Celebrating in New Year in Paris

Paris, the City of Light, offers countless options to usher in the New year. One of the most colourful and exciting places to bring in the New year, Paris is the ideal location to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Celebrate the New year in style, with a stay at one of thesqua.re’s luxury serviced apartments.

New Year Tradition in Paris

New Year Tradition in Paris

In Paris, as with the rest of France, the New Year also goes by the name St Sylvestre and begins on the 1st January and ends on February 1st. Consistent with tradition across the globe, French people start exchanging bises at midnight, with the theme continuing throughout January. So don’t be surprised to hear French people exchanging New Year pleasantries for the entire month of January.  

Where to visit?

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade:

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade

Known as the centre of the party, the Champs Elysees is flooded with revelers from around 21:00. From here, it is possible to get a great view of all the fireworks in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower flickering and sparkling in the lead up to the stroke of midnight. Unsurprisingly, the Champs Elysees is the busiest place in Paris on New Year’s Eve.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe new year night

This year, the head of Paris’ avenues- the Arc de Triomphe- will host a special event that starts at 11:00. Although one can expect fireworks, plans for this year’s show have been shrouded in secrecy, so head down to the Arc de Triomphe for an evening of surprises.

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Located in Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur is a Parisian favourite during the festive period. Slightly calmer than the perpetual buzz of the Champs Elysees, the Sacre Coeur offers stunning views of the city as the sky is illuminated by the effervescent flash of fireworks. At Montmartre, there are countless bars, cabaret shows, and clubs to explore.  If you’re looking for a unconventional way to celebrate New Year’s in Paris, partying in Montmartre may be the ticket.

New Year’s Eve Shows and Cabarets

New Year's Eve Shows and Cabarets

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Moulin Rouge is a popular way of spending the evening, although very pricey. Starting at  680 Euros per person in 2017-2018, the evening includes a champagne dinner, music, dancing and caviar, with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra offers a delightful post-midnight show to cap off the evening’s events. There are less expensive packages available that offer fewer perks.

On the morning after the night before, the New Year’s Day Parade on the Champs Elysees is a shore way to remove any muggy heads from the previous evening.

Top destinations to run a marathon around the world

Are you an adventure seeker, action lover or love to travel? Your dream of running on the picturesque streets of London or Paris can come true if you get to participate in some of the biggest and popular marathons in these cities. You can combine this exciting activity with your travel plans to these famous destinations and get rewarded with some stunning sights! It would be an absolute fun to run in a new city you aren’t too familiar with and explore the places you have never been to.

Consider this list of the best marathon locations before planning your upcoming vacation

Paris, France

What better way to discover the romantic city than enjoying a run through the heart of it? In the month of April, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris takes place in the city and the route is spectacular. The starting point of this marathon is the Arc de Triomphe, from where the runners then stride down the Champs-Elysées and run towards Place de la Concorde. On your way you can enjoy beautiful sights such as Place de la Bastille and Château de Vincennes and the views of stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower. If you love running, visiting Paris should be in your bucket list.

Paris Marathon

Marathon Details:

  • Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris
  • Distance: 42.195KM race
  • 38,575 finishes in 2014
  • Registration: April 6, 2016
  • Date: 2017

New York, US

The largest marathon in the world, New York marathon is held annually. The race courses through all five boroughs of New York City beginning from Staten Island, in Fort Wadsworth to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. After that the run courses through Brooklyn, mostly along Fourth Avenue and Bedford Avenue. During the run, you can also get to explore the beautiful neighbourhoods like Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park and Greenpoint. Due to the high rate of participation the runners are chosen largely by a lottery system or those who can meet the time qualification standards.

new york marathon

Marathon Details

  • TCS New York City Marathon
  • Date: November 6, 2016
  • Distance: 42.195 km
  • Witnessed 50,304 finishers in 2013

London, England

The first London Marathon was held in 1981 with 7,747 runners. There were around 20,000 applicants. Just like the Paris marathon, the race route passes from iconic city sights like Big Ben, the London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, runs along the River Thames and finishes at Buckingham Palace. The marathon is highly popular and overwhelming. So if you’re considering it, get yourself registered early and mark your calendar to sign up for 2017.

London Marathon

Marathon Details:

  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Around 40,000 people run in the London Marathon every year
  • One of the largest marathons in the world
  • Date: April 24, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious races organized in the United States. Participating in this marathon is a lifelong goal even for veteran runners. To take part in this race, you need to qualify from another marathon run from the last year. The marathon begins outside of Boston in rural Hopkinton and cross several New England towns ending on Boylston Street. The marathon locations are scenic and you’ll get to explore the parts of the city that you’d never think to venture into as a tourist.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon Details:

  • Held on Patriots’ Day
  • 36,000 registered participants in 2014
  • 2 miles’ race
  • Date: April 18, 2016

As the best marathon season is just few weeks away, you can consider visiting any of these stunning destinations (also the world’s best marathon locations) to explore them by foot. You can get a golden opportunity to race through stunning scenery in a far-flung locale. New York, Paris, London or Boston, whichever destination you choose, make sure to book your accommodation two weeks prior to your visit to avoid last minute hassle.

