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You Can't Afford to Stay Home - Not With the Euro at $1.29


Miami, FL, March 16, 2009—With the euro plummeting from $1.60 last spring to a current $1.29, there may never be a better time to take the family on that long-awaited trip to Paris.  Not only are air fares  less expensive, but charming little bistros, a ride up the Eiffel Tower and a day at the Louvre are all affordable again.  To save more money, log onto <> , the leading online vacation rental directory, and book an apartment that provides far more space for far less  money than a hotel room.  Vacation rentals also have the advantage of a kitchen, which means you can save even more by cooking  two meals a day at home (and having the fun of shopping in a French open-air market). Some of the vacation rentals.currently available on the Rentalo web site include:




Latin Quarter Apartment—$154 per night


This modern, air-conditioned, completely renovated one-bedroom apartment is in a quiet pedestrian-only street next to the famous and charming rue Mouffetard and its open market. The building has a private courtyard and access by code only, so it is very secure.  The kitchen is fully-equipped, the bathroom is American-style and there's a separate washer and dryer in the apartment, which comfortably sleeps four people.  A supermarket, boulangerie, restaurants, cafés and a pharmacy are nearby, as are the Seine River and Notre Dame.  The nightly rate is $154, with a one-night minimum.  For information: <> .




Loft Apartment—$129 per night


A huge living room with polished wood floor is the main attraction of this bright, luxurious, top floor loft apartment in the center of Paris. The best  news: It boasts an elevator.  The loft has  one bedroom, two sofa beds, one bath, a full kitchen, cable/satellite TV, telephone and high-speed Internet.  Theaters, restaurants, cafés, shops and museums are all close by in the 16th arrondisement, which is arguably Paris's most elegant neighborhood.  The nightly rate is $129, with a seven-night minimum.  For information: <> .




Arc de Triomphe Apartment—$219 per night 


Just steps from the Arc de Triomphe—which means a prestigious and safe address—this smartly-decorated modern apartment has only one bedroom, but sleeps four people comfortably. It is newly renovated, boasts air conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen, a large LCD TV, high-speed Internet, a garden view and a beautiful private terrace for dining al fresco or just relaxing in the sun.  A daily open-air market, shops, cafés, restaurants and a wine bar are close by.  The nightly rate for four people is $219, with a two-night minimum.  For information: <> .




Normandy Apartment—$134 per night


The charming, medieval town of Bayeux, close to the coast of Normandy, is a perfect weekend getaway from Paris.  This cozy, one-bedroom, recently re-designed apartment in a 16th-century building is next door to William the Conqueror's cathedral and very close to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum as well as shops and restaurants.  Bayeux is a great base for sightseeing the D Day Landing Beaches, Deauville and the rolling hills of Suisse Normande. The nightly rate is $134, with a one-night minimum. For information: <> .




"In the current economic downturn," says Rentalo president Alfredo Purriños, "vacation rental homes make even more sense.  They are a budget-friendly and affordable alternative to traditional lodging."  Rentalo's inventory of more than 200,000 properties in the U.S. Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada and around the world includes hotels, inns, lodges and bed and breakfasts, in addition to vacation rental villas, condos and apartments.  To book an apartment or villa in Paris or France, log onto <>


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