If you’ve visited Paris and fell in love with the city, perhaps it’s time to take your next trip. But this time, live like a local with the fabulous rental properties available at HomeAway.
Why rent a room when you can rent a home, apartment, villa? Take your pick.
Now is the perfect time to book an extended visit to Paris. Not only does our high Australian dollar ensure an inexpensive stay, but going to Paris between June and November, means you are heading into the city's warmer months.
Here are HomeAway's tips on how to holiday in Paris, but live like a local:
Tip 1: Rent a home, not a hotel
Living like a real Parisian must start with renting a home rather than staying in a hotel. Not only will you rub shoulders with the locals, but you’ll be able to cook in your very own kitchen and immerse yourself in the local treats, and you’ll pick up some amazing ideas to share back home. HomeAway has over 3700 houses and apartments in Paris so there’s something for every budget.
Tip 2: Fresh bread every morning
Only buy enough bread for one and day take a morning stroll each day to the local bakery. You can try classic Parisian fare such as croissants and escargots, and also try the baguette traditional which is a bread adored by the locals.
Tip 3: Find the days for the local fresh food market
Buying fresh seasonal produce (including lots of butter) will allow you to experiment or refine your cooking skills in your HomeAway rental. Feel free to ask the sellers the best ways to cook produce, a fabulous way to pick up new ideas and recipes. You can find Paris’ Top 10 markets here
Tip 4: Buy fresh flowers
On the first day of your stay, buy a bunch of gorgeous fresh flowers from your local florist. The fragrance will add to the romance and make sure the space feels truly like your own.
Tip 5: Picnic at dusk
It may be the Isle de St.Louis, the Luxembourg Gardens or Place de Vouge. Pack cheese and wine and enjoy. Just make sure when the Park Guard blows his whistle, you move off the lawn.
Tip 6: Join in the festivities
Paris has many local festivals that occur in the warmer months. If you hear something going on in the streets, always investigate and join in. It may be free dancing lessons or a local band, get amongst it!
Here are key events to consider:
Paris Jazz Festival - June 8 to July 28 2013 - 1www.parcfloraldeparis.com/
Parc Floral de Paris / Jardin botanique de la Ville de Paris, June 5 2013 to September 25 2013 - . Great for families.parisinfo.com/show-exhibition/1377251/lespestacles
Bastille Day Celebrations on 14 July are a must if in town - parisinfo.com/shows-exhibitions-paris/bastille-day-in-paris/
Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (thought to be the biggest flea market in the world) - marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com
Tip 7: Kiss in public
If you’re lucky enough to visit Paris with someone you love, then feel free to have a nice pash in public. It might be in the middle of a bridge, in a park or just waiting at the traffic lights. Enjoy its the city of love!
Tip 8: Dress up
Take the opportunity to wear that flirty floral dress, or if you’re a guy that smart shirt with a scarf. Paris is a place where you will be admired for your style so feel free to flaunt it.
Tip 9: Get around on a bike
Paris has a bike rental system called Vélib’. It is a self-service bike system where you buy a 1-day or a 7-day ticket online or at any Vélib’ station. Riding your bike around Paris gives you a unique local perspective.
Tip 10: Use the Metro
The Paris Metro train station is the locals’ transport of choice (apart from walking and bikes). If the ticket machines confuse you, just ask the attendant for a “carnet” and he/she will sell you a bunch of 10 single use tickets.
Here is but a taste of the Parisian abodes that await at homeaway.com.au:
Luxury Apartment Notre Dame: www.homeaway.com.au/holidayrental/p3464983
Beautiful apartment 17th century Latin Quarter apartment: www.homeaway.com.au/holiday-rental/p335272
Stunning Eiffel Tower apartment: www.homeaway.com.au/holidayrental/p28356vb
Quirky Latin Quarter apartment: www.homeaway.com.au/holidayrental/p922495