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  • Fantastic location, spacious and characterful

    "The location of this apartment is ideal as you are approx 10 minute walk from both the old town and the Jewish quarter. We could park easily right outside the door, just had to collect 32 ZL (approx £6) of coins per day for the parking meter. Sylwia who met us was charming and very helpful and we were given a really useful map with some excellent restaurant recommendations. The apartment is spacious and both bathrooms are modern and bright, however the description 'newly remodeled' could be slightly misleading as the rest of the flat although of a good standard felt slightly dated. Due to the old style of the apartment building it is quite dark inside, but that does mean it keeps really cool in hot weather. We would have given this apartment 5 stars, but during our stay there was building work in 2 locations on the street which meant that what would probably normally be a really quiet location on a no-through road was very noisy during the daytime. However if you are planning to be out and about during the daytime as we were mostly it is not a great problem."
    Guest: Carolyn L. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 30, 2014
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  • Fab hols.

    "Arrived very early but Jeff and Bev were very kind and let us dump our luggage off and had arranged parking permits for our son's car, this in itself is a massive plus for a family staying in London as it is rare to find a property with this benefit. The house was as described ( in my opinion also rare!! ) Our family consisted of 4 adults and 2 grandsons and there was plenty of space for all of us. Wonderfully stocked cupboards and so nice to have the fridge stocked with essentials, especially after a long journey. Literature on the sights, local supermarket and buses on the doorstop - this was great for me as I don't do tube and my Grandsons thought going on a bus was fantastic fun. Location great and nothing was to much trouble, Bev and Jeff even supplied mobile phones to contact them in the event of emergencies which must be amazing for overseas visitors. So many extras at the house - dressing gowns, slippers, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, nice towels and hairdryers, x box and good selection of books and games, better than most Hotels we have stayed in when visiting London. If you are looking to visit London with your family this is ideal, very reasonably priced and you can get the kids to bed after a long day and relax - Jeff and Bev even brought us a bottle of wine because the outside light wasn't working - what more could you ask for - perfect holiday and hosts. Thank you very much from all of us."
    Guest: Rose Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 12, 2014
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  • Will be using again and telling my friends about this gem!

    "This was my first trip to Paris for my bday with my 3 cousins. Carole was really easy to work with. She made my first experience in booking an apartment very easy. She was always prompt in answering questions and sending reminders. I appreciated the driver she arranged for us at the train station. The apartment is exactly how she described it (do remember, apt size is European, but it fit 4 adults comfortable) It was clean, modern and how my cousin described it, "I feel very Parisian". The cafes around the corner are very good. Metro stations are a quick 15 minute walk. The first night we arrived we wanted to find the Effiel Tower, we stepped outside and grabbed our maps, but all we had to do was look up :). She also left a manual for the entire apartment with contact information for emergency situations, markets, restaurants, tourist spots, and extra Metro maps. Such a big help! The welcoming bottle of wine was nice added touch. We did have a problem with the washer/dryer and my clothes got stuck, but that didn't ruin our trip! Instead Carole was apologetic and was able to retrieve my clothing. they fixed the problem right away. Great apartment for your first trip to Paris. Very safe. I will definitely be back and use this apartment again! Thank you!"
    Guest: DG Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 2014
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  • Would rent this place again and again.

    "This was the first time I'd rented rather than stay in a hotel in Montparnasse. I will be renting from now on. The little apartment has everything one needs for a short or extended stay. It is in a quiet area (for Paris) and near many places to eat or buy food. Very convenient to the Gare Montparnasse as well as the Metro and busses. Easy walk up one floor. The apartment feels more spacious than the photos. We have stayed in Hotel Aiglon (4stars) previous and this is my choice from now on."
    Guest: Bernie D. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 16, 2014
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Europe Travel Tips

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the U.S. and bonjour, ciao or hola to Europe, here are some country highlights and other tips to get you started on planning your perfect European getaway:

European Travel Tips

There’s a lot to keep in mind when traveling across the pond, especially to a country where you don’t speak the language. Though Europe is a collection of diverse countries, there are some general things to know about this Old World continent that will help you plan and enjoy your trip.

