Bonjour Paris, nice to meet you! There so many beautiful places to see in the city of Paris that upon arriving in the capital of France you'll be spoiled for choice!
You still have the fresh taste of French Champagne in your mouth when the plane lands at Charles De Gaulle airport. That young flight attendant with the red cheeks that lavished you with attention for the whole flight finally opens the door and whispers, “Bienvenue à Paris” before a flood of light forces you to put on your sunglasses…
And once you finally realize that you have just landed in France’s capital, the first question you think about is: what should I see in Paris?
The first thing you notice once outside Paris Airport is the perfume of France… and you still can’t place it. You have travelled a lot: You remember the hot humidity of Florida, the bittersweet fragrance that wafts through the streets of India and the petals of hawthorn that dance in the skies of the north. But you've never seen anything like the city of Paris. The capital of love, full of attractions.
Imagine that same perfume inside your house or on the balcony of a cozy apartment where you can gaze at the Eiffel Tower on the horizon. Take a look at the Bourdonnais apartment, located near the Gross-Caillou neighbourhood. A superb studio apartment accommodation with view of the Eiffel Tower, entirely renovated and refurbished, adjacent to the Champs de Mars, in the chic and elegant 7th district.
And when the fresh air fills your lungs, suddenly you are struck by the desire to know, to explore and to hear that elegant melody that is the French language. Because, now that you think of it, the reason why you don’t recognize the aroma of this capital is that until now you have only heard about it. So many questions wander in your mind, when you're walking down the most important streets of Paris.
You have just left your bags in your apartment facing the Arch of Triumph and now you want to start discovering places to see in Paris.
They have told you about the market on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which during Christmas time shines with green, red and blue lights and is filled with artisans selling their wares.
Now that you are here, the thought of it gives you a sense of warmth – maybe because you are holding a glass of vin chaude that protects you from the cold chill of winter, maybe because in a crowd of travellers you have finally found the place you have been looking forward to for months.
Staying near the Champs-Élysées is the best bet you can make if you're looking for an accomodation in the city centre. We suggest you to look further and book a nice apartment located in Rue Marignan. A refined studio apartment for rent of about 38 sq.mt in the 8th arrondissement, in a stately building located in a side street near the Champs Elysées, perfect for either a Paris holiday or a business trip.
But “he who hesitates is lost” as you have heard so many times. And the truth is that in Paris there is so much to see that it is difficult to decide what to focus on. The signs at the stations, with their Liberty style declaring the importance of beauty, invite you to look at the large map of what was once called the Ville Lumière, or “City of Light”. Like all the great cities of the world, the capital of France is divided into quarters, the so called Paris arrondissements here, each with its own identity and, once again, an unmistakable aroma.
An arrondissement full of history: the sixteenth
There is the sixteenth district or arrondissment, for example, famous throughout Europe for the Haussmann buildings whose luxury still recalls the Second Empire or the time between 1848 and 1852 when the city underwent an important modernization project.
Just a couple of minutes away from the XVI arrondissement you can find the apartment Lauriston, located in one of Paris most exclusive residential area. The apartment is located in a splendid and quiet neighbourhood right between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower.
Where once there were ancient streets so picturesque and typical of the French capital, today lie long, straight streets flanked by green spaces and haute couture boutiques. Right in the heart of the park Bois de Bologne, the Louis Vuitton Foundation (Fondation d’entreprise Louis Vuitton) recently opened its doors. The truth is, you can’t do anything but see it with your own eyes, because right in the middle of the gardens, among the grand oaks and hundred-year trees, you see a metal iceberg designed by Frank Gehry, who was also the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Glass, wood and steel filter the quiet nature and the trees with an angular softness in a celebration of contemporary art, where works of art have a leisurely conversation with the surrounding architecture.
A city which tastes of a marketplace
Art excites the spirit, makes your heart beat faster and at the same time makes you want to talk about it. Don’t pay attention to anyone telling you to stay in the east part of the city. Jump on the first bus you see and head towards the Bastille in the far western part of the capital! One of the most beautiful times to visit the famous neighbourhood is during the Batille Day Celebration.
The framework of the very unique market is made of iron frame in honour of one of Paris’ most famous symbols: The Eiffel Tower. La tour Eiffel is of course named after its architect, Gustave Eiffel, who had a penchant for using this particular metal.
Here, a bit away from the city centre and the more touristy areas, you will enjoy the air of a real marketplace, where the fruit doesn’t look so much like jewellery but the fine products of nature.
Paris, fusion of art, stories and perfumes
And again, your sense of smell conquers the rest: The freshly picked apples, the oranges ready for juicing, and over there some oysters right out of the water that colour the air with a pale aphrodisiac veil.
The food, colours and aromas give you a good appetite!
Paris, fusion of art, stories and perfumes
Then you will want to stop in at some old café, perhaps to sample an excellent cheese like the Saint Nectaire du auvergine that melts in your mouth and catches fire on contact with a bold, fruity red wine.
With Halldis you can easily mix this unique experience with a comfortable stay in one of our most beatiful apartments in the city centre. The apartment Barbet de Jouy, an elegant 60 sq. mt. duplex apartment located on the 3rd floor of a prestigious Haussmanian building, on a residential street in the Saint Germain des Prés area.
In that moment, relaxing at the table, you will understand that Paris is the most eternal of cities. And that its fragrance is a mixture of culture, history and almost undefinable excitement.
You will feel sure of one thing in the end: that you regret not having visited Paris before now. And in a timeless city, although you know you will eventually need to fly back home, you will feel like you have all the time in the world.