Where to Stay/ Getting Around
The first thing to note about Paris is that it is split into 20 different districts. These are called arrondissements. There are so many different things to see in Paris and they are all located in different areas, which is good because you can stay almost anywhere and be close to some sort of attraction. That being said, there are certain areas which I personally found to be nicer than others (1st, 8thand 7tharrondissement) and generally the closer to the centre you are the better. Also, because Paris is so big, the quickest way to get around is via the underground system and I found it worked out cheaper to buy a 3-day ticket than pay for individual rides. Tip: don’t buy an ‘all day ticket’ if it’s getting late because it stays valid until the end of thatday, not 24 hours from when you first use it!
It would be impossible to list everything that you can go and see in Paris so here are a few of my favourite places which we saw. Firstly, the Louvre – if you do buy a ticket to look inside the museum it won’t be possible to see everything because there is so much in it. The obvious piece of artwork to head to in this museum would be the Mona Lisa (a lot smaller than you would imagine). Another amazing sight was the Pont Alexandre III bridge and the Arc de Triomphe. I would also suggest going to the Ice Cube Bar (a rooftop terrace) because it has amazing views of the city and a drink/bite to eat here is relatively cheap. Of course, nobody is going to go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower- I personally found going at night was the best because every hour it puts on a light show for 5 minutes which is really pretty in the dark.
As you can imagine, going to Paris is going to cost you an arm and a leg. I don’t think there is a way to make it ‘cheap’ but there are certain things you could do to minimize your spending. One of the things to think about is your meals – dinner out is pretty pricey but if you eat earlier in the day some restaurants will lower their prices for ‘early bird’ dinner times.