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How to do Paris on a Budget?

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Paris is the world center of luxurious goods, the fashion capital, owner of some of the best gourmet restaurants and home to the world famous iconic monuments and museums. Certainly all this makes Paris one of the most expensive city.  But, if you are thinking you will have to spend a fortune to enjoy the City of lights, then the answer is No!

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You don’t have to win a jackpot for a fun vacation in Paris. It is absolutely possible to have an economical trip. Here are some ways to save some euros as you explore the best.

Travel During off Season

Although the summers and springs are the most beautiful, but the low season has its own charm. The crowds are thin and the top attractions which are usually jam packed with tourists are comparatively less crowded.  The airfares also go down, plus the posh hotels may then fit your budget.

Travel and Transportation

Paris has an excellent transportation system which offers Paris bus tours, Hop-On, Hop-off bus tours and likewise with top attractions and picturesque routes. The Paris public bus system is a great accessible option for getting around the city and is also budget friendly.

Paris by Foot

There’s no better way to see Paris than on foot. Navigate a trip along the city’s neighborhood without spending a penny. It is not only a pleasant experience, but you will discover why Paris is considered as one of the most romantic destination.

You can enjoy the great outdoors in sprawling and well-manicured Parisian Gardens. The best urban escapes include the Jardin des Tuileries, with overlooks the Louvre and the Seine and the super-sized palace Jardin du Luxembourg. The Parc de la Villette is the best spot in the city for kids with endless opportunities for fun with 10 themed gardens with climbing structures, unusual sculptures and a tall and twisting dragon slide.

Paris Night champs Elysees Tour

Parisian churches are beautiful with classic artwork and architecture; and live music attracting a lot of tourists. Entry to the Notre Dame Cathedral is free, though it does cost money to explore the towers. Saint-Merri Church hosts free concerts on Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.

You can also visit places like, the Latin Quarter for café hopping, lively restaurants and jazzy bars. Montmartre for panoramic city views and charming streets. And for a truly romantic and magical experience take a walk after dusk and watch the city sparkle with thousands of dazzling lights. Watch the Eiffel Tower fully illuminated in all its glittering glory and take a walk along the banks of the Seine.

Free and Discounted Museums

No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the world famous artwork at the city’s best museums. You can explore museums for no charge at all, check out the free permanent collection at the Petit Palais and the Musée D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

For other famous museums you may buy a Paris Museum Pass to save money on entrance fees for museums including the LouvreMusee D’OrsayMusee RodinCentre Pompidou, Versailles and the Arc de Triomphe.

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Cheap Eats

If you know where to go, then eating is quite cheap in Paris. Nosh on one or two nice meals of cheap and delicious Paris street food. You can stock up your food baskets from the outdoor markets; selling ready to eat food, fruits, veggies, meats, cheese, etc. which are readily available all over the city. You can relish on scrumptious Parisian cuisine from a good-value restaurants and cafés in the capital such as, Foyer de la Madeleine, Le Bambou, Le Baratin, Breizh Café, Le Hide,etc. You can also enjoy a picnic and laze away the day under the Eiffel Tower or in any of the city’s park.

Shop the Sales

If you are visiting Paris in January or July, you may notch some bargains during the citywide sale period. Otherwise, you may save some cash surfing at the city’s great flea markets or window-shopping along the Champs-Elysees.Other famous outdoor markets are at Porte de Clignancourt and Marché aux puces where you can find cheap, imported goods to antique wears and fancy clothing. Another option for shopping can be the dozens of vintage shops in Paris where you can find quality of vintage items on sale. Find these vintage shops at Montmartre, behind metro Abbesses, Chine Machine. Near Hotel de Ville and the Centre Pompidou is another top spot for tons of vintage shops.

After reading this you may now plan a strategy, pack your bags and have the long awaited trip to Paris without breaking the bank. Happy journey!

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Paris: Family Edition

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Traveling with your entire family can create some of the best memories, but it can also come with the stress of pleasing all family members.  Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of activities in Paris that are perfect for families, so you know it’ll be a good Parisian time for everybody.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Being just 20 miles outside of Paris and easily accessible by any form of transportation, nothing says “family” more than Disneyland.  Not only is this the only Disney theme park in all of Europe, but this park comes with more than enough perks to please the whole family.
Your first reason to breathe a sigh of relief?  Since Disney has everything you could want in two adjacent and easily accessible parks, that means you don’t have to struggle to get the whole family to multiple places in one day.  Second, FastPasses are a great option to skip the queues so the kids don’t get restless.  Finally, it’s guaranteed fun for the whole family, whether you’re five or fifty, you can’t deny that you’re never too old for the magic of Disney.

Aquarium de Paris (CinéAqua)

Another good family option, the Aquarium de Paris is located in the heart of Paris, right across from the Eiffel Tower.  Located underground, the aquarium is newly renovated so  now there’s more than ever for your family to do.

