Paris Journals

Paris on a Budget

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?!

Paris on a Budget

Overview

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While there are lots of lovely things to spend your money on (just walk into virtually any shop - clothes, shoes, pastries!!), there are also plenty of things that are for the budget-conscious (including free stuff!). One of my favourite things about Paris was free!Quick Tips: Come with an open mind to Paris. I went there having read the guidebook and, of course, seeing all the movies, etc., depicting Paris - but the best things are the unexpected ones, and it's these things that make your trip extra special!Best Way To Get Around: Metro, metro, metro. One of my favourite things about Europe is the public transportation system - especially the metro and underground. Having said that,...Read More

Des Jeunes (MIJE) - Le Fauconnier

Hotel | "Hotel des Jeunes (MIJE) - Le Fauconnier"

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There are actually three of these hostels called the MIJE. I stayed at the Le Fauconnier, but there are two others very nearby. The phone number puts you through to all three. They are in a great location, in the Marais district, close to the Seine, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, and an easy walk to the fantastic Latin Quarter and lots of shops. Most accommodation in Paris is exorbitantly priced, even the hostels, so at around 22 euros a night (including breakfast) in light, spacious dorms in gorgeous old Marais residences, this place isn't bad for value for money. Keep in mind that the accommodation will probably be the most expensive part of your stay in Paris (it was half my daily budget). If y...Read More

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

Eiffel Tower

Attraction | "The Night the Eiffel Tower Blew Me Away!"

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Ok, so it was my first trip to Paris and I had to make the obligatory trip to see the Eiffel Tower. We planned to take the elevator up to the top the next day, but that night we met up with a friend who said that he'd heard that the tower was great at night, so off we went at around 10pm. We arrived to see the huge structure (orginally a temporary one!) glowing in a warm gold as I had seen on TV and movies many times before. My friend had heard that there were special lights, but we had yet to see any, so after around 20 minutes, we starting to walk away. I took one last look back and was amazed -- the entire Eiffel Tower was shimmering with gorgeous blue light, like someone was sprinkling glitter ove...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Musee d'Orsay

Attraction | "Musee D'Orsay: an amazing impression"

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This was another of my favorite things in Paris. After being overwhelmed by the Louvre, I felt at home in the Orsay. And while it's not free, it is 7 euros very well spent (only 5 on Sundays!) and much less intimidating.

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.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)

Attraction | "Monet's Garden at Giverny"

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This is a great way to spend an extra day if you have time. Giverny, only an hour or so from Paris, is home to the house of arguably France's most famous artist and, more importantly, his waterlily garden. Catch the train from Gare St Lazare to Vernon and then get the bus or taxi (easier and as cheap with four people) to Giverny. It's not easy to make the connections so leave early and plan to spend most of the day there. 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...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)
84 rue Claude Monet
Giverny, France
+33 (2) 32 51 28 21

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

Attraction | "The only hill in Paris"

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One of the best things about Paris is that it's almost all flat -- almost. Sacre Couer sits on the only hill in Paris and it makes quite a sight. The huge white basilica looks almost like a mosque and is yet another great (free!) thing to see in Paris. Just make sure you don't go on a boiling hot day -- those stairs will kill you (providing all the other stairs in Paris haven't already!).

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

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Eating out in Paris can easily break your budget, so the easiest and cheapest way to keep your tummy full is to visit the great bakeries, fromageries, etc. Each day we bought fresh baguettes, cheese, tomatoes, and whatever else we wanted at these shops dotted all over Paris. The supermarkets also have a pretty good selection of fresh and packaged food -- try the Franprix or Monoprix stores (they're cheaper). We often just bought a baguette and had it with Nutella, the hazelnut spread (a jar of which we carried around with us -- yum yum)! If you're short of time or don't want to get creative with your own concoctions, the many crepe stands on the streets have a range of sweet and savoury crepes (I coul...Read More