Thursday, June 7, 2012

Paris--Get Off the Beaten Path

Paris vacation rentals are near many
off the beaten path sights, such as the
Sacre Coeur.

Paris vacation rentals are a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere  of the city. Most are within walking distance of exciting things to see and do. While many come to Paris to see the countless landmarks, there are many hidden delights to be found along the way. Walking tours are a terrific opportunity to gather information, but galleries, passages, gardens and captivating landscapes can be found by simply exploring less prominent areas on foot and watching where the locals go.

Montmartre & SacréCoeur offer visitors an opportunity to explore the many artistic cemeteries and churches that adorn Paris, including the arch doors of St. Martin and St. Denis, which are rarely visited by tourists. Street art also adorns most places in the capital, and all you need is a keen eye for finding unique pieces. In the historical center of Paris, on the Île de la Cité, at the meeting point of the Quai de l'Horloge, Boulevard du Palais & the Pont au Change, on the Tour de l'Horloge and on the corner of the medieval Conciergerie building is the most antiquated clock in all of Paris!

You’ll want to visit the corner of rue des Trois Freres and rue Androuet. This section is familiarly called "La Maison Collignon" (also "Marché de la Butte"). Inside the grocers is an impressive selection of bric-a-brac, where souvenirs of movies filmed at this location can be purchased at the usual fare of a local shop. The Statue of Liberty of Auguste Bartholdi, one of the various copies erected in 1889 on the Ile aux Cygnes (Swans Island), can be seen in front of the Pont de Grenelle.