The new way to travel

October 3rd, 2009

Lafayette smallWe have just returned from Paris and this time we took an apartment for 5 nights, rather than a hotel room.  Paris hotel rooms are notoriously miniscule (they must price real estate there by the square inch), and even though our “apartment” was hardly commodious it was still the much better option.  Get a one bedroom not a studio, so that if one of you is jetlagged you have the living room to read your book, rather than perching on the toilet in the middle of the night.  We used ParisAddress.com which gives you excellent information (including the square meterage of the unit) and you can book in real time.  It pays to do your homework on which areas of Paris you prefer.  We like  Ile Saint Louis (the little island behind Notre Dame) because it’s 17th century little streets are like a village in the heart of Paris.  Other areas to consider are the Marais (the medieval Jewish sector) and The Latin Quarter.  I prefer to avoid the Champs Elysee and Louvre areas because of the wide boulevards and traffic.  If you are set on a hotel check out Hotel du Jeu de Paume on the Ile Saint Louis (www.jeudepaumehotel.com) — small and full of character.

Another option is VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) which Kathy from Lets Travel told me about (minimum 2 nights).  Kathy said that she did this very successfully in Rome, where the owner picked them up at the Airport and showed them the nuts and bolts of the apartment.

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