Paris-style self-supporting travel experience

This article I am sharing some tips for dining and traveling out, sightseeing in Paris drawn on my recent trip to Europe. Also you can read more of my Paris memorials here:

Arrive in Paris at any time of the year?

Normally in the big cities in Europe like Paris, the two hot and cold seasons are very differentiated. In the sunny summer it is almost time, not too hot as it is a temperate country, but you will face the number of tourists flocking to the capital of France is very crowded. In winter it is still sunny, but it is cold and hazy. In my experience, the best time is to go to Paris at the end of April 4-5, it will still be cold but pleasant, or in the autumn the weather is also beautiful. The time between April and November is a low-season season where you can save maximum cost as well as hotel money when traveling to Paris.

Also, you can read some information about attending free events and festivals in Paris that help to understand more about the culture – history of this famous city. There are some events such as military miracles and Bastille fireworks (July 14 each year), activities at the Paris Plages area’s artificial beaches in August, such as sunbathing, Sports, music, etc. .., the Nuit Blanche nightly white art festival in October when public transport, exhibitions and museums are free, and then for Christmas in the month. 12, .. You should check in advance on sites such as Bonjour Paris or About Paris about time information, venue of the festival.

Those who come to Paris in mid-April have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful cherry blossom season. The best place to see this cherry blossom in Paris is the cherry blossom park – Parc de scaux, remember to go to the right occasion nhé because flowers bloom and decay also very fast. This park on the edge of the city should go from the center is also a bit far.

Traveling in Paris

If you come to Paris via Charles de Gaulle Airport: From Charles de Gaulle Airport, make your way to the gate of the tramway in the airport to reach Terminal 2 and take the RER B to the city center for ticket prices. Approximately € 10 (should be purchased directly from the lobby where there is an information counter in the airport, but if you buy a ticket at the train station often have to queue for quite a long time, but risk because the ticket machine can not automatically receive the card. you). You can pick up stops anywhere in the center depending on where you are or want to go, which goes through several stations such as Notre Dame, Gare de Lyon.

If you go through Orly Airport: Orly Airport is the second small airport in Paris after the CDG, here you can take the shuttle bus to central Paris and the last stop is Denfert-Rochereau. To go to Orly you also take the bus from this point but remember the last day of the day ends at 10pm, because there are no active flights at night. Ticket price is around € 8-10 per visit.

The colourful Louvre museum and its reflection

Traveling in the city center:

Odds for each leg are € 1.8, if you have to go to Metro a lot, then consider buying a 10-way ticket for about € 14.

Hotel (hostel / couchsurfing) hotel in Paris

You can refer to the two Hostel I stayed in when I went to Paris Aloha Hostel and Perfect Hostel, which are all hostel with such criteria and service I rated as very friendly, friendly staff, clean rooms And convenient for commuting around with the full range of shops and supermarkets needed, prices range from € 15-20 per night. These two Hostel are located in the center so not too afraid to walk, although the location is also near the suburbs. If you choose a hostel in the very heart of the expensive center, it is also unnecessary as you have to walk around Paris for a walk.

Eat and drink while touring Paris

If tourists are the main purpose to go for sightseeing is the most bread sandwich for you are the cheapest, the French bread is delicious but only about 3-4 euro / unit including the sausage bought in the supermarket . Or if you want to buy a meal you can buy something in a supermarket like Pasta, Piazza brought back to the hostel to cook it, it is also a very good savings. Drinking water is used in tap water without the need to buy bottled water because the water in the developed cities in Europe is very clean.

Bar in paris

Another special cafe is the Cafe Marquis, Rue des Francs Bourgeois will be mentioned in the film “Me before you”, the romantic level of this film enough to ensure the romantic you will feel. Here is A hot cup of coffee, a little fresh croissant and a bit of light Paris is enough for a special feel, or a romantic lunch with a nice steak.

