An Affordable Trip to Paris
An Affordable Trip to Paris
Article by Terry Daniels
One of the vacations that will invoke the most envy is a glamorous trip to Paris. Paris embodies the height of fashion, fine food, and the rich.
A trip to Paris is only a dream for many because many people believe that a trip to Paris must be expensive. However, there are many fascinating places to visit and things to do that do not cost a fortune to enjoy.
One of the first attractions is the free entry to museums or cathedrals. There are more than 180 museums, monuments, and cathedrals located in Paris that are free to enjoy at various times.
All of the churches and cathedrals are definitely free of admission except for la Sainte Chapelle. The architecture incorporated into these buildings is fantastic and fascinating.
There are many well known museums that are favorites of tourists that are considered “must sees.” These museums include the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin, and Musee Picasso.
These museums are free of admission the first Sunday of every month to everyone and free admission normally to those who are citizens of a European Union nation and under 26 years old no matter what their nationality. Even though these are the world favorites there are many other museums that feature art and exhibits that could keep you fascinated, awed, and occupied for years.
If you do not meet the qualifications for free museum admission and you plan to visit several museums, you may want to consider buying a Paris Museum pass.
This pass allows entrance into over 60 of the top ‘must visit’ locations in Paris including the Louvre Museum, Chateau de Versailles, the Musee d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum, the Picasso Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Sainte Chapelle.
Those with the pass do not even have to wait in a line to get into the museum. Depending on which pass is purchased, it will be valid for anywhere from two to six days.
Paris is also a home of fine music. There are hundreds of free concerts and opportunities to hear famous artists perform their work.
The Fete de la Musique begins on June 21 and is one of the best experiences any music lover could ask for. Free Summer Jazz concerts are also held every week throughout the summer in the Parc de Vincennes.
Of course, no one can visit Paris and say they have had a complete experience without viewing the high fashions and shopping for designer clothing at department stores and designer outlets. Many of the boutiques have very high prices, such as the Rue du Faubourg St Honore, but there are many close outs and seconds of designer clothing that can be found for extremely good deals at designer outlets.
The Paris Flea Markets also attract thousands of shoppers. These flea markets are a fun place to spend some time, if not money.
The biggest flea market is the Porte de Clignancourt that is located in North Paris. It features art, antiques, clothing, and many other things.
The Paris Opera is one of the finest in the world. There are two main opera houses, the Opera Bastille and the Opera Garnier.
The Opera Bastille barely opened in 1989 and can offer a clear view of the stage from any seat. The Opera Garnier offers fantastic architecture and is the home of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Finally, to finish off the Paris experience it will time to find some excellent food. There are many restaurants that provide nice food for an affordable price in addition to the fancy places that offer food for very expensive prices.
The Paris Metro is the cheapest form of transportation unless you have taken too much luggage to ride it. If this is the case, the second cheapest form of transportation is the airport shuttle.
Hotels are one of the most expensive places to stay in Paris. Instead, look at short-term vacation apartments.
These apartments can provide tourists with the incomparable experience of what it is like to live life as a true Parisian. The experience of culture and history that can be found in Paris is like no other.
If at all possible, this is a vacation that must be taken once in a lifetime.
Terry Daniels is a former travel agent and has written hundreds of articles relating to tourism and real estate, including how to find a Paris home. He has been involved in local travel and tourism for over 20 years.