We have just booked our first trip to Europe. Following our Rhine River Cruise, we will be taking the train from Basel, Switzerland to Paris the 2nd week of October for 4 nights. After reading RS's book on Paris, I've narrowed down our stay there to two VRBO rentals. One is a lovely apartment located on Rue Cler at the intersection of Rue de Champs...across the street from Cafe Du Marche. It has a beautiful view of the top of the Eiffel tower and is within a 3/4 mile walk to it. In addition, it has a balcony with bistro table and chairs that allow a view of Rue Cler.
The other is located on Rue Saint Jacques at the intersection of Rue Malebranche. It is farther from the Eiffel tower but has a stunning view of it in it's entirety and is steps Pantheon (literally around the corner), the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Seine and Notre Dame. It is a very roomy apartment but does not have a balcony. Rue Cler speaks to my heart about Paris; oh those beautiful streets! But Saint Jacques seems closer for touring on foot. Can anyone help? Thank you!!