“If you want to enjoy Paris like an indigenous people, you want to find places where only indigenous people know, good restaurants, romantic cafes that if you go on your own will be very hard to find and lose. A lot of time to work, study tour guide one day to discover Paris flower. Tours help you both have the feeling of self-discovery but still be able to visit Paris the most effective.”

A guide to touring destinations in Paris

Paris is very large and a lot of “must see” attractions if you are the first time you come here can be described as: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre. You need to keep in mind that these locations are quite far apart and if you walk a long time and lose strength, you should mark the map, plan and schedule a day trip to enjoy. Get the most monuments and museums here. Cost some key points:

  • Louvre Museum: € 12
  • National Museum of Modern Art in Center Pompidou: € 13.00
  • Orsay Museum: € 11 (€ 16 for combo l’Orangerie Museum)
  • Museum l’Orangerie: € 9
  • Sainte Chapelle: €8.50
  • Eiffel Tower (peak): € 15,00
  • Palace of Versailles: €18
  • Catacombs of Paris: €10
  • Arc de Trimophe: € 9

If you are a museum fan you can buy the Paris Museum Pass for unlimited access to most museums in Paris, including the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles Castle. Buy in tourist information areas or go to Parisinfo for a price of 2 days € 48.

Eiffel tower

Eiffel tower

This is a destination of course when coming to Paris, nobody would dream of once standing and taking pictures at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The tower is located right next to the Seine in east Paris and in the Champ-de-Mars park. If you are just standing at the tower, you will not lose money, but if you locate the top of the tower to watch the city, you will have to queue for hundreds of meters and can take hours. In my opinion, you should wait until late in the evening, when it is time for tourists, and also the best time to see panoramic Paris from above when the whole city lights up. In addition, the Eiffel Tower also has a flash system flashing on time frames like 7h, 8h, 9h …, each lasting about 10 minutes.

Ticket price to the top of the tower by the lift is ~ € 17, and if you accept to climb to the 2nd floor is only ~ € 7. If you intend to top of the tower should buy tickets online because people lined the tower is very crowded, tickets will not have to line up.

Another very special feature that I noticed on a Paris trip is that at the foot of the Eiffel Tower is probably the only place with free public toilets, you will find it very difficult to find the toilet When going around Paris (same as many other cities in Europe)! But according to Thuy Van, you can visit this site to see the map: Here they list up to 400 public toilets in Paris, all free. One good news is that only pedestrians on Paris streets in cold weather can absorb this “suffering”!

Notre Dame Basilica

This church was so well known and known for its work “The Scourge of the Cathedral”. To get into the church free of charge but have to queue (faster than the Louvre Museum), you can go from CDG airport to direct station at Notre Dame by RER B. If you want to visit the church Watch the bell tower you will have to buy a ticket for about 10EUR.

Avenue Champ Elysse and Arc de Triomphe

The Champs Elysees is a place where you can walk on the most characteristic streets in Paris with marble floors, very long and wide. The end of the avenue is Arc de Triomphe, all the way back to here. You can either climb up to the top of Arc de Triomphe at € 9 (2015), and buy your tickets in the evening to enjoy the entire Parisian architecture, as well as the distant Eiffel Tower. Same majestic.

Avenue Champ Elysse and Arc de Triomphe

Musee de Louvre

This is a museum that took me over two hours to queue up here, even though it was noon. Actually, if you do not have much passion for art, you do not have to spend a lot of effort to get in here because you just have to go outside, and you want to see works of art such as Mona Lisa Must buy tickets.

The Louvre is quite close to the Notre Dame Cathedral and some other attractions that you can combine with the Tuileries, Luxembourg Gardens, Sainte Chapelle, La Conciergerie (3 places are quite close together and near the Louvre Finally, the Concorde Square, straight from the Champs Elysees.

