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Îles de la Cité and St-Louis, Jewels of the Seine

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As long as there has been a Paris (or Lutetia as it was called during the Roman era), there has been life on the Ile de la Cité. Though many of the buildings on the Ile de la Cité were demolished during the Haussmann era, vestiges of the foundations and walls from homes dating back 2,000 years can be found in the crypte just near the Notre Dame Cathedral. Read more about our favorite spots on Paris’s Islands in the Seine.

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La Rambla in Barcelona

La Rambla: Rambling Through the Heart of Barcelona

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La Rambla (or Les Rambles) is Barcelona’s main drag and best known street. It runs down the center of Ciutat Vella and bustles with life, music, and commerce. It’s full of street performers, artists, flower and animal (mostly bird) vendors, temporary art fairs and so much more. Although it can get quite crowded, La Rambla is one of the best places for people-watching. There are a few key spots really worth checking out:

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Monmartre Paris

Monmartre: Bohemian History in Paris

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Though the Left Bank, especially the St. Germain-des-Près and Montparnasse, has become renowned for its association with the intellectual and literary elite of Paris in the 20th century, the former village of Montmartre can rightfully claim its own elite, mostly from the world of art but also poetry and writing. Artists, poets and writers all flocked here for the cheap living quarters and the racy side of Parisian life, for Montmartre has always been home to many of the city’s cabarets and erotica.  Read More

Renting a Vacation Apartment? Ask These 6 Things

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Luxury Paris vacation apartment

Considering an apartment for your next vacation? You are in good company. Still, it is important to be cautious, as online photos can be deceptive, and often user reviews are skewed or misleading. Cultural differences further complicate the European vacation rental market, and the irregularities that come with historic buildings can warrant additional cautions. Read More