Looking For Nice, Affordable Apartments to Rent?

When you are moving into a new locality or a city, you should be looking out for a nice rental apartment which you can afford. Usually rent is a constraint, but it is not as difficult to find an apartment for rent as you may be afraid of.

Consider the type of income you have, when you are looking for an apartment, and if you are having a particular kind of income you can get assistance from HUD, which offers affordable apartments for rent.

If your income comes under the guidelines of HUD program, you should ensure that you make use of the affordable rental apartments which such organizations offer. Such organizations will ensure that you will be able to find the kind of accommodation which you can afford.

When you are looking for nice affordable apartments for rent, you should talk you friends first, which can be a wonderful resource which can help you. Family members and friends can help you to find a cheap apartment for your family.

You can look out for unadvertised apartments, which can be in the backside of private homes which can turn out to be a wonderful choice. You can pretty easily find one bedroom cozy apartments, in a small building. Though you may not like the idea of staying in a cheap apartment, you will find yourself loving it soon.

When you are looking out for affordable apartment on rent, you should talk to some neighbor owners, and if they are renting out their place, they can put your name on a sort of waiting list when the present tenant has served notice to move out. You will never know that a particular apartment is available unless you talk to your family and friends about your need

A search if local newspaper can also expose you to affordable apartments for rent. But you should think of shopping for rental apartments. You should try to familiarize with your own immediate neighborhood, taking into account how far you would like to drive daily everyday. Remember, cheap apartments can be found by simply enquiring about their availability.

Serviced Apartments Vs Hotels – Which Is the Best Choice?

Are you planning a trip? Whether you are going on a leisure trip, business trip, or you are moving, you will need to have good accommodations. A couple of the options available to you include luxury hotels and serviced apartments. Many people today simply think about checking into a nice hotel when they go on a trip. While you may be able to find some nice package deals, you may find that other lodging choices make more sense than a hotel. When planning your trip, consider both hotels and serviced apartments to decide which one is the right choice for you.

As you are comparing luxury hotels with serviced apartments, you’ll quickly find that the apartments can offer you more facilities and amenities than you will get in a hotel. With most of the apartments, you’ll be given kitchens that are fully functional. They often offer double and single bedrooms, along with nice living areas. Many come with amenities like broadband internet and cable television packages. They can offer you plenty of privacy too, which is not offered in many hotels. The great news is that these apartments can be found almost anywhere in the world, allowing you to enjoy their convenience, no matter where you decide to travel.

Do you travel with a pet? If you have a pet that you want to take with you when traveling, you’ll quickly find that many luxury hotels do not offer you the ability to keep your pet in your room. Even the most well mannered dogs will be rejected. However, you will find that some serviced apartments may offer the ability to bring along a cat or dog. Just keep in mind that you may be required to pay an extra deposit on the apartment if you decide to bring the family pet along. This allows you to easily bring your pet with you, which is especially helpful if you are relocating to a new area.

When comparing serviced apartments to hotels, you’ll find that the apartments allow you to enjoy the culture in the area. Most hotels keep you away from much of the local culture, but you’ll live alongside people from the area when you rent an apartment, which will help you enjoy learning more about the culture. You’ll also enjoy a more relaxed feel, since the apartment will begin to feel like home over time.

Overall, serviced apartments have a lot more to offer than luxury hotels. However, there are a few limitations that they have when compared to luxury hotels. First, you won’t get the room service that you get in a hotel. In a hotel your sheets are changed daily and your room serviced. Of course, you can choose to have a housekeeping service in your apartment, but this won’t include having new sheets given to you every day.

Although both options come with pros and cons, many people do find that the serviced apartments have more pros to offer than luxury hotels. They’ll even help you to save money compared to paying for a hotel, which is just one more reason they make a great choice.

Thoughts On Nice – Re-Discovering The French Riviera

A walk towards the Mediterranean

When I “landed” in Nice in my tiny Fiat back in the 70s, I could not avoid being mesmerized by a city so charming and majestic, so full with the colours of its people, of its painted façades. I learned to love the oozing perfumes from the flowers of its gardens, the pungent smell of its spices and the subtle aroma of its herbs: so much different from the Paris I adored.

Nikaia as the Greeks called it when they first set foot on these shores some 2600 years back, is now a blend of gentle climate, African influences, Mediterranean experiences and a trail of an Italian past still engrained in its people, their accent, patois, gestures, warmth.

As, in a more recent past, I ventured out of my hotel in Nice, I looked up at the plane trees lining both sides of Boulevard Victor Hugo: so majestic and maternal in their huge embrace. They reminded me of the same old plane trees that still line the ancient roads of my Po Valley, planted back in the 18th Century when Napoleon colonized it.

I remember climbing them, admiring their patched bark, gathering the fallen twigs to light up our stove on dark winter mornings. I used to play hide and seek behind their huge trunks, climbing them and enjoying them so much in my happy distant youth; in a way it was like coming home.

Waking down towards the sea, past the Negresco Hotel and the Palais de la Mediteranée, I could not refrain from thinking that the breathtakingly splendid Promenade des Anglais used to be, only a couple of hundred years ago, a short, bumpy narrow path built for the enjoyment of the British Aristocracy who swapped the winter chill and the rainy weather of their Northern Isles for the gentle climate and the beautiful surroundings of Nice.

And there it was, the Mediterranean Sea, the centre of the ancient universe, languidly staring at you.

No longer as blue as the French poet Stephan Liegeard described it in 1887 “la Côte d’Azur”, but still warm and inviting, perhaps even now enjoying a Blue Flag status.

Like an ancient pagan ritual, gravity defying breasts and sculpted legs were on proud display to uninterested passers-by, hoping to steal the last precious rays of an already distant sun. Joyous dogs were trying in vain for a good foothold on the round beach pebbles, flattened by the rhythm of tidal waves.

I gazed towards the landing strip of Nice Cote d’Azur Airport; where were the fishermen? “Helas” long gone was the time when Nice’s all embracing bay was known as “la Baie des Anchois” – the bay of anchovies, by “divine” intervention, now known as “la Baie des Anges” – Angels’ Bay, or was it a sound marketing ploy?

My gentle walk was an enjoyable luxury despite my casual clothing. I was now under the spell of a sea of aristocrats, nouveaux riches, playboys parading the promenade in their immaculately tailored outfits. I could smell their joie de vivre, but could it have been a designer perfume? I also heard their indistinguishable proud walk mimicked by their poodles trotting beside them.

They no longer paraded their diamond encrusted jewels, their signature Scarves, their camel leather shoes nor their distinctive Panama hats to shelter their balding heads. It is now cool to show off perfectly bleached teeth, tailored implants, superbly tanned skins, bulging watches, the latest sport shoes and to whizz around in funky gyropodes.

Nice’s Carnival had come and gone, but I could still see faces and aging wrinkles masked by not so skilful surgeons. Like in a circus, properly outfitted youngsters were displaying their skating skill, others, on state of the art bikes, were whizzing in and out of their marked path in a joyous confrontation with the last standing belle époque “heroes”.

It was time to go back to my rugged plane trees and to leave behind the beautifully regimented palm trees, the exuberant exotic flowers and those carefully manicured lawns.