Montmartre Hill

Montmartre is a district of Paris, located on a large hill in the 18th district. Once a gathering place for many famous painters, plus the church of Sacré-Cœur church, small streets, cafes, restaurants. … Montmartre is one of the most tourist attractions in Paris. To go to Montmartre you can stop at the last Metro stop is Abbesses or Lamarck Caulaincourt (line 12 Porte de la Chapelle – Mairie d’Issy); Anvers or Blanche (line 2 Porte Dauphine-Nation) then walk a short distance to arrive.

On this hill there is a wall of “I love you” written in many languages ​​in the world located in the Abbesses garden also in the Montmartre area, looking outward not shimmering on the photo or shooting but worth to come.

Versaille Palace

If you have more time you can consider going to Versaille Palace because here does not look as beautiful as expected but queue is also super long. Traveling on tramways or attractions, public squares, you have to be careful because there are so many pickpockets or robbers in groups that can be handled at any time.

From the center of Paris to Versailles you need to reach the terminus: Metro Versailles – Rive Droite. First you need to go to one of the following major stations: St. These stations will connect directly to Versailles via the RER C. After arriving at the Versailles terminus – Rive Droite you walk a mile to the Versailles. To the palace. If you buy one way fare is 4.2EUR, you should buy a return ticket save more than 7EUR.

Take a boat or stroll on the Seine

The Seine River is famous for its romance stories that you can not miss, strolling along the river, watching the bridges that went into poetry and literary works. Come here to visit the Pont des Arts bridge called love bridge with thousands of hooks up here (but heard that the government has cleared all the locks here and not for guests when traveling. Paris made the hook too into the bridge).

The Seine

Shopping in Paris

For shopping enthusiasts, it is impossible not to miss the luxury shopping mall in the Galleries Lafayette in northern Paris. However, the price here is very expensive, if you want to buy souvenirs or items you should go to Avenue du Professeur André Lemierre, the price here is much cheaper. Cheap items are available at the Marché des Enfants Rouges on Rue de Bretagne, an old market in Paris or the shopping area of ​​Chatelet with a variety of traditional French goods.

For women who want to buy cosmetics, there are many pharmacies, but if you have time you should go to the City Pharmacy. This brand is not much in Paris, also have to find a time, usually quite crowded but there are many cosmetic brands from many brands, many and cheaper than most other conventional drugstore in Paris. In the shop always have many consultants on the product. Or you can also find the genuine French cosmetics, very often have promotions, but not discounted here is cheaper in Vietnam already, but super good, such as Yves Rocher, there are very Many in Paris where the material is completely natural.

In addition, you would like to buy good old furniture can find two famous old market in Paris, Saint Ouen Porte de Clignancourt in northern Paris, 7th, Sunday and second, selling a lot of antiques Perfume and clothing, and Porte de Vanves, located in the 15th arrondissement of the suburb of Vanves, south of Paris, open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), selling a lot of clothing and souvenirs.

Sale season in Paris takes place in January and July every year, this is the real sales surge that many brands both middle and high level are down sharply.

Other locations and sightseeing experience

On good weather you can consider going to the gardens and parks around the city such as the Promenade Plantee near an ancient railroad track, the botanical gardens of the Jardin des Plantes. If you are a fan of museums, it is worth noting the first Sunday of every month that many museums are open for free, including the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Pompidou Center and the Picasso Museum.

Many museums and places of interest free admission to EU citizens under the age of 26, the Louvre Museum for free entry with tourists under 26 on Friday nights after 6pm.

If you are looking to see Paris from above, in addition to locations like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe also has the Montparnasse Tower (can look directly to the Eiffel) with up to 15 euro lift ticket. There are also some free views of the city from above, such as the Sacre Cœur Basilica, the apex of the Pompidou Center, the cafe on the top of the Galleries Lafayette, the garden at the Institut du Monde Arabe and Parc. De Belleville in district 20.

In Paris, there is an old quarter that remains intact, Le Marais, where writer Victor Hugo lived, wandering around the city feeling like he was in the heart of Paris in the nineteenth century.