Reasons why a trip to the French Capital deserves to be on your bucket list

One of Europe’s most scenic and historical cities, Paris boasts of charming architectural icons, chic boutiques, fine cuisines and marvellous treasures. Truly inspirational, the city has a profound history and a rich cultural scene. Here are some of the reasons why a trip to Paris totally deserves to be on your bucket list. Go on!

World-famous attractions

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is one of the first places to come to your mind when you think of Paris. An excellent sight to behold, the Eiffel Tower was built in the late nineteenth century and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. The incredible piece of architecture deserves to be visited and re-visited.

Eiffel Tower

Louvre Palace

A former royal palace is situated on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris. It is in between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois.

The Louvre is one of the world’s finest art museums and is a complex of buildings erected in the city over a period of four centuries.

Louvre Palace

Besides these, Paris is home to places like Disneyland, The Musee d’Orsay, The Musee de l’Orangerie, Centre Georges Pompidou and Musee Rodin. It is a must-visit city for art enthusiasts.

Shopping Scene

There is no denying the fact that shopping in Paris has been a magnificent affair since the 19th century. Paris today offers a mix of stores, boutiques and markets selling a wide range of items.

Shopping in Paris

All the neighbourhoods (arrondissement) have its unique style. Some global chains and flagship haute couture trendy stores pack the Champs-Elysees.

Latin Quarter is packed with bookshops such as Shakespeare & Company.

Cafes and Restaurants

Paris is home to an extensive range of cafes and French restaurants. You can find hundreds of Italian restaurants, pizzerias and eateries serving food from different parts of the world. There are also several French regional restaurants serving traditional restaurants.

There are some top-class restaurants in Paris and these are mainly concentrated close to the Champs Elysees and in the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissement. You can find numerous Michelin starred restaurants here. If you want to go to relatively affordable places, there are plenty of choices. You can go to the charming streets of Latin Quarter in the 5th and 6th district and also on the Ile St. Louis.

Cafes and Restaurants

To enjoy the oriental cuisine, go to the Paris Chinatown, south from the Place d’Italie in the 13th arrondissement.

There are enough reasons why you should make that trip to Paris. There are all kinds of accommodation in Paris to suit individual needs and preferences. Go ahead and enjoy a trip to the beautiful city of Paris.

BNP Paribas Masters 2014

An annual tennis tournament for male professional players, the Paris Masters is held in France and is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. It is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters because of its sponsorship.

For its 29th edition to be held from 25th October 2014 to 2nd November 2014, the ambitions are really high. It is not just an outstanding level tennis but also a live show with a remarkable atmosphere, thereby offering you an experience of a lifetime. The event has the record of offering people a unique and matchless urban culture with the involvement of top artists from all over the world.





This event takes place inside the famous sports area POPB (Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy) in Paris. It was opened in 1983 and is rightly referred to as the temple of indoor tennis to Paris. Situated between the Siene and the Ministry of the Budget, in the city’s 12th arrondissement, it has a capacity of more than 14,000 seats. Bercy is the closest metro station. The Indoorground experience planned by the BNP Paribas Masters brings together lighting, sound and amazing special effects to offer a marvelous experience to all.

The games start at 10 am on all the days of the tournament. To get access inside the POPB and have access to your seat, it is advisable to reach at least 30 minutes before the start of the game.

How to Reach?

Needless to say, it is ideal to use public transport which has a lower negative impact on the environment. There is a taxi stand located in front of the main entrance. You can also take 24 or 87 bus route. Parisian subway is also a great and convenient option. You can take metro line 1, 6 and 14. Your choice of transport does make a significant difference.


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Where to Stay

One of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, the 12th arrondissement also called as the arrondissement de Reuilly is an ideal place to stay. The place has been reorganized recently, especially the Cour Saint-Émilion and Bercy area. This arrondissement houses the Bercy Arena, French Ministry of Finances, the popular Opera de la Bastille and also Bois de Vincennes. At http://www.ratedapartments.com/paris/all-short-term-lets.html, we offer you an exhaustive list of serviced apartments close to the venue and equipped with all the facilities to make your trip to Paris a memorable one.

The ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Season, the BNP Paribas Masters showcases the crème de la crème as they compete to win the prestigious title. Undoubtedly one of the most esteemed tournaments in the world with the best players in the ATP circuit, it is definitely a must watch.