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A Guide to Paris

Paris is divided into twenty numbered districts called arrondissements laid out in a snail shell formation with the first arrondissement at its center.  The river Seine divides Paris into the Right and Left bank (which can also be thought of as the North and South banks).  All of our apartments are located in central Paris, within walking distance of the Seine and the major monuments. The majority of our apartments are located in the prized Marais (on the Right Bank) and St Germain des Près (on the Left Bank) neighborhoods.  Our portfolio also includes an apartment in the chic Louvre neighborhood as well as extraordinary apartments with stunning views on the banks of the Seine overlooking the river and Notre Dame.

Le Marais

Le Marais is a neighborhood steeped in history and charm.  The richness of French history has architectural expression in le Marais’ most famous square; Place Des Vosges which was built by King Henri IV and subsequently renamed for the first region to pay its taxes!  The Place des Vosges’ holds a special place in both French literary history and literature itself.   Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables while living on the square and Alexandre Dumas set many scenes in his iconic adventure tales in the Place des Vosges.  Today, the square continues to occupy a prominent place in French culture housing art galleries, renowned designers and a three star Michelin restaurant, L’Ambroisie, as well as the Victor Hugo museum and the Hôtel de Sully museum, the former mansion of Cardinal Sully, one of King Henri IV’s royal advisors.

The Musee Carnavalet  (Parisian history museum) and Musee Picasso are both fantastic museums housed in old mansions in Le Marais.  The Pompidou Center (modern art museum) defines the Marais’ Eastern border and is not to be missed.

Le Marais is a neighborhood that celebrates its diversity and is the Parisian home of both the Jewish and Gay communities.   This celebration and appreciation of difference make the Marais one of the most culturally rich communities in Paris.

The rue des Francs Bourgeois is the main shopping artery in Le Marais boasting one of a kind designers and artisanal perfume makers alongside French lingerie brand Aubade and understated chic casual-wear designer Comptoir des Cottonniers.  The Rue Vieille de Temple competes for shopping pre-eminence with Vanessa Bruno, Louis XIV and Erotokritos boutiques.  Finally, Rue de Bretagne is the culinary hub of the Marais with a fabulous open-air market, Marche des Enfants Rouges, neighborhood cafés and cutting edge restaurants.

St Germain des Près

St Germain des Près is the iconically chic Left Bank neighborhood, once known for its rebellious writers and artists and now better recognized for its designer boutiques.  While St Germain is no longer bohemian, the elegant cafés where its notorious writers and thinkers created history are still manned by formal black and white clad career waiters serving steaming espresso and croissants.  St Germain also boasts the beautiful Abbey Saint Germain, which lends the neighborhood its name, the Saint Sulpice church and the impressionist Musée D’Orsay.

Here are some links you may find useful:

France Guide - Official website of the French Government Tourist Office

http://us.franceguide.com/

Paris Pages

http://www.paris.org

Guide to France

http://www.justfrance.org

Embassy of France in the United States

http://www.info-france-usa.org

Pariscope – Events in Paris

http://www.pariscope.fr

Meteo France – Weather in France

http://www.meteo.fr

France Magazine – A magazine about French Culture, Travel and Art de Vivre for an American Audience
http://www.francemagazine.org/

Travel resources in France

RATP – Getting around Paris via Public Transport
http://www.ratp.fr

Aéroports de Paris – useful information about the Paris Airports, like departure/arrival information.

http://www.adp.fr

SNCF French Railroad

http://www.sncf.com

Eurostar – The high-speed train connection between Paris and London

http://www.eurostar.com

Monuments, Museums, Language, Shopping

Alliance Francaise – French Language classes
http://www.afusa.org

French4U – French Translation service
http://www.french4u.com

Musée d’Orsay – Official web site
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/

Musée du Louvre – Official web site
http://www.louvre.fr/

Tour Eiffel – The official web site of the Eiffel Tower
http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/

Musée national Picasso – Pablo Picasso Museum
http://www.musee-picasso.fr/

Normandie MemoireOfficial site of the Normandy Memorial
http://www.normandiememoire.com

French Regions Information

Aquitaine
http://www.tourisme-aquitaine.fr/en/

Auvergne
http://www.crt-auvergne.fr

Brittany
http://www.brittanytourism.com

Burgundy
http://www.burgundy-tourism.com

Corsica
http://www.visit-corsica.com

Champagne-Ardenne
http://www.tourisme-champagne-ardenne.com

Franche-Comté
http://www.franche-comte.org

Ile de France
http://www.paris-ile-de-france.com

Languedoc-Roussillon
http://www.sunfrance.com

Limousin
http://www.cr-limousin.fr

Val de Loire
http://www.loirevalleytourism.com/

Lorraine
http://www.crt-lorraine.fr

Midi Pyrenees
http://www.tourisme-midi-pyrenees.org

Picardie
http://www.cr-picardie.fr

Poitou-Charentes
http://www.poitou-charentes-vacances.com

Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur
http://www.decouverte-paca.fr/us/

Rhone Alpes
http://www.rhonealpes-tourism.us/

Riviera-Cote d’ Azur
http://www.crt-riviera.fr/

Touraine
http://www.tourism-touraine.co

Commercial Sites with Related Products

Discover France
www.discoverfrance.com
Specialist in Active Vacations Exclusively in France

Seen On Real Estate
http://www.seenonrealestate.com/
Real Estate Blog, Housing, Investment and Foreclosure News, Mortages and Houses for Sale, Rentals, Commercial and Businesses

Travel resources rest of the World

World map – Maps collection of all over the world. Including world flags, city maps, region maps.
http://www.justmaps.org

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