With 40 tanks filled with thousands of different seawater species, children and adults will both find themselves in awe of the beautiful aqua-life, or even a little scared in the shark tunnel. CinéAqua Learning is always an opportunity, but the kids will actually be eager this time as there are both documentaries and animated cartoons teaching viewers about this completely different world.  Of course being interactive is almost a necessity for family fun, and with touch pools, feeding sessions, and lots of live entertainment, the Aquarium de Paris is the perfect way for your family to experience Paris’ more unique version of museums.

Asterix Park

Let’s face it, amusement parks are inescapable if you’re looking for good, old fashioned family fun.  Kids are running from ride to ride, and parents play the carnival games so their children can win the giant stuffed animal.  A huge park with rides, candy, games, and entertainment is the perfect day. Asterix Park If Disneyland Paris is too mainstream for you, try Paris’ very own Asterix Park.  Completely unique to Paris, this park offers 5 different ancient worlds to discover, from the Gauls to the Roman Empire, there won’t be a shortage of activities for anybody in the family.  If you’re not a huge fan of roller coasters, fear not because there’s also tons of live shows and interactive games for some friendly competition!

Luxembourg Gardens

If you want a truly Parisian experience with the whole family, Luxembourg Gardens is the perfect place to spend the day.  With tons of statues, flower gardens, and fountains, Luxembourg is commonly seen as a romantic place.
Luxembourg Gardens Yet there is a vintagecarousel, puppet shows, ponies, and a lake for model sail boats, so kids will be just as entertained as adults will be relaxed.  In addition, there’s free musical performances!  So if you’re looking for that specifically French experience, what matches it more than Parisian gardens with the family?

Museum of Magic

I guarantee you that this is the type of museum the kids can get on board with.  This low-key, underground museum has a quirky vibe and doesn’t need tons of prestigious paintings or sculptures to hold your attention.

Museum of Magic

Instead, both parents and kids will be intrigued by the 30 minute magic show, optical illusions, and hands-on interactive games that play with your mind. There’s also a dedication to the history of magic and how it has progressed, but don’t think they’re about to give away all their secrets!  I should mention that both the show and the rest of the museum are in french, but don’t worry if you aren’t fluent, magic knows no language and the pure enchantment and mysteriousness that lies in this museum is well worth the visit.

So enjoy your next family vacation to the fullest!

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Tour the Fashion Week cities.

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fashion-weekFashion is a funny business as most people are preparing for the cold of the coming winter, fashionistas around the world are getting excited about what we should be wearing spring/summer 2012. From September – October you can travel around the world to make sure you are on trend next year. Should you get a free minute in between shows, in between hobnobbing with Wintour and singing karaoke with Valentino, we have found you some tours in each city.

New York 9-15 Sept
sex-and-the-city-hotspots_new-york_13527_4Alright, so you are probably already there. You have been dazzled by Victoria Beckham’s collection and now you are ready to follow in the footsteps of television’s biggest fashionista: Carrie Bradshaw.
Go on a Sex and the City tour where you will hit all of the girls’ favourite spots.  You’ll visit the best place for Cosmopolitans, the shop where Charlotte bought her Rabbit,  the place where Carrie got her divine Jimmy Choo’s and you will taste a cupcake from the famous Magnolia bakery.

London 16-21 Sept
designer-shopschelsea_4642_1Once you have arrived in London you’ll be happy to learn that the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford will have opened: it is the largest shopping centre in Europe.
For the traditionalist among us, we recommend a private walking tour through Chelsea and Kensington.  Stroll among the designer shops and museums with a knowledgeable guide who can tell you about the rich history and famous faces of this exclusive area. This fashionable part of London is also a favourite of Britain’s hottest fashionistas: Kate aka the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton.

flea-market_paris_4177_3Paris 29 Sept – 06 Oct
Ah Paris! The city of chic. A man or woman of fashion should live in a fashionable home, so we offer you a Paris tour of one of the largest antique markets of Europe.

You will be accompanied with an expert guide who will a) speak French and English and b) have knowledge of antiques. So whether you are a layman or a more experienced buyer of antique you have the option of the guide to assist you with negotiations.

asakusa-temple_tokyo_13293_4Tokyo 16-22 Oct
It promises to be a memorable Fashion week in Tokyo as it will be the first one since shows earlier this year were cancelled after the earthquake in March. Organisers have confirmed Paul Smith’s attendance with which he’ll be celebrating his business success.

As the early bird catches the worm, get up early and join a morning sightseeing tour in Tokyo. An English-speaking guide will take you through the Japanese capital and introduce you to the riches of this wonderful city.  You will see the stunning panoramas of the modern city, yet also delve deeper to discover the traditional side of this historic city.

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Versailles Palace Tours.

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Visiting the French capital of Paris is something which many people strive to do in their lifetime. But why not think outside the box and aim to see some of the finer things located in the regions around Paris; for example, the Palace of Versailles.

