Paris toujours, Paris mon amour

It’s been a rough few days in Paris. Following the attacks of the 13th of November, we have all been under a state of shock and deep sadness. So I will begin by paying my respects to the families who have lost loved ones on this tragic day, I wish you love and courage to overcome these hard times.

After the weekend I found it hard to set foot outside, but the second I did so I was overwhelmed by the wave of solidarity and strength taking place around me. The French will not fold to the terror inflicted upon them, and with the deep values of their culture life continues, the terraces and cafes are still packed with Parisians drinking wine, eating well and laughing loudly, nothing will take this away from them, and they will continue doing it with pride.

So if you are around or will be soon, like most Parisians do, light a little candle at your window in memory of the lost ones and take yourself for a glass of wine at one of Paris’s many beautiful bustling terraces.

WE LOVE PARIS!

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Weekend Five

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This is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to visit Paris. The cobbled streets leading to L’ile Saint Louis are carpeted with autumn leafs, the weather is gentle enough to spend the morning reading your book at the terrace of the Shakespeare &co book shop and the city is buzzing with exhibitions, festivals and all kinds of cultural activities. Here is a little selection of things to do if you’re in the city of lights this weekend (and in the weeks to come!).

Picasso mania at Le grand palais

07 October 2015 to 29 February 2016

3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris

>>>http://goo.gl/RlyeIF

Lights of Africa at Le theatre Chaillot

04 to 24 November
1 place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris

>>>http://goo.gl/kiQrhk

Le musée Rodin Re-opening 

From the 12th of November

77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

>>>http://goo.gl/D4UukH

Treasures of “La comtesse Greffulhe” at Le musée de la mode

07 November to 20th of March

10, Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, 75116 Paris

>>>http://goo.gl/t2KN5u

Ferris wheel at Concorde, Paris from above

13 of November to the 1st of March

On the Champs Elysées

>>>http://goo.gl/jJaOLY

Have beautiful weekend!!

One heart one tree, plant your grain on the Eiffel Tower!

This fantastic project was created by the artist Naziha Mestaoui to raise awareness on the subject of climate change.
From the 28th of November until mid-December, with the help of heart beat sensors, thousands of digital trees baring the names of their creators and growing at the pace of their hearts will light up the Eiffel Tower with the green shine of eco-consciousness. For each virtual tree created, a real tree will be planted somewhere in the world.
Happenings around art and the environment will take place throughout this period under and on the first level the Eiffel tower.
Everything you need to know about the ONE HEART, ONE TREE project:

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Outdoor Opera in Paris: La Traviata

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Played for the first time in Venice in 1853, La Traviata is by far one of the most popular operas by Giuseppe Verdi. If you love going to watch live music at stunning venues, you should check out the Opera en Plein Air in Paris this week from September 8-12, 2015.

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Each year one opera is chosen and put on at various stunning outdoor venues around France. This week the event will take place at the absolutely stunning Hotel des Invalides in central Paris. This is guaranteed to be a unique experience you will never forget!

The show begins nightly at 8:45pm. To purchase tickets, follow this link:

https://operaenpleinair.fnacspectacles.com/ficheManifestation.do?rewritten=true&codman=TRAV5

Bisous from Paris!

Gorgeous Apartment on a MOST Prestigious Street – Featured Apartment September

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This large one bedroom with a truly stunning courtyard is an absolute gem!  The ave Junot is home to some of the most expensive real estate in Montmartre. The charming neighborhood street is lined with immaculately maintained “villas” giving it a village appearance which is completely unique to this avenue.  It is well shaded with a canopy of trees and several art deco buildings that allow visitors to literally step into the history of the area.
 
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The avenue Junot was created between 1910-1912 in an area known as the “Maquis de Montmartre”. It owes its name to General Jean-Andoche Junot (1771-1813), Duke of Abrantes. The avenue was originally called “Storm of the Avenue,” the nickname of Jean-Andoche.
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The large apartment is perfect for business or vacationing travelers alike with 2 desks/work ares and quiet privacy.  The WiFi extends to the courtyard for peaceful afternoon work or play online.  The remodeled interior and historic exterior is a rare find in Paris and we highly recommend it to 1-3 travelers as in addition to the double bed, it also boasts a large sofa perfect to accommodate a 3rd guest.
 
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Bisous from Paris!

Summertime in Paris is Easy

I have just returned from a fabulously relaxing and rejuvenating birthday get-a-way in Paris coordinated by Take Me To Paris Apartments. If you’re looking to escape the heat and humidity of summertime in the States, Paris is where you want to be!

I spent much of my 5 days outdoors – strolling along the Seine, lounging in Jardin des Tuileries, and taking advantage of end-of-season sales at outdoor markets and boutiques.

Parisians are making the most of the breezy real estate along the river – where pop-up bistros, crepe stands and cafes are interspersed between outdoor activities like hopscotch and tether-pong.

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The gardens at Tuileries are in full bloom and immaculately pruned. Soothed by the tranquil sounds of a trickling fountain, I spent most of one afternoon sunning and people-watching.

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Although truncated from the extensive offering during the spring and fall months, the outdoor Saxe-Breteuil market still has an amazing selection of treats and gifts. 

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If you’re fond for finding a bargain, most boutiques are still open and looking to sell their final items before setting out fall and winter collections. I found lots of good deals along Rue du Commerce in the 15th. For big spenders, or faire du lèche-vitrine, stroll along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th … and be sure to stop for a drink in the famously elegant Hotel Bristol.

While indulging in the French delicacies of pain au chocolat and fromage, I also mildly kept an exercise regime – logging between 12,000 and 15,000 steps per day and with a one-day pass at CMG Sports Club on Rue Frémicourt.

A big thanks to Sonja and her team for making this birthday a special one!

Featured Apartment in Paris this August

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Renting an apartment in Paris is the perfect way to experience this city like a local. Each building in Paris has its own unique history and qualities.
For the month of August we are featuring a charming studio in the 7eme arrondissement, located directly beside the fascinating Invalides and Rodin museums and just a short stroll from the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower.
Aside from the gorgeous central location, the studio is also fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay, including WIFI and unlimited long distance calling to North America.

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Overlooking a quiet courtyard, this lovely studio would be perfect for a couple travelling through Paris this summer.
Attempt to master that French dish you always wanted to learn to make and enjoy a bottle of our complimentary wine from the Loire Valley.
Over the years renovating these old buildings to include modern amenities while still maintaining their historical integrity has become a delicate balancing act! The idiosyncracies of each building are part of Parisian life.
When you stay in a Paris apartment you really get to see what its like to live like a Parisian.