A September 2003 trip
to Paris by Amelia_T
Quote: Doing Paris on a budget is difficult -- in my four months in Europe, it was (along with London) the most expensive place I visited. But what is a trip to Europe without seeing Paris?!
Hotel | "Hotel des Jeunes (MIJE) - Le Fauconnier"
If you arrive on the metro, catch it to St Paul and take the tiny street (alleyway) directly behind you; turn left at the end then take the next right.
Also, the maximum stay at the hostels is seven nights and there is a lock-out at 1am.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2004
Des Jeunes (MIJE) - Le Fauconnier
11 r. du Fauconnier
Paris, France 75004
(01) 42 74 23 45
Attraction | "The Night the Eiffel Tower Blew Me Away!"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004
Champ De Mars
Attraction | "Musee D'Orsay: an amazing impression"
After visiting Monet's Garden at Giverny the day before, it was almost surreal to see it depicted in Monet's beautiful works. I studied visual art and art history at school and so it was wonderful to see all the works in the gallery that I had studied.
Definitely one of my favourite galleries in the world and a great way to spend a rainy day in Paris.
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994
Attraction | "Monet's Garden at Giverny"
The garden is just like all his paintings -- the bridge and the lilies are all there, as is Monet's house/cottage, which is quite cute and filled with copies of his works, plus works of others who inspired him.
Try to visit around summertime to get the garden in its finest full bloom. As a day trip, the cost isn't too bad, especially if you are under 26 -- it probably cost us around 20 euros for the day.
Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)
84 rue Claude Monet
+33 (2) 32 51 28 21
Attraction | "The only hill in Paris"
I've heard that it is particularly good at night -- just be careful around the notorious pick-pocket area; avoid the guys tying string to people's fingers.
Also, while you're around the area and you want to check out the Moulin Rouge it's near Sacre Couer.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2004
Basilica du Sacre Coeur
35, Rue Du Chevalier-de-la-barre Rue De La Bonne
Paris, France 75018
+33 (1) 53 41 89 00
Of course, you can't visit Paris without having sat at a table on the sidewalk in a Parisian cafe, watching the passing parade, and so for this, try to avoid the touristy areas and 5-euro coffees. Make sure you splurge though -- you'll be glad you did!