Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paris studio near the Sorbonne

Whether you're coming to Paris to attend classes, teach, or conduct research, you'll find a place to call your own that makes traveling to and from your part of the university easy.
Even though "Paris 1" (as it is colloquially called) actually has various centers throughout the city if Paris, a number of key areas are the largest hubs, one of those being the actual Sorbonne. The Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is a latticework of educational institutions and colleges spanning five continents, although centered in Paris.

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Your Paris apartment for rent will give you convenient access to the university center you'll be calling your "home away from home". Paris 5th arrondissement apartments rental Sorbonne-Pantheon, make it easy for you to get back and forth, while enjoying Paris in a true Parisian style!
The name combines two traditional Parisian seats of learning, in tern reflecting the nature of the university's focus itself. Its specialties may be very roughly divided into three main branches: economics, the humanities and law. As such, the name "Sorbonne" encapsulates the humanities aspect of learning, as the Sorbonne is the traditional seat of humanities study in Paris. (The name is also shared by Paris University III and University IV, which also have strong humanities programs.) The name "Pantheon" refers to the legal focus of Paris 1 (and Paris 2, for that matter), as the building Place du Panthéon is the traditional seat of legal studies in Paris. As there is no traditional seat of economics studies (as it was once considered an aspect of law, and thus taught by legal faculty), there is no name to represent the economics aspect of coursework.

Paris 1 is one of France's leading schools in training researchers, judges, attorneys and legal schools, management, and has graduated many of Paris' highest-level civil servants,
Historically speaking, the university was once a part of a single university that was later divided into the universities that exist today, of which Paris 1 is the largest. Almost 50,000 students are enrolled in 5 institutes (offering graduate coursework in law, political science, the humanities, and economics) and 14 departments (Unités de Formation et de Recherche) focusing on both teaching and research. Paris 1 has the largest humanities and social science departments in all of France.
Paris 1 employs over 1,000 faculty members, and is the home of 200 researchers working for world-class research institutions, the largest of these being CNRS, or in English the National Center for Scientific Research. Over 100 technical and administrative and staff members are grouped into 68 research teams for the National Center and the Ministry of Education and Research.
A long term apartment rentals Paris is the best way to live close to the campus or research center of your choice. Each year, students find charming places to stay while attending university, and visiting faculty and researchers also find an apartment to help them stay close to where they work whole enjoying the many wonderful attractions Paris has to offer.
After all, around 400 students defend their PhD thesis each year, and around 2,000 post-graduate degrees are earned from 15 graduate schools, spanning 74 areas of education.
The university has a strong international aspect, with outreach programs that include over 150 conventions with international universities across 5 continents. There are more than 5,000 international students at the university, some affiliated with programs such as SOCRATES or TEMPUS. Although the majority of these students continue to come from Eastern and Western Europe, there are students from Asia, Africa and America as well. Faculty from overseas (around 100 each year) come to teach at the university and stay in one of our apartment rental in Sorbonne & Pantheon - Paris
The highly-mobile staff gives the university yet another unique aspect. Each year more than 100 faculty from universities overseas come to Paris 1 to teach or to participate in research, which is a large focus of university activity. Many members of the staff also go abroad each year for research conferences and to teach.
A large part of the activity at Paris 1 is in world-class research, particularly in subjects such as in economics, law, political science, mathematics, sociology, communications, management and European and international studies.

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It's no wonder. The university's archives and libraries are impressive by any metric. The Sorbonne alone has three million tomes, 100,000 of which are 200 years old or older. 18,000 periodicals, and one of the largest collections of documents in France.
Other libraries focusing on specific areas of study hold an additional half-million volumes, the Institute of Geography has some of the oldest maps in Europe, and the Cujas Library alone has 500 data banks, and the largest law and economics library in the nation.
Your Paris apartments should help get you where you need to go each day, in an area that speaks to you in more aesthetic ways. No matter where you choose to stay in Paris, one thing is assured: These are memories you will cherish for a lifetime, and we look forward to helping you find a match that helps make your dream a reality.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Animal Beauty

