintings by enigmatic artist Delacroix displayed in his house studio small museum 6 Rue de Furstenberg Experience the Galerie Kamel Mennour s grand premises in a hôtel particulier townhouse Past shows have featured a cross generational mix such as Claude Lévêque France s representative at the 2009 Venice Biennale and Huang Yong Ping 47 rue Saint André des Arts Check out a bevy of uber fashionable shops like Louis Vuitton 170 Boulevard Saint Germain Chistian Dior 38 Rue de Sèvres and Sonia Rykiel 175 Boulevard Saint Germain Or leave some euros at Ralph Lauren 173 Boulevard St Germain or Giorgio Armani 149 Boulevard St Germain they both have their own adjoining restaurants for you to replenish your energy after you shop Words fail when trying to do justice to the rich history and pulsating present of this quintessentially Parisian neighborhood It is an area meant to be experienced through all of your senses If you choose to stay here you will return home with a full understanding and appreciation of the Parisian way of life Vacation rentals in Saint Germain des Pres A hidden and quiet Saint Germain des Pres one bedroom apartment 1 BR 1 BA 3 Guests St Germain Des Prés Per Week 1 233 USD 1 541 USD Per Month 3 726 USD 4 658 USD USD Total reservation cost Night s 074 Perfect for a couple or even a parent and child this secret spot is perfectly situated close to the rue du Bac metro and shops but hidden away over a beautiful courtyard in a great location READ MORE Air Conditioned two bedroom two bathroom apartment in Saint Germain des Pres 2 BR 2 BA 4 Guests St Germain Des Prés Per Week 3 402 USD 4 253 USD Per Month 10 206 USD 12 758 USD USD Total reservation cost Night s 306 Talk about outstanding quality and location This apartment is located in the center of the Saint Germain des Pres district between the Odeon Metro and the Luxembourg gardens READ MORE Classic Three Bedroom rental in Saint Germain des Pres 3 BR 1 BA 6 Guests St Germain Des Prés Per Week 3 485 USD 4 098 USD Per Month 10 453 USD 12 296 USD USD Total reservation cost Night s 359 Truly what living like a Parisian is like comfort and style in St Germain des Pres with some of the finest dining and shopping in the world at your door READ MORE St Germain Treasure 3 bedrooms 2 bath steps from the Eglise St Germain and Deux Magots Brasserie 3 BR 2 BA 6 Guests St Germain Des Prés Per Week 3 278 USD 3 641 USD Per Month 9 851 USD 10 946 USD USD Total reservation cost Night s 035 High quality and completely refurbished apartment just steps from Les Deux Magots the Brasserie Lipp and the Cafe de Flore This is the very center of the Saint Germain des Pres district READ MORE Large and quiet two bedroom by Rue du Bac 2 BR 2 BA 4 Guests St Germain Des Prés Per Week 3 409 USD 3 587 USD Per Month 10 223 USD 10 760 USD USD Total reservation cost Night s 513 Elegant and spacious two bedroom two bathroom Paris apartment just a couple blocks from the famous foodie street in Saint Germain des Pres Rue du Bac READ MORE Classic style

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  • republique
    Bonsergent line 5 Filles du Calvaire line 8 Oberkampf line 9 and Goncourt line 11 Of course buses run throughout the neighborhood Although they can be slow at times due to traffic this form of transportation does often provide you with a pretty scenic route to your destination History of République Of course central to this community and to this community s history is the Place de la République The area where the Place de la République is situated was where a bastion of the wall of Charles V was located in the 1400s The present day Boulevard du Temple which was created around 1700 follows this wall s former path This road became an especially fashionable and popular place in the 1800s as cafés theatres and fairs moved here that century It was also nicknamed the Boulevard du Crime at that time because of the crime melodramas that were performed in its theatres Unfortunately the Théâtre Déjazet is the only one of those theatres that remains The Place de la République was called the Place du Château d Eau which translates as The Water Tower from the time that a fountain was added in 1811 until 1879 That beautiful piece of watery art was designed by Pierre Simon Girard a talented engineer while Gabriel Davioud an architect added another fountain in 1866 that featured bronze lions In 1835 an attempt on the life of King Louis Philippe took place on the Boulevard du Temple Although he escaped with a minor head injury 18 others were killed and 22 others were injured Giuseppe Marco Fieschi the man who was primarily in charge of the attempt on the king s life was convicted and guillotined Three years later a much more positive historic moment occurred on that road as Louis Daguerre took a photograph there that is believed to be the oldest surviving photo that has a person in it Military barracks that were built at the Place de la République in 1854 have been used by the French Republican Guard since 1947 This gathering place received its current name in 1879 to commemorate the Third Republic On July 14 1883 the 94th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille the iconic Statue of the République was inaugurated République the Paris Métro station located underneath it opened in 1904 line 3 trains started serving it immediately They were followed by line 5 trains in 1907 line 8 trains in 1931 line 9 trains in 1933 and line 11 trains in 1935 In more recent times work began on the Place de la République in 2012 to make it much more pedestrian friendly The removal of six lanes of traffic from the square s northeast section removed the often congested roundabout and made its center much more accessible and no longer so difficult to reach This project was completed in 2013 The Place de la République also served as an emotional gathering point following the Charlie Hebdo shooting which occurred on Jan

