Traveling in France – Resources

Our Recommendations

There are many services for finding apartments or other rentals in France. The ones we list here are unique because our Alliance members have direct experience with these services, properties and/or the service providers themselves. Often the providers are Alliance members themselves, and in some cases, offer discounts for their fellow members.

In Paris

Paris Central, based in Portland, Oregon and Paris, France, was launched in 2012 by a group of seasoned world travel professionals. The founders have a unique passion for Paris and a desire to help others enjoy the most beautiful and enchanting city in the world. Today, Paris Central offers all sorts of services and assistance that can make your time in France so much more interesting. Take a look at their website and discover the tailor made activities. They can book an apartment or a hotel for you, and organize guided tours in and outside Paris. For more info e-mail or visit the site directly and remember that Alliance referrals qualify for 10% off when booking through Susanne Millien (

Chez Cécile – Chambre d’hôtes – 77 rue de Vaugirard – 75006 – Paris: Friends of the Alliance, Olivier and Cécile Fainsilber, have two deluxe, fully equipped studio apartments in an upscale and central Paris neighborhood (6th) near Montparnasse, just around the corner from the Alliance’s Paris headquarters that are on Boulevard Raspail. Photo is at right; rent for 2 days or 2 weeks; Alliance de Portland members get 10% off the published pricing. Visit Cécile’s Facebook page or click HERE.

Chez THEURIER – BEARD - 80 Rue La Condamine – 75017 – Paris: Alliance Française members, Pascale and Terry Beard, have a clean, fully equipped one bedroom apartment (pictured at left) located in the heart of Batignolles, a local trendy Parisian neighborhood near métro: Rome in the 17th arrondissement. The apartment is a few minutes by Métro to Opéra, Montmartre and Champs Elysees, and away from the mainstream tourist areas but close enough to enjoy the tourist area conveniently. Rent for a week-end or more; Alliance Française members receive a 10% discount off the published price. Click HERE for the online photo gallery; photos are also available on Facebook. For availability and pricing, email Terry or call him at 503.349.1245.

In Provence: Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Venasque

Alliance de Portland member Michele Bowler-Failing has operated Your Own French Home for many years and offers two stunning properties for rent in Provence. One is in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the other is in Venasque, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. For complete info, click HERE. Alliance members are entitled to 10% off the listed prices and enjoy the unique benefit of meeting with the properties’ representatives here in Portland for an informative discussion on their planned stays at these properties.

On the Riviera

Alliance de Portland member Diana Shenk owns a condo on the Côte d’Azur, in Antibes – near Nice and Cannes on the Riviera. Located near the beach Plage Salis, the spacious condo is a 15 minute walk along the water to the center of town (pictured here), has two balconies and access to a pool; sleeps up to 4 with one bedroom and sleeper/sofa. Alliance members get 5% off the published pricing. For complete info, click HERE. To reserve, email Diana.

In the Languedoc Area

Alliance de Portland member Clara Steiner-Jay offers fellow members a 10% discount on bookings of her Languedoc home with large pool and walled garden in a winegrowing village just a 30-minute drive from Mediterranean beaches. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a spacious kitchen and living room. Towns/historic sites to visit nearby: Carcassonne, Narbonne, Canal du Midi, Perpignan, Châteaux cathares, Lagrasse, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Céret, Collioure, Tautavel. Closest airports: Toulouse and Barcelona; closest train stations: Narbonne or Perpignan. Click HERE for the online listing of this property or email the owner for more info.

In Both Paris and in Nice

For apartment rentals as well as property purchases in both Nice and in Paris, we also recommend the Adrian Leeds Group. Click HERE for access to Adrian’s pages on both cities. Adrian has presented at the Alliance in Portland, and some of the apartments she lists are owned by local members.

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