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Apartment - 39 rue de Vaugirard - short term rental, Apartment neighborhood, Where to stay

Hotel Villa Madame and the provenance of Rue Madame

I just learned of the provenance of the fabled street, rue Madame, that crosses rue de Vaugirard, where our apartment is located. It was named after Marie-Joseph-Louise, "Madame" de Savoie, the wife of Xavier-Stanilas "Monsieur" de Bourbon, Count of Provence and the future Louis XVIII. In 1790, "Monsieur," the current owner of the Luxembourg Palace, honoured "Madame" by naming the…read more
Apartment neighborhood, Books for Kids, Culture, Restaurants, Shopping, Travel, Travel with Kids

Merci Concept Store Opens

This three-floor, 16,000-square-foot general store near the Marais offers shopping with a conscience; all of the profits are donated to children's charities in Madagascar. The couple behind Bonpoint children's clothing fame have put together an irresistible array of cutting-edge design, in-house collections, vintage furniture and kitchen and tableware finds, plus fashion, lowers, a perfume bar, and a used book café.…read more
Culture, Food, Museums and Monuments, Restaurants, Shopping, Travel, Travel with Kids, Where to stay

Even those who are on a budget, Paris is an unexpected pleasure

Of course, as I read this article in NY Times , I was reminded once again, the democratic pleasures of Paris... that the Proustian aspects of Paris need not be costly.... taste360.jpg IF YOU GO HOW TO GET AROUND The Vélib’ bicycle-rental system has become exceedingly popular. ... Le Bar à Soupes, 33, rue de Charonne; (33-1) 4357-5379; www.lebarasoupes.com, offers an excellent lunch deal: a fresh market soup, two types of cheese, bread and a glass of wine for 9.90 euros.

Apartment - 39 rue de Vaugirard - short term rental, Apartment neighborhood, Culture, For tourists only, Travel, Where to stay

If I could not stay at our place, this is where I would stay…

So many friends and others interested in traveling to Paris have been calling us to rent our place or to find other rentals and hotels for their summer holiday. Even though the economy is still in the doldrum and they say travel is definitely down, there are still many who are taking advantage of the recession and finding great values…read more