My wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary with our first trip to Europe. We are going on a cruise from Barcelona to Venice and back. We hope to get a feel for the different parts of Europe while not having to backpack.
Before going to Barcelona, we plan on spending 2 full days in Paris. Then taking a two our flight to Barcelona the night before our cruise departs - late April. I know that 2 days in Paris will never be enough, and I have stayed in an apartment in Buenos Aires and we LOVED that method of lodging but it was for a two week trip. We love living among the locals, and shopping and eating like they do.
It seems a little more difficult to find apartments that allow stays as short as 2 nights. 3 nights, 4 nights, and 1 week minimum seem to be most common.
It is overwhelming how much material there is to look through in Paris, and how many companies there are to rent from. I have seen the lists you have posted in some other threads. So here are my questions:
Is it not worthwhile for the check-in/out for just 2 nights?
Is VRBO more risky to rent - directly from the owner? Are VRBO reviews trustworthy?
We are thinking about the area near Rue Cler to have the market and shops close by, but some comments say this area has become touristy. Are these markets easy to find in all of the central parts of Paris, or should we keep our sights on the area near Rue Cler?
Here is a VRBO listing we are considering, which is available for just 2 nights:
Thanks in advance. I love Tripadvisor!