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Published on Mar 16, 2012
Hello and welcome for another video tour of a fantastic Paris neighborhood by New York Habitat ( http://www.nyhabitat.com ).
In this video we are going to have a look at the area around La Bastille, which is located in the southeast of Paris, just beside the Marais. With its real Parisian feel, the Bastille has all kinds of unique hidden treasures.
This will be the first of a three-part series on this fantastic neighborhood.
The Place de la Bastille is the area where The Bastille, a formidable fortress on the eastern gate of Paris, was built in the 1300s.
After the revolution, the prison was dismantled and many of its study blocks went to the building of the Concorde Bridge. While the prison no longer exists, La Place de la Bastille is much a part of Parisian life. It's quite the busy traffic circle, so be careful crossing it!
The French Revolutionaries had one thing in mind: to do things differently. In that spirit, you should skip the hotel for your next trip to Paris. Booking a vacation rental in Paris will put you in touch with the real Paris, giving you an authentic experience you wouldn't get otherwise.
Take a look at this fully furnished 1-bedroom loft apartment in Bastille (http://www.nyhabitat.com/paris-apartm... ) is located in a building that was once part of a monastery. The apartment includes a fully equipped kitchen with the luxury of a dishwasher and also has access to a small private balcony.
With plentiful seating and sleeping areas, this furnished 2-bedroom apartment in Bastille (http://www.nyhabitat.com/paris-apartm...) is perfect for a Paris family getaway. This apartment includes a television with DVD payer, of course a fully equipped kitchen for home cooked meals and a dining table.
This furnished studio apartment in Bastille (http://www.nyhabitat.com/paris-apartm... ) has the aesthetics of exposed wood beams and parquet wood floors. The kitchen includes a stove top with 2 burners, a microwave and a mini-refrigerator and is the perfect place to come and put your feet up after a long Paris day!
On the other side of the Place de la Bastille is the Opera Bastille. Its design, by Carlos Ott, is still controversial; however, its modern acoustics do the operatic performances presented here justice. You can often get last minute tickets if you show up around 6-6:30 pm at the ticket office, which is found on the right of the main entrance.
If you love contemporary art and antiques, make sure you check out the massive bi-annual Joel Garcia Antique and Contemporary Art Fair held at Place de la Bastille and on both sides of the place de l'Arsenal.
The area east of Place de la Bastille is known as the Faubourg Saint Antoine. All along rue de Faubourg Saint Antoine and rue de Charonne you can find alleyways lined with workshops and catch glimpses of 19th century Paris.
There are two particularly interesting areas off Faubourg Saint Antoine. The first one is Passage du Chantier where you'll find numerous hidden furniture shops.
The other is the quaint Cour de l'Etoile d'Or.
I hope you've enjoyed our tour of the Bastille district. If you want to further explore the City of Lights don't miss out on our videos of other Paris neighborhoods as this about Saint-Germain-des-Près (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AePsn_... ).
If we've missed any of your favorite Bastille Secrets, be sure to share them with us in the comments box below.