No city is filled with hope and expectations quite like Paris.
Paris: Love it or Hate it?
City of Lights? Or Just a City?
Paris is Snobby? Not Quite!
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Make your visit guilt-free! Paris has the most spectacular art museums in the world but you shouldn’t feel pressured to spend all your time in the galleries. You can enjoy Paris just as much if your passion is cycling, or music, or baking. By all means, challenge yourself to try new things, consider seeing some of the famous sites, but ultimately follow your true interests and Paris will support you!
Wistful or List-ful?
Prince or Pauper?
How I Save and Splurge in Paris:
My Top Paris Tips:
- Take a walking tour. They’re offered in English, are reasonably priced, and the exercise will help beat jet lag. A fun way to discover a new neighbourhood. Ask your tour guide for his favourite little bakery or bar – probably the best recommendation you’ll find!
- For every famous site you see, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, see one that is slightly less famous –a small church, a lesser-known market, the Picasso museum. That way, you’ll enjoy Paris’ highlights but also get off the beaten track.
- The best value comes from local products. French house wine is an absolute steal compared to that bottle of Spanish red. Splurge on Dior and Chanel, not Dolce & Gabbana. A baguette with Brie will be a much better deal than tracking down an American-style grilled cheese. You can get any product, any experience in the world in Paris – but the highest quality and best prices will be with the homegrown ones.
- Learn a little French. Parisians are well educated and most speak some English, but you are guaranteed a much nicer experience if you make an effort in their native language. A good guidebook will also contain a language section giving you everything you need. PS: “Garcon” means “boy” – NOT “waiter”. Not a very polite word to use!
- Do a little reading and research on the activities you’ll do. Seeing the Mona Lisa becomes much more meaningful if you know a bit about the famous lady. Coffee lovers would be smart to learn the French terms for different drinks and tips regarding café customs.
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