10 Things To See And Do In Paris On A Budget09:46
After posing for selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower, gauging your body weight in patisseries and macaroons, wondered the beautiful Parisian streets and people watched from a chic cafe whilst sipping your coffee, you may want to try this:
1.) I bet that you will never have even thought of this...going to Bois de Vincennes, a gorgeous park on the outskirts of Paris. You can hire a rowing boat, for about €12 for an hour, and take it for a spin on the gorgeous lake then indulge in a picnic at the water side afterwards and watch the golden sun dip below the lake during sunset.
2.) Take a bottle of wine to drink on the lawns in front of the Eiffel Tower. I especially recommend it after dark because on every hour the Eiffel Tower sparkles. On your way, stop off at any supermarket and grab a bottle of wine, you can get a decent bottle for as little as €3!!
3.) Walk down Les Champs Elysees and get a glimpse of how the other half live! This street is home to some of the most exclusive shops in Paris and even the world. With queues winding down roads just to get into the likes of Louis Vuitton, whilst somewhat aptly parked outside is the opportunity to hire a Ferrari or Lamborghini for an hour and have your picture with it. Although I don't recommend 'popping' into Louis Vuitton for any bargains that could rival Primani and definitely not spending a months rent on driving a luxury car for an hour in a city where you can spend well over 3 hours stuck in traffic alone in an attempt to just drive 100 meters down the road!! Les Champs Elysees is definitely worth a visit!
4.) Go on a free walking tour. I really recommend exploring Montmatre; although there are a series of free walking tours around the city which run on tips so you can pay whatever you can afford. Alternatively you can pay a set price for a more specific tour...a quick google search will show you all the options available.
5.) Go up L'Arc du Triomphe, especially if you're under 25 years old because then it's completely free (if you're from Europe.)
6.) Explore as many museums as possible, my favourite is Le musee d'Orsay! All museums are also free if you're under 25!
7.) Wake up early and head to the Catacombes. The reason I say 'wake up early' is because the queue is always massive! Alternatively, you can book in advance online and consequently get to skip the queue and head straight to the front!
8.) Go to a food market or indulge in the Christmas markets. You can see how traditional food is made and try it for yourself in an amazing setting and atmosphere.
9.) Take the RER to Versaille and explore the famous palace. If you want to make a full day of it, I recommend taking a picnic along and enjoying it in the gorgeous gardens in front of the palace.
10.) Treat yourself to a traditional Parisian meal out and make the most of the fine dining and wine.