Galeries nationales, Grand Palais starting March 14th

This exhibition is a collection of 160 masterpieces of western art from the world's greatest museums. The choiceis radical and original: in the selected works (painting, sculptures, photographs...), animals feature exclusively, self contained and devoid of human presence. from the Renaissance to the present day, the subject of the animal weaves a link between art and science. Bruegel, Chagall, Degas, MAnet, Louis Bourgeois...all demonstrate this.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Next Paris stay - rent an apartment near Hotel de Ville

This City Hall is located in one of Paris’ most centrally-located and fashionable districts, the 4th. Completed in the 19th century, it sits on the site where its precursor was burned to the ground by Communards in 1871.
seeking apartment rentals in Paris located near the Hotel de Ville means living in one of Paris’ most central and historic arrondissements. After all, this was medieval Paris, and the overall look remains steeped in history.

Of course, although the look remains medieval, times have changed, and today the 4th is one of Paris’ most action-packed districts. There are more bars and bistros here than seemingly anywhere else in the city, offering a variety of upscale cuisine and youthful fun. Although this is traditionally gay Paris, there is also a thriving Jewish community here, and the bars and bistros are packed until all hours with straight singles, college students from the many nearby universities, and young professionals looking to unwind. Families will find much to do during the day, with many of Paris’ most famous sights and cultural offerings nearby.
The history of the Hotel de Ville, as is the case with much of Paris, is long and complex, with appearances in several major chapters of the city's history. Your short term apartment rentals in Paris gives you the opportunity to step into this story book, and create a small chapter of your own in this magical place. The original City Hall was conceived in 1533 by King Francis I, and intended to reflect the grandeur of what was at the time the largest city in Christendom.
Frenchman Pierre Chambiges and Italian Dominique de Cortone were appointed to design the edifice in the spirit of the Renaissance. It was created to be refined and full of light, and construction continued until 1628 and the reign of Louis XIII.
The original Hotel de Ville was burned down by the Communards in 1871, and as a result a new one had to be created. The winners of a design competition were architects Ballu and Deperthes, who created a more lavish, and far larger replica to replace the original. Striking white stone was used for creation of part of it, similar to the stone used for the Montmartre's famous Sacred Heart basilica.
Architecture enthusiasts will find interesting that the architect Ballu also created the Church of the Trinity (La Trinité), located in the 9th district. He also created the belfry of the town hall located across from the Louvre's east façade in the 1st district.
The Hotel de Ville has served as the backdrop of many notable events, and even scandals, over the years. The proclamation creating the Third Republic of France was read here, and Charles de Gaulle greeted crowds here with a famous speech during Paris' Liberation on August 25, 1944.
During the government of Jacques Chirac, City Hall was the center point of a scandal involving jobs illegally given to Chicac's supporters and a lavish entertainment budget.
As this is the very heart of central Paris, there's much to see and do, and your rental Paris 4th district Hotel de Ville puts you squarely in the middle of the fun.
Shopping is just the beginning. For a better view of the Hotel de Ville and surrounding areas, including the Seine, head to the top floor, and then the terrace of the department store across the way, the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (often called "BHV"). From the terrace there's a wonderful view of City Hall and the river.

The lower Marais here is one of Paris' most fashionable areas. There are many cultural institutions nearby to enjoy, such as the Pompidou Center, which houses one of Europe's largest collections of modern art.
For a more spiritual tour of Paris, the famous Notre Dame Cathedral is a mere walk away, as are many medieval churches and spiritual landmarks. You'll find many beautiful walks are possible from your charming new apartment rentals in Paris or apartment rental in Hotel de Ville quarter - Paris.
The Holocaust Memorial (Le Mémorial de la Shoah) has a large documentation centre and a wall filled with the names of 76,000 Jews deported from France to Nazi camps between the years 1942-1944. It also includes an archive of around 1,000,000 artifacts, with 55,000 photographs.
The Maison de Victor Hugo (where the French novelist once resided), at the historic Place des Vosges, is also located nearby.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Your next Paris rental close to the Maison de la Radio

Located in the mostly upscale 16th arrondissement of Paris, The Maison de la Radio is home of Radio France, broadcasting to more than 80% of all French households. In addition to this distinctive building, the 16th has the Trocadéro, and much more.

