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Nov 22, 2007“Study Abroad student with only a few Euros to her name.”
based on 6 votes
Spend all your money at your last destination? Want to experience Paris without experiencing an overdrawn account? This list will help you enjoy the City of Lights on the cheap - or on the FREE.
Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Paris
Category: Best of
Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
Appeals to: Singles, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
1. Neighborhood wander
Can be FREE if you don't use public transportation. Which neighborhood? Depends on how you feel that day. I would ABSOLUTELY visit the Quartier Latin, regardless of the duration of your stay. And don't be afraid to go past the millions of tourists crowding around the St. Michel fountain. It GETS BETTER around [m] Cluny/La Sorbonne and [m] Odéon.
I love the métro. It is a gateway to another world. If you will be there for more than 3 days or so, get a Carte Orange Hebdomadaire at a ticket counter. There are some pretty breathtaking lines and stations. For example, ligne 6: it's mostly above ground, so you'll get great views of the parts of Paris that most people don't see, all for 1,50E!
3. Relax in a Park
Explore the numerous parks found in Paris. FREE. They are all beautiful; you just have to find your favorite! Starters: Jardin de Luxembourg - [m] Luxembourg - take your average flower garden and multiply it by 20. Filled with tourists and natives alike. Parc Montsouris - [m] Cité Universitaire. Giant green area across from the international university. Don't miss the waterfall! Jardin des Tuileries - right across from the Louvre - great for watching tourists from around the world.
4. Walk by the Seine
FREE. What's more romantic than the smell of fresh urine next to a polluted river surrounded by rude tourists and booksellers selling useless junk? ;-) Seriously, it can be quite nice in the evening in some parts of town.
5. Watch the People
Enjoy a Parisian baguette while people-watching. You knew one of them had to involve bread! Watch people in parks, near tourist attractions, at busy intersections, in the métro...it never gets dull.