Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Paris home from home

As I mentioned in my last post the reason we selected Le Marais for one of our Paris Audio Guides is that it’s a wonderfully eccentric and eclectic area of Paris.

If you are thinking of heading to Paris for a little light shopping we recommend you look at the site of our good friends at http://www.parismarais.com/.

It’s a great site with lots of information including a wide range of apartments for rent for days or weeks. What better way to visit this great area than to live like a local behind your own front door, so much better than a hotel.

If you are not planning to head out for a while it’s well worth signing up for their monthly newsletter here to keep you up to date.

Sound Advice – added treasures to enhance your walking pleasure courtesy of: http://www.citiesinsound.com/

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Where is everyone going?

I like to keep an eye on what people who are planning to travel think of the cities in which Cities in Sound have Audio Guides.
I was recently looking at the top cities being watched by the subscribers of Trip Advisor which today has 20 Million subscribers.

I see that Three of the Cities in Sounds locations are in the top 10 locations being watched by subscribers including:
· Paris at 3
· London at 6
· Rome at 7
Then I started to dig a little deeper on Paris, Le Marais comes up as the 18th most popular attraction/area which considering the competition in Paris is pretty amazing.

The comments by people who have been there include: “Finally, the real Paris”, others described it as a “charming, perfect location”.
What better way to get under the skin of this wonderful area than to tune in to the Cities in Sound Le Marais Audio Guide.

Our friends in Le Marais have a great web site which complements the walk perfectly. Don’t forget to check it out when you plan your visit: Le Marais – The Art of Living Guide

Sound Advice – added treasures to enhance your walking pleasure courtesy of: http://www.citiesinsound.com/

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Saved ! House by the Thames

Cities in Sound’s ever popular Bankside Audio Guide ends between the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. As you gaze across at the spectacular Millennium Bridge, look back towards the Globe and you will see three small houses which look very isolated and incongruous.

These day’s old houses survive because they have preservation orders slapped on them by the authorities. Many years ago houses that we would love to see today were torn down in the name of progress.

In her book “The House by the Thames” Gillian Tindall tells the story of one of these three houses, 49 Bankside which was built in 1710.

It survived, escaping demolition thanks to a past residents who put up a plaque claiming that Wren lived here while building St Paul’s. This held off the developers, but now this claim is proven to be false.
Today we can just delight in seeing a bit of old London standing proud and tall on the South Bank of the Thames gazing across at a City skyline which has changed so much in it’s life time.