The 16th, like most arrondissements of Paris, has a distinctive character, but also variations within the district. Opulence abounds near the Palais de Chaillot and the Trocadéro, with the north, in particular, home to an abundance of wealth and the homesteads of the super-wealthy.
Most of the district is a mix of designs and architecture from the 1930s, in addition to the characteristic Haussmann buildings created by Paris' famous city planner, under Napoleon III. To the south, slightly more economical residence can be found. And there are also places to live near La Defense, the business district. But no matter where you choose, there's bound to be Paris apartments that are perfect for your needs.

From your apartment for rental Maison de la Radio in Paris, you may find yourself simply enjoying all the fun the 16th has to offer residents. Take a walk by the Trocadéro and the Palais de Chaillot, which houses several museums, including the Maritime Museum, Museum of Mankind, and Museum of French Monuments.
There are various neighborhoods also worth exploring, such as the business area of Kléber, or the very-upscale Victor Hugo neighborhood. The Champs Elysées, Eiffel tower and Trocadéro Gardens are not far away.

The buzzing Passy commercial area is to the south. Travel along the avenue Mozart to access the quaint small-town, countryside feel of the charming Auteuil district.
There are many fun surprises to discover while in the 16th, such as the smaller version of Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty, located on the Pont de Grenelle.
If your vacation rentals Paris put you within walking distance of the Maison de la Radio, you'll have ample time to stroll to the museum and discover the fun history that is stored within. The distinctive round building itself, completed in 1963 (and inaugurated by Charles de Gaulle), is 500 meters around, and is home to the Museum of Radio and Television History.
A number of landmarks that have figured prominently in the development of modern communications are stored here, from crystal receivers to the telegraph of 1793. There are exhibits celebrating inventors and thinkers from Maxwell (who first postulated the modern theory of electromagnetic waves) to Hertz, Branly, Popov, Marconi and many more.
The building itself was designed by Henri Bernard.

Today, the Maison de la Radio is the home of Radio France, the French broadcasting entity that is the parent of seven broadcasting stations. "Le Mouv'" is the pop station, beloved particularly by a younger audience, with "France Bleu" a confederation of local stations throughout the country, "France Musique" for jazz and classical offerings, "France Inter" for entertainment and news, "FIP" a mix of chanson, folk, world, hip hop, jazz and classical, "France Culture" for culture, and finally "France Info." for regional, national and international news.
In addition to these stations, Radio France is entrusted with the development of France's prized choir groups and orchestras: the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of France, and Choir of Radio France. The Choir School of Radio France is comprised of teenagers and children.
Conversely, the international arm of Radio France, Radio France Internationale (RFI), is controlled by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

When looking for apartment rentals in Paris, you have many options. The 16th is one arrondissement definitely worth considering; but of course, where you decide to stay will depend much on your individual personality and preferences. Feel free to take your time and explore all of the charming neighborhoods Paris has to offer, and look for the apartment rental in the Maison de la Radio quarter, Paris that feels like a "fit" for you. No matter where you choose, we know you'll have the time of your life in Paris.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Matisse Odds and Evens

Coming soon at the Pompidou center - from 7th of March to 18th june 2012

Variations on a single them or pattern are at the heart of Matisse's work. This unusual exhibition presents the development of this very singular process which is a trademark of the artist. In a single subject , he creates compositions, colours, stylization, constructs series. The exhibition path through about sixty painting and thirty graphic works grouped into paris, triads or serie, encompasses Matisse's entire oeuvre and reveals its coherence, the plastic and poetic in all its intensity.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Apartment rentals in Montmartre, Paris

An enclave of artists and bohemians, this “mountain of the martyr" is one of the world's most artistically historical areas, built on a hill 130 metres high on the Right Bank of Paris. Read below to find out more.

