First let me say how much I enjoy this site and thank you to all the helpful posts. We have now finished researching Prague and moving along to Paris & Provence. As I've only been to Paris once - what area do people recommend. I have found a number of reasonable studios in Marais? Bastille? Montmartre or Latin Quarter. We like quiet, but central, with lots of boulangeries/markets nearby and as we love to walk, central location is important Near the river would be great too, but must be safe arrs
Also, what would be the best mode of transportation to take to Provence?
Should we rent a car in Paris? or is there a train.
Thank you for any info.
There are a few areas that you could try for central location:
- Around the Pompidou centre: We stayed on a street with a lot of "erotic" places, lol, but the location was great, there were lots of boulangeries and the like and we were 5 minutes walking distance from the Louvre and Notre Dame. The hotel we stayed at was the Hotel de la Vallée - the rooms were very small though, but it wasn't too bad. It can get a little ghetto at night, so don't walk alone.
- Montmartre is great for atmosphere, but it is out of the way from most of the sights. It has everything you want except for location. If yuo get a metro card though, you'll be able to get to and from the major attractions with ease.
- Around rue Moufftard or the Jardin Luxembourg: both areas are in the Latin Quarter and have lots of cheap eats around. Around rue Moufftard we found many cute shops, epecieries and boulangeries.
To be honest, you'll find lots of markets and shops all over Paris. If you need info on the city at all, what to do, where to go, feel free to ask! (I'm the self-professed Paris nut on here!)
As for transport, just try and find out what is cost affective. There are trains going to Provence for sure...but if you are a group of 5 people, it might be cheaper to just rent a car to go down. A road trip in France must be amazing
I stayed in Marais when i was there last, and it is a great place to stay. In walking distance of Louvre, Seigne, Notre Dame and very close to a lot of shops and markets.
There is a TGV (high speed train: 300 km/h)connection from Paris to Marseille (with a stop in Avignon in the heart of the Provence). You can also take a Eurolines bus (cheaper but slower option). If you are more the adventerous type you should hitch hike. Its all highway to the provence, eventually you can offer to pay the peage (toll).