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  • A calm, clean, sunny apartment in a bustling, fun Parisian neighborhood

    "The apartment is in a quiet, well-maintained elevator building. It's nicely laid out, with a separate kitchen, and it's extremely clean. Its large windows--in both the living/dining room and kitchen--overlook the rooftops of the neighborhood and make the apartment (which is well proportioned to begin with) feel even more spacious. Conveniences include a cooktop, oven, microwave, Wi-Fi, and washer-dryer, plus a shower with better water pressure than the one we have at home. In the immediate vicinity of the apartment, there are a number of good restaurants, including several (e.g., Septime, Le 6 Paul Bert, and the Bistrot Paul Bert) that the New York Times has recently talked up. If you want to do your own cooking, as we did, you can shop for bread and pastries, cheese, produce, and meat, all within a half-block radius. The subway is just around the corner and the #76 bus (which goes through the Marais to the Louvre) just across the avenue; you can be virtually anywhere you want in central Paris within 20 minutes. A branch of Monoprix, the French superstore that's like an upscale Target (groceries, clothing, beauty products, books, etc.), is a ten-minute walk away. We would stay here again in a flash."
    Guest: Philip Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 18, 2014
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  • A Wonderful Week in February

    "Our stay was in early February and could not have been more wonderful. The apartment was as advertised and even better. The apartment was cozy and warm, the location truly is the best in Paris and Claude, and Lucile could not have been better hosts. I have already recommended this apartment to several friends who also love Paris. We hope to stay again in the future."
    Guest: David H. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 4, 2014
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  • "A Room With A View"

    "A charming apartment in a lovely neighborhood with a view that looks like a postcard. Just a few blocks away from a cheese shop, wine shop and several bakeries. Marc, the concierge was just great. I want to go back to my home away from home tres bientot! Launne Drette, California"
    Guest: Chris R. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 19, 2014
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  • Semaine tres agreable

    "La maison est très agreable tres au calme beaucoup d'espace à l'extérieur, l'intérieur était parfait aussi pour nous 3. La maison est très bien équipée, cuisine américaine, douche à l'italienne, literie de très bonne qualité. La maison est très bien entretenue. Nous avons eu un accueil très chaleureux de la part de Barbara qui a été très disponible pour nous aider dans notre installation. Endroit idéal pour savourer cette magnifique Corse du Sud."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 12, 2014
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Poitou-Charentes Travel Tips

Poitou-Charentes Vacation Rentals on the Sunny Atlantic Coast of France

Poitou-Charentes is located on the Atlantic coast of France, between the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions. It benefits from an oceanic climate and is one of the sunniest areas along the coast, with moderate summers and warm winters. It has over 300 miles of coastline, with excellent beaches and wonderful ocean villages and towns. Inland, it is region of woodlands, valleys, canals, and famous vineyards. The region is divided into four areas, referred to as departments -- Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sevrés and Vienne. The regional capital is Poitiers.

Poitou-Charentes accommodations include a selection of hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and vacation rental properties. Many visitors here choose rental properties for the wide choice of homes available, the benefit of more space than in hotels, and facilities such as a private pool. Renting a home provides visitors with the opportunity to experience French living, in towns or villages across the region.

Poitou-Charentes Accommodations Are Surrounded by History

Charente-Maritime is the most popular coastal vacation area. One of the most famous towns for Poitou-Charentes vacation rentals is La Rochelle. This historic coastal town dates from the 17th century and is one of the charming port towns in France, with a wealth of attractions for visitors. The old town area, around the harbor, is of particular interest, with fascinating architecture and monuments. The town is known for its fish restaurants and the harbor area is a nice place to stroll in the evening. Along with wonderful shopping, there are an excellent natural history museum, aquarium, and a small beach. For those who enjoy bicycling, there are numerous paths and areas for biking. From La Rochelle, visitors can take a variety of boat trips to many places, including several islands, such as Ile de Ré, a wonderful village with great beaches and a unique atmosphere or Ile d’Oleron with excellent beaches and a beautiful chateau to explore. Also nearby is Ile d’Aix, famed for its prison, dating from the French Revolution, and a house built by Napoleon which is now a museum.

In the area of Charente is the town of Cognac, whose major product is the popular liqueur of the same name. Visitors here should not miss the opportunity to buy a bottle or two! Visitors to the area will also enjoy the village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. A carefully renovated village, it is known for its white stone houses and a spectacular 5th-century church, hewn from the rock. The town is set on a steep hill, overlooking the Dronne River.

The regional capital, Poitiers, located in the Vienne department, is an interesting town with spacious boulevards and a maze of streets with charming shops and cafes. The abbey at Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is a world heritage site and a famous attraction of the area. Chauvigny is a medieval market town with three castles. Close to this town is Angles-sur-l’Anglin, known as one of the most beautiful villages in France. For families, a must-see is the local theme park, Futuroscope. Children will enjoy the rides, giant movie screens, and dancing robots.

The fourth area is Deux-Sevres. Much of this area is ideally explored by boat, for its canals and marshland. Here, visitors may enjoy the Melle, a lively town with three 11th- and 12th-century churches.

Regional Specialties of Poitou-Charentes

France is a delightful country for food lovers, and each region has its own specialties. Due to the coastal location of Poitou-Charentes villas, the regional specialties are mainly seafood, such mussels in white wine or cream and a delicious fish soup. Other dishes such as Poitou lamb and Chabichou are both common on many restaurant menus. Naturally, cognac is a local beverage as well as good local wine.

Poitou-Charentes Villas for Fabulous Local Souvenirs

Both La Rochelle and Poitiers are great shopping opportunities. Visitors looking for local souvenirs may want to consider the region’s most famous export, Cognac, or the local wine, pineau des Charentes. Another regional specialty is the wonderful cheese, such as brebis d'Oléron, bûche du Poitou Chabichou du Poitou, Chabis, Chavroux, chèvre du Poitou and faisselle.

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