Those who saw the movie Amelie may recognize the quaint, quirky character of this bohemian part of town, which carries an interesting historical mix of spirituality and fun-filled decadence.
Montmartre is an official historic area, which strives to preserve its charm and history. As a result, some modern development had been intentionally limited. You can catch the Montmartre Bus here, and the RATP's Funiculaire de Montmartre is another option for visiting.
Located on the Right Bank, north of central Paris, the most recognizable feature of the Montmartre is probably the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré Cœur), located at the summit of this little mountain. The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur is still one of the Montmartre’s most treasured and most-visited icons. Erected on Montmartre between 1876 to 1912, it remains a psychic center of artistic activity, where artists still work at their easels amidst the shade of Place du Tertre's umbrellas.
The Saint Pierre de Montmartre church is also here. According to some histories the Saint Pierre church is the location at which the order of Jesuit priests was founded.
The Montmartre is named after martyr Saint Denis, the Bishop of Paris who was decapitated on the hill around 250 AD. As Saint Denis is the patron saint of France, the symbolism is particularly poignant and culturally significant. The Montmartre may have also been a druidic holy place due to its vantage point as the highest point in the area, giving it yet another layer of mysterious spiritual history. Apartment rentals in Paris is the best way to soak it all in.
It was at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century that the hill also became a center of decadent entertainment. This may have been due to the fact that wine-making was popular among the local inhabitants, and that liquor was free of Paris taxation, being outside of Paris city limits. It is also true that when the Parisian city planner Baron Haussmann and Napoleon III planned to make Paris the most beautiful city in Europe, large areas of land near the center of the city were given to Haussmann's financial backers and friends, which drove many of Paris’ original inhabitants to outlying districts such as La Villette, and to the Montmartre, which featured a view of the city.
It was in the Montmartre's bohemian transformation in which the popular Moulin Rouge cabaret came of fame, as well as at Le Chat Noir (literally "Black Cat”), where many famous performers regularly appeared, such as Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril, La Goulue, Mistinguett, Damia, Aristide Bruant, Georges Guibourg, Marcelle Lender, Fréhel among many others. A long term apartment rentals in Paris lets you see these sights to your heart's content.

In modern times, the Montmartre is quite possibly best known as a mecca of artistic expression, with a history unrivaled worldwide. The list of artists who resided here at one time or another reads like a "Who's Who" of contemporary art. Artists Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso worked here, as did Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. And these are but a few.
Théophile Steinlen's famous advertisement for the Le Chat Noir cabaret was created here. Your Paris apartments Montmartre Paris will take you within walking distance of clubs that still exhibit the same authentic charm. Artists like Johan Jongkind and Camille Pissarro came to inhabit Montmartre in the mid-19th century. By the end of the era, Montmartre and Montparnasse (its bohemian equivalent on the Left Bank), became the major artistic capitals of Paris. Between 1904–1909, Amedeo Modigliani, Picasso, and other struggling artists lived and worked in a commune here, in a building called the "Laundry Boat" (Le Bateau-Lavoir).
Multiple similar collectives sprang up, such as Les Nabis (which included Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Alfred Jarry, Pierre Brissaud, Gen Paul, Jacques Villon, André Derain, Théophile Steinlen). Find your apartment rentals in Paris and see through their eyes. African-American "expatriates" such as Langston Hughes also worked in Montmartre, which became a muse for some of his work.

Many renowned artists and composers are buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre and the Cimetière Saint-Vincent.

Which brings us to music! Some of the world's most famous music also drew breath here. Singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour's most renowned work, In La Bohème, is about a painter remembering his youth spent in a Montmartre that has faded away. And composers like Satie (who at one time was a pianist at Le Chat Noir) also lived and worked here.