- Learn a few polite key words, standard greetings and salutations in each country that you visit, including: good morning, how are you, I’m fine, thank you and please. Another helpful phrase that needs no explanation is: “Where is the bathroom?”

- In the majority of European locales, waiters and other restaurant workers are paid full salaries and don’t depend on tips as wait staff do in the U.S. It’s standard to leave just a few Euro (unless you have a very large group) as a tip for each meal.

- Before leaving for your trip, make sure your passport is up-to-date, as well as your license if you plan to rent a car. Check in with your bank to let them know you’ll be vacationing in Europe so they are aware and don’t freeze your account. Ask about their credit and debit card policies for ATM use abroad.

- Pack lightly, if you can! Many charming old buildings in Europe don’t have elevators, so it won’t be fun to carry a very heavy bag up several flights of stairs. Also, if you forget some essentials, you should be able to find what you need abroad.

-Purchase converters and adapters so you can charge your phone, dry your hair and plug in your laptop without ruining your devices or blowing out the power.

Italy

Italy is one of the top spots for Americans on their European travels due to its seductive culture, scenic landscapes, ancient history and rich cuisine. Some of the best things to do in Italy are to wander down narrow, ancient streets and duck into various opulent and ancient churches. Indulge in the Italian tradition of a four-hour meal in a fancy restaurant, relishing in “il dolce di fare niente” - the beauty of doing nothing. Here are some of the must-see cities and sights on your Italian vacation:

Rome

Your Roman holiday will be filled with architectural gems known the world over. Take a tour of the Colosseum, spend a few hours traversing the ruins and stare up at remarkably well-preserved temples in the Roman Forum. Walk down an unassuming, narrow alley until you emerge in a wide-open piazza and are graced by the magnificence of the Pantheon. Other must-visits are the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the fountains of Piazza Navona and the Borghese Gardens. Grab gelato at tiny Old Bridge and massive La Palma - two of the best gelaterias in the city.

Tuscany

The Tuscan countryside is romantically written about by authors around the world, and when you pay a visit to Siena, Florence or the smaller surrounding cities, you’ll know why. Stay at a bed and breakfast in the rolling, sunflower-laden countryside outside Siena, and make sure to spend some time in the city center as well - Piazza del Campo (the town square) and the Siena Cathedral are particularly breathtaking. In Florence, the center of the European Renaissance, make an appointment ahead of time for the renowned Uffizi Gallery, shop for gold jewelry on Ponte Vecchio, climb the steep steps inside the Florence Duomo for thrilling views and don’t miss seeing Michelangelo’s famous “David” at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

United Kingdom

The U.K. is a good place to visit for your first trip to Europe because there’s no need to learn a new language. You might want to learn a few British slang words though: A restroom is “the loo,” a stroller is a “pram” and “knockered” means completely exhausted. Here are some tips and top spots for U.K. holidays:

London, England

London is a massive, cosmopolitan city brimming with culture, history and fun. While you are here, take a ride on the London Eye, tour Her Majesty’s Buckingham Palace, learn about the sordid and magnificent history of the Tower of London and make an appointment ahead of time to climb the 334 steps up Big Ben’s belfry for excellent views of Westminster. Also, take advantage of London’s fabulous museums such as the Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, an architectural gem that holds the Rosetta Stone and other famous antiquities - they’re all free to visit! Your trip will not be complete without a shopping trip at Harrod’s and a stroll through part of the 350-acre Hyde Park.

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is known for its emerald countryside and scenic cliffs overlooking the sea. While in Dublin, one of the top things to do is visit the ancient Dublin and Malahide castles. Walk through the historic, gothic-style St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, have a picnic in Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green and go shopping on quaint Grafton Street. Other must-visits are the Trinity College Library, the Kilmainham Gaol panopticon prison and the National Museum Ireland. Take a tour and raise a glass at the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery.

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