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St. Germain-des-Prés Awaits Your Visit

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement is home to many of Paris' most quintessential scenes. With a plethora of accommodation options, the area is a good choice for visitors, with easy proximity by foot or public transportation to many of the Paris' most desirable sites. The neighborhood runs along the left bank of the Seine with the Jardin du Luxembourg to its south, the Latin Quarter to the east and eventually, the Eiffel Tower to its west.

Reach Saint-Germain-des-Pres from the St-Germain-des-Prés metro stop or the Sèvres-Babylone stop. St. Germain's main artery is the Boulevard St. Germain which transverses the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements. This famous boulevard is lined with shops of all kinds, stately Haussmannian architecture, legendary cafés and great restaurants. Off to one side of the boulevard is Cour du Commerce Saint-André, a pedestrian, cobblestoned shopping street built in 1735. Jean-Paul Marat, a radical political activist during the French revolation, lived on this street, as have many other celebrities throughout history.

The area has a colorful history as a hub for free-thinkers, artists, avant-garde theatre, jazz and the Paris cafe culture. Today you can still visit some of the cafes (Les Deux Magots, Cafe de Flore, Cafe Bonaparte and the oldest cafe in Paris – Cafe Le Procope 1668) where philosophical greats like Sartre, Jean-Luc Godard and Boris Vian sipped their brew and where Beckett and Picasso hung out. Even earlier than this the artist Manet and writer Balzac frequented the cafes and bars of Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

The leafy neighborhood has tree lined avenues, quiet hidden squares like the Place de Furstemburg and a labyrinth of narrow streets which are wonderful to explore on foot. Although St. Germain is no longer an intellectual hub it still retains the charm of a typical Parisian neighborhood. The trend setters frequent the many haut couture boutiques and the students from the nearby university huddle over coffee in the cafes. You'll find many book stores with heavily burdened shelves, snazzy art galleries, chic exclusive hotels, hidden churches and a large number of top quality museums.  

At its heart is the remaining church from the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, this is the oldest Romanesque church in the city dating back to 1163. The Gothic interior is not to be missed and in the chapel to one side is the tomb of Descartes. On certain holidays you can enjoy classical concerts performed by candle light in the church. Another of the areas beautiful churches is St. Sulpice, known for being home to a rare 100 stop organ. This is also the church where the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire were baptized.

Art is an integral part of St. Germain, down Rue Bonaparte you'll find Ecole des Beaux Arts, a historic art school attended by greats like Monet, Renoir and Degas. On Rue de Seine you'll be spoilt for choice of small exclusive art galleries. For more affordable art browse through the works displayed by artists along the river. For small intimate restaurants and cafes take a walk up Rue Buci, Rue St. Andre des Arts or Rue Bonaparte.

One of the many museums in the area is at 6 Rue de Furstenburg and is dedicated to the work of Delacroix who painted the Liberty Leading the People which now hangs in the Louvre.

Shopping in St. Germain is not limited to fancy boutiques you can also enjoy the village atmosphere at the Marche Saint-Germain, once a small market and now home to clothing stores, specialty food stores and restaurants.
Among St. Germain's interesting book stores is the Village Voice Bookshop on Rue Princesse where you can get both French and English language books and La Hune which stays open until midnight. Hemingway buffs can visit the Hotel Jacob where the great writer lived for a while or La Palette where he ate. Down Rue du Dragon you can see 17th century buildings one of which was home to a young Victor Hugo. You can take a walking tour of Saint-Germain-des-Pres or a tour which focuses on cuisine and wine.
 
For the ultimate in St.Germain experience while visiting Paris, consider the option to stay in a vacation rental property from France Homestyle.  Words from visitors used to describe the accomodations in St. Germain available from Claudette and her staff include: "A beautiful apartment with a spectacular view", "The location was perfect", "This apartment was extraordinary!" and "I just wanted to say WOW on the St. Germain Tri-level apartment!"
 
Located in one of the oldest and most desirable neighborhoods in Paris, Grenelle is a charming apartment in an 18th century building that strikes the perfect balance between old world charm with modern comforts and amenities. Whether you seek the romantic getaway or an apartment with plenty of room to accomodate a family, France Homestyle can find your perfect match.  St. Germain des Pres is a 6th Arrondissement Left Bank three bedroom apartment that is well appointed and just off Blvd. St Germain.  Even more unique is the St. Germain Tri-Level located on three floors connected by a wooden spiral staircase.  The upper level is a master suite complete with its own bathroom and a wall of windows with sweeping views of surrounding Paris.  Similarly the Saint Germain Townhouse is a vacation rental apartment with multiple levels, a spiral staircase, and three bedrooms.  Modern conveniences are close at hand with each apartment complete with high speed internet and cable TV.