For museums, see Espace Dalí, which showcases some of Salvador Dalí's surrealist works. And be especially sure to see the Musée de Montmartre, where painter Maurice Utrillo once lived and worked.

We encourage you to take your time and enjoy your search. You may wish to begin simply by browsing by arrondissement:
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Thursday, November 24, 2011


The area called Les Halles is located in the heart of Paris, in the first district. Many of Paris' most famous attractions are located in the district, from the Louvre museum to the Notre Dame, and a variety of interesting streets, bars and smaller museums.
The thing that springs to most immediately to mind when speaking of the les Halles neighborhood is the sprawling underground shopping area known as the Forum des Halles.

The original Les Halles was an above-ground market once known as "The Stomach of Paris." It was written about by 19th century novelist Zola, and was actually first extended in the 1100s by King Philippe II Auguste. There were glass and iron structures where merchants from across the globe plied their wares. By the 1970s the area had deteriorated, and in the meantime the area beneath had been developed into the central hub of Paris' speedy train system, the RER.
In 1971, the above-ground Halles was dismantled, and the forum was created. This underground shopping area has multiple levels, and was opened in 1979. The somewhat surreal atmosphere here is still enjoyed by strollers and Parisians today. Around 500,000 people pass through the Halles area each day. There are multiple attractions within the mall itself, from a media museum to move theatres, and even a wax museum (Musée Grévin).
A nearby apartment in Paris means living in what is Paris' "most central" area, the bustling first arrondissement. Your Paris apartments for rent at les Halles means living literally within walking distance of the Louvre museum, the Notre Dame, the Palais Royal, and much more.
Lovers of jewelry and glamour can stroll to the Place Vendôme, an 8-sided square that is home of Cartier, Boucheron, van Cleef & Arpels and many others. For a more serene getaway, walk to the Palais Royal, once the home of a young Louis XIV, with tranquil enclosed gardens filled with wonderful shops and the sound of children's laughter.

For a more spiritual getaway while in the 1st, head to the magnificent splendor of the Notre Dame cathedral, located on the Ile de la Cite.  The nearby Sainte Chapelle is also closely, with its famous stained glass windows, colorful tiles and magnificent light.
For a somewhat darker trip, visit the Conciergerie. This medieval fortress was where Marie Antoinette was kept imprisoned, and is a wonderful example of royal architecture during the Middle Ages.
There are various museums to see in the first beyond the Louvre, from l'Orangerie, which holds a private collection of Cezannes, Matisses, Renoirs, Picassos, and others. Fir children, the Musée en Herbe is a "must-see" educational museum that has interactive games for children which help them build a familiarity with many of the world's greatest works of art. And the Museum of Decorative Arts, located just around the corner from the Louvre's main entrance, covers 800 years of Gallic decorating ideas. Located on the rue de Rivoli, you'll enjoy just walking there, seeing the crepe stands and people walking, soaking up the history.
The first is also adjacent to the rest of central Paris, putting you in mere steps of the Seine, the Latin Quarter, the Saint Germain, and areas that will take your breath away over the course of even a small stroll.
For food shopping, take a small trip from your short term apartment rentals Paris to the Rue Montorgueil or choose an apartment rental in Les Halles, Paris. This area north and west of Les Halles is mostly car-free, and there are a couple of well-known bakeries, as well as a fish market, an organic food store, and much more.

For a bit of historic relaxation at the end of the day, look no further than Bar Hemingway on the Place Vendôme. Ernest used to come here at least once per week, even before the days of his literary fame. Today the bar is still regarded as one of the best bars to be found anywhere, creating elaborate cocktail works of art, with lively and literary conversation often buzzing around the room.
apartments rentals in Paris located in or near the Les Halles area puts you within easy reach of a world of delightful sights and sounds. Not to mention many of Paris' most famous things to see and do. But feel free to explore this part of Paris and make it your own. After all, it's some of the small treasures you'll discover here that will make your stay in Paris truly memorable.