LOCATIONOur apartment in Paris is located on quiet rue de Beaune (No.1 on map at right) near rue du Bac, between rue de l'Université and Quai Voltaire (No.2). It is in the heart of the Paris Left Bank area in chic Faubourg St Germain, at the junction of the cultural 6th and fashionable 7th arrondissements.
Situated near the Orsay Museum (No.3), it is directly across the Seine river from the Tuileries Gardens (No.4) and the Louvre Museum (No.6). It is within easy walking distance of Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter.
This area is renowned for its fancy stores and many restaurants and cafes, including Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore (No.7) in St-Germain-des-Près (No.8), which were made famous by French existentialist writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, and American expatriates Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.
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COMMUNICATIONSThe apartment is equipped with a Livebox from Orange/France Telecom for:
- unlimited DSL internet access,
- wifi throughout the apartment
- unlimited phone calls to the U.S. and many other countries (except cell phones in Europe),
- television programs in French and English such as CNN, CNBC and ESPN.
Le quartier / Area Map
Rue de Beaune
L'immeuble / The Building
La cour / Inner Courtyard
A bright, airy and large (for Paris!) 73 m2 (about 800 sqft) 2-bedroom apartment located on a 3rd floor with elevator. Built in 1840 around a typical Parisian inner courtyard, the building is in an architectural protection area.
Windows open on both sides, street and courtyard, allowing a nice breeze in the summer.
The living-room features a white marble fireplace and an ornate gilded mirror. It is furnished with two sofas, a coffee table, a dining table, a writing desk and a combination TV/VCR.
There are two bedrooms: a master bedroom with an armoire and guest closet and a second bedroom, also with an armoire and a marble-top chest of drawers. Each bedroom features a queen size bed.
The newly remodeled kitchen includes a large refrigerator, oven, microwave oven and a diswasher. The modern bathroom has a thermostatic control shower and a combination washer-dryer.
The ceiling in the living room and two bedrooms is decorated with attractive crown moldings. All pieces of furniture are in traditional French styles.
Le salon / Living Room
La chambre / Master Bedroom
La chambre d'amis / Guest Room
IN THE HEART OF PARIS
En face / Across the Street
Vers le Louvre / Toward the Louvre
Seine et Louvre
Seine River and Louvre Museum
Les Bouquinistes / The Famous Bookstalls
View from Pont du Caroussel
Toward Notre Dame
Le Saxo / The Saxo Player
Place de la Concorde
Musee d'Orsay / Orsay Museum
TRANSPORTATIONThere is a choice of two metro stations near the apartment, Rue du Bac and St-Germain-des-Près (marked M on the map) (see metro map).
Buses are a convenient way to explore the City. They can be faster than the metro and they offer beautiful views of the city. One block from the apartment, on rue du Bac, bus Number 68 goes directly to the Place de l'Opéra and the fancy Printemps and Galeries Lafayette department stores. Bus Number 69 goes to the Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame and the new Opéra-Bastille in one direction and to the Eiffel Tower in the other direction.
A weekly pass called Carte Orange sells for FF82 (about $12). It allows unlimited use of all the buses and metro lines inside Paris.
The RER Line C train (No.3) across from the Orsay Museum takes you directly to the Château de Versailles.
Don't miss the Bateaux-Mouche (No.5) at the Pont-Neuf for a romantic ride on the Seine river.
Rent a car or take a tour bus for a day trip to visit the beautiful house, gardens and water lily pond of impressionist painter Claude Monet at Giverny.
GUEST COMMENTSWe really enjoyed our time in Paris. The location of the apartment was perfect, we found some great little restaurants close by and loved being so close to the Seine for walks every evening.
Glenda and KentThe apartment and our visit have been perfect.
June and Glenn
July 2004April in Paris chez vous was absolutely fabulous. I really enjoyed being there.
April 2002We had such a good time in your apartment in Paris. Jim and I had never been to Europe and your apartment was the perfect place to start. We walked almost everywhere and truly enjoyed the sights. Your neighborhood is wonderful. Everyone was friendly and patient with us.
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The Rue du Bac is widely regarded as one of Paris's best addresses. Running south from the Seine river, it passes through the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, the most sought after and expensive "quartier" in Paris, and extends all the way down to Montparnasse.The Saint Germain des Pres area
Our apartment on the Rue du Bac is between the Seine and the Boulevard Saint Germain. Within easy walking distance are the Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, the Musee Rodin, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Hotel Matignon (official residence of the French Prime Minister). For those who are more interested in shopping than sightseeing, the immediate area is also full of famous designer shops (Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton...), as well as lesser known but equally chic Parisian boutiques. And because Saint Germain des Pres is home to so many of the city's most fashionable people, the streets themselves provide a glimpse of elegant Parisien style.For Gourmets...
Within a ten-minute walk of the apartment are two major attractions for food lovers: La Grande Epicerie de Paris, and the Organic Market. Gourmet magazine (March, 2001) referred to La Grande Epicerie as "The ultimate grocery store...the first place we stop when we arrive in town". The same issue of Gourmet describes the Organic Market (an open-air street market held every Sunday morning on Boulevard Raspail) as "by far the best-known and trendiest of Paris's outdoor markets".Practical Matters
As for more practical concerns, a two-minute walk from our front door takes you to the intersection of Boulevard Saint Germain and Boulevard Raspail. Here, there are bus-stops (leading to virtually everywhere in Paris), a taxi stand, and a Metro station (Rue du Bac). There are several banks, a post office, numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as a variety of other useful shops. These include bakeries, a butcher shop, a fish market, an excellent "traiteur" (selling superb take-away food), and a grocery shop open 24 hours a day.
If you plan to have a car with you during your stay in Paris, there is a public underground parking garage beneath the Rue du Bac. If you would like to rent a car for a day or two, there is a Renault Dealership nearby. They offer a complete range of vehicles to rent, from tiny compacts to minivans.
Whether you are visiting Paris for the culture, for the shops, or for the food (or all three!), our apartment on the Rue du Bac is the perfect place for beginning and ending each day's adventures.Aller à Pied! Places Within Walking Distance...
Museums The Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, the Rodin, the Delacroix, the Maillol... Other Popular Sights The Tuileries Gardens, Les Invalides (Napoleon's tomb), Place Saint Germain des Pres, Place de l'Odeon, the Church of St. Sulpice, the Luxembourg Gardens... Famous Cafes Cafe Flore, Cafe Deux Magots, Brasserie Lipp... Shopping Le Bon Marche (Paris equivalent of Saks Fifth Avenue), the Grand Epicerie, the "Quartier des Antiquitaires" (lots of antique stores), numerous fashion boutiques and food and wine shops. Transportation Metro (subway) stations: "Rue du Bac" and "Saint Germain des Pres"; Bus station : "Bac/Saint Germain" (lines 63, 68, 69, 83, 84, 94) "Bateaux Mouches" and "Batobus" Water taxi tours on the Seine River.
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