Our apartment is located just off the lovely Rue du Commerce, a bustling shopping street which becomes Avenue de la Motte Piquet. La Motte Piquet is the famous avenue that leads to the Champs de Mars where you find the Eiffel Tower to the left and the beautiful les Invalides to the right; two of the most famous monuments in all of Paris. Both Rue du Commerce and Avenue de la Motte Piquet have a myriad of artist shops, excellent restaurants, beautiful buildings and even a couple of embassies.
All around our neighborhood you can shop for food and virtually everything you might need for your stay at our apartment. There are grocers, bakeries, butchers, cheese shops, coffee and tea shops, and, of course, “chocolatiers”. Local farmers’ markets are open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, where you can find fresh fruits, flowers, vegetables, cheeses, meats, and virtually everything you could possibly imagine. Each Wednesday and Sunday, you can shop to your heart’s content starting at the base of the steps of the metro Dupleix and continuing up to the metro La Motte Picquet stop. Just follow the street Rue du Commerce up to the metro and walk to either your left or right. Venture into the market to soak up the smells of local fare, and take in the colors of the neighborhood culture. Treat yourself to some of the freshest fish around for lunch that day. Or, if you are looking for something in particular during the week, you can visit the local market on Rue St. Charles on Tuesdays and Friday mornings.
Our apartment is a mere 10 minute walk from the Seine. Stroll along the water. When you get to the Eiffel tower, check out one of the numerous riverboat cruises that take you along the shores of the Seine. Also, explore some of the incredible parks that are found in the 15th. In the South, you will find the lovely Park Montsouris (take the bus 88 to the end of the line, and bask in the sun on its plush lawn, or enjoy a picnic in the Park Andre Citroen, located to the West (take the bus 88 to the stop Andre Citroen), or take in the puppet show and peruse book stands located inside the Park George Brassens. All are located in the 15th and are stunning parks.
Local green spaces known as “squares” or “places” are everywhere in Paris. The closest ones to the apartment are the “Place du Commerce” located just at the exit from the metro Commerce, the Square Violet (with an entrance next to the fire station on Rue des Entrepreneurs), the “Place Etienne Pernet” located behind the church Saint Jean-Baptiste de Grenelle at the base of Rue du Commerce, and lastly the beautiful art deco style Square Saint Lambert, near the Mairie of the 15th. Each of these spots can be a good resting point to relax and study the map for a moment while you plan your next adventure in the city.
If you don’t wish to spend a fortune for a taxi, or you’d rather not be stuck in a train or metro for the entire length to and from your Charles de Gaulle airport terminal, try the Air France bus that takes you direct from Charles de Gaulle airport to the Champs Elysees. From there, you can stroll down the Champs Elysee and take the bus 42 to the stop Charles Michels. Then walk down Rue des Entrepreneurs to our apartment.
If you prefer, take the Roissybus (also direct) from the airport to the metro stop Opera. Then take the line 8 metro to our closest metro stop – Commerce or take the bus 42 to the Charles Michel stop. Both options are very inexpensive, and would allow you to see some of the architecture of Paris without having to spend a lot to do so. It will allow you to get an initial sense of the city and the opportunity to relax and take it easy.
If you are up for it, walk up to the Eiffel Tower and then take a local bus around town to see the sites. It will cost you much less than taking “Le Open Tour”. A benefit is that you can stop when you see a shop you really want to go into and explore. Or spend the day just walking this beautiful city. Make sure to stop and re-hydrate often, treating yourself to a coffee, tea, or something stronger while sitting along the sidewalk sipping away in a local café. The Champs Elysee (shopping street), the Louvre (museum where they filmed the movie “Da Vinci Code”), the Latin Quarter (University district), all of these places are interesting and accessible by local bus using a regular bus/metro ticket. In fact, a recent transportation modification allows you to use your bus ticket and transfer to another bus so long as it is re-used within a 2 hour time period. Another option is to try the new Paris Velib program. This program allows you to rent a bike (free for the first 30 minutes) and ride it around Paris. See http://www.en.velib.paris.fr for more information as well as a map of all the locations where you can rent a Velib bicycle. With taxis, buses, trains, metros, bateau (boats), bicycles and the old standby of Paris on foot you’ll find it incredibly fast and easy to get just about anywhere.
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We hope you truly enjoy your stay in Paris, have a wonderful time!!!