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  • About the Bastille district of Paris
    here in the 1300s helped protect the east side of Paris against England during the Hundred Years War By the end of that century it included eight towers and walls more than 200 feet wide and more than 100 feet deep Ditches surrounded the Bastille and four sets of drawbridges allowed people to pass into and out of it In the early 1400s it started to house prisoners before becoming an official state prison in 1417 in addition to continuing to serve as a fortress Although it had changed hands over the following centuries to the English and other forces the Bastille remained primarily in French possession During Louis XIV s reign from 1643 1715 he was known to imprison people there for the simple crime of bothering him in one manner or another differing religious views was one example Of course several of the prisoners were also there after being charged with more serious crimes such as espionage and embezzlement However the significant amount of secrecy that existed in regards to who was there and why likely helped set the stage for the events of 1789 Perhaps surprisingly it appears that conditions were improved during much of the 1700s and the number of prisoners held here decreased throughout that century Also the conditions were much more manageable than was the case in other prisons of the time In fact conditions were downright pleasant by today s standards as some prisoners had pets put up paintings and brought servants The average length of detention also decreased to two months However the prison s reputation remained negative This likely increased as it became more and more a symbol of despotism Also people started describing their experiences there in physical and psychological detail usually negatively in greater numbers leading up to and during the 1780s Although these descriptions may not have been entirely accurate the secrecy that surrounded the Bastille helped lead to a tremendous amount of distrust and anger amongst locals Revolutionary sentiment rose in the days leading up to the Storming of the Bastille A prisoner shouting to those outside the Bastille a couple of weeks earlier that a plan was being made to massacre those imprisoned there likely help stroke those fires He was soon moved which decreased the number of prisoners being housed there to seven When July 14 arrived nearly 1 000 people gathered outside the Bastille and were planning to storm it partly to secure the 250 barrels of gunpowder that was housed there to help them complete their ultimate goal of overthrowing the government By the end of the day nearly 100 people had been killed and the gunpowder was seized and the prisoners released The Bastille would be destroyed by November July 14 has been celebrated every year since and it became France s National Day in 1880 Not much remains from the Bastille The foundations of one of the towers were uncovered in 1899 and have since been moved to the intersection of

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  • Attractions, monuments, and vacation rentals in the Louvre District of Paris
    Lisa and several of the museum s current pieces of art to the Louvre Around 1600 artists started living in the building and would continue to do so for the following 200 years By the mid 1700s calls were being made to make this a museum The Louvre served as an on again off again museum for several years until the change was made permanent on Aug 10 1793 A total of 537 paintings were showcased at that time Meanwhile the Tuileries Palace was built in 1564 this royal and imperial palace was adjacent to the Louvre until it burned down in 1871 Most of the monarchs who ruled the country during this time period lived here This area has remained free of buildings ever since this one burned down and the space currently serves as the eastern end of the Jardin des Tuileries That same fire destroyed part of the Louvre fortunately the museum portion escaped unscathed Although the sections of the Louvre that the fire destroyed would be restored the remains of the Tuileries Palace were demolished in 1883 Fortunately this act did open up a clear sightline on the Axe historique from the Louvre through the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe Louvre Shopping The Rue Saint Honoré which hugs this community s northern border is a sought after destination for those looking to shop at some of Paris most prestigious boutiques This historic street is most likely at least 1 000 years old today it is the very definition of chic to many Hermès offers a spectacular selection of luxury goods Yves Saint Laurent is a prominent fashion house Colette which has been here since 1997 provides items such as perfume and coffee table books as well as a variety of clothes Cute shoes can be picked up at Christian Louboutin Another interesting place to go shopping is the Carrousel du Louvre which has been located under the famous Louvre Pyramid since opening in 1993 Some of the more interesting places to shop here include Fragonard Lancel Printemps L Occitane en Provence and La Maison du Chocolat Louvre Attractions Musée du Louvre This world class attraction is probably what caused you to be on this page in the first place Since about 35 000 artworks are displayed in nearly 800 000 square feet of space you probably want to plan out your visit Even if you like to let your heart lead the way and not plan things you may want to at the very least take a look at how the museum is laid out prior to your arrival Or you could just head in and simply start walking around and see what you stumble across If you want to see the Mona Lisa without needing to patiently or not so patiently wait for others to move away from it so that you can get closer plan your visit to this famous piece of art extremely early or late in the day or simply

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