Versailles Palace tours are somewhat popular, with people coming from far and wide in the hope to see one of the grandest palaces in the western world. History fans are also drawn in by the pull of the Versailles Palace as so much has previously happened on these grounds. After all, it is one of the places that sparked enough controversy during the French Revolution to play a significant role in it. continue reading

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Discover the Moulin Rouge Paris.

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blog-picRoll up, roll up! The prancing Moulin Rouge girls are calling all Parisians and visitors alike to come see their breathtaking dancing. Despite the numerous attempts to recreate this famous cabaret club, nothing else quite compares with the exquisite Moulin Rouge Paris.

It takes some skill to become a Moulin Rouge dancer, with all the acrobatic high-kicks and elaborate twirling. Only the best dancers are selected and only after vigorous training are they finally allowed to take to the stage and perform with the rest of the glamorous Doriss girls.

But it is not only the beautiful girls that take centre stage at the Moulin Rouge Paris. The costumes, made of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, attract their own audiences, and small ponies and snakes which grace the performance only add to the allure of the world’s most famous nightclub.

The Moulin Rouge Paris was built in 1889 in Pigalle, the Red Light District of Paris. It has always had a certain amount of fame, originally creating a sense of stigma as the courtesans lifted their skirts to reveal their undergarments to the viewing men. Nowadays the stigma has been replaced by a touch of inspiring glamour, especially after the 2001 film which starred Nicole Kidman as leading lady, Satine, who lived in an elephant and was admired by every man in Montmartre.

The Moulin Rouge Paris has had its own fair share of inspirational people pass through the doorways of its entrance; for example, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the famous 19th century artist who used the Moulin Rouge as the setting for many of his pieces. Toulouse-Lautrec was famed for his night-time antics, the Moulin Rouge Paris being one of his most favoured hang-outs. A place where he could spend the evening drinking alcohol and dancing with beautiful girls; who at the time used the same area as the spectating men to wow the audience with their sensational moves.

For an evening cram packed with history and glamour, be sure to experience the Moulin Rouge Paris.

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Hop on Hop off Paris tours are so convenient.

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Hop on hop off bus tours are the best, most convenient way to explore any town or city that you are visiting for the first time. Hop on hop off bus tours are especially set up with first time tourists in mind. The passes are flexible and can be used as much as required within the validity of the pass. What’s more, it means you can plan what you want to see, when you want to see it, and spend as much time as you please at the attractions, without the restrictions of following around a tour guide who tells you how long you can stay there. Hop on hop off buses drive at regular intervals on well devised routes, stopping outside some of the major attractions of that city. They are certainly the easiest way of making sure that all the noteworthy attractions are seen and experienced, in the most cost effective way.

Paris, with its extensive sightseeing attractions and masses of monuments, is a city in which it makes sense to invest in a hop on hop off Paris bus pass. The hop on hop off Paris bus pass has over 50 different stops on four, interlinked routes, making finding your way around easy and convenient.

See the Notre Dame, the beautiful cathedral which was originally erected in 1160 by Bishop Maurice de Sully. The Notre Dame is steeped in history, and also the setting for Victor Hugo’s famous novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Hop on hop off Paris buses also stop at the Arc de Triumph, the historical military monument commissioned by Napoleon, the Louvre Museum, the Moulin Rouge, the Champs Elysees, to name a few.

Hop on hop off Paris also includes personal headphones with commentary available in 8 languages and an optional Seine River cruise. You really can’t go wrong with hop on hop off Paris bus tours.

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Winter Delights in Paris

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When the chilly November winds begin howling down the boulevards of Paris, the locals simply do as they always have: Turn up their collars, go about their business and complain archly that such weather is simply un-Parisian. For visitors however, winter in Paris can reveal a trove of treasures from cosy Paris boutique hotels to glistening markets that the summer tourist will never experience. Be sure to invest in a very warm coat with all the trimmings (boots, gloves and hats are highly recommended) and stay outside – there is much to see and do in the City of Love, even in winter.

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The best things to do in Paris

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Things to do in Paris - Eiffel Tower

Based on our customer bookings and customer reviews of the past few months, here is the updated list of the best things to do in Paris, France.

Here you can find all things do to in Paris.

We welcome suggestions for new experiences to add!

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Adventures: Paris

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Valentine’s day is coming, and romance is in the air! (Or rather, the High Street shop windows are full of red, heart-shaped trinkets and pink, flowery whatnots, and you have succumbed to the pressures of consumer culture…).

Either way, you—the love-struck shopper—have one thing on your mind: what in the $%#! am I gong to get him/her? continue reading

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“Where the hell is Matt” is not a hoax

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Er…? OK, for everyone’s background, Matt Harding is a guy who admits being much better at travelling rather than coding video games. He’s been traveling around the world for a few years and, everytime, shooting short videos of himself dancing in front of landmark attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or the Lion of Singapore, from Rome to Delhi, San Francisco or Sydney and hundreds of other cities.

The videos are fun and inspiring for anyone who likes travel and cultures. They can easily be found on YouTube or Google. The latest version from 2008 is an “innovation” as Matt has been inviting locals to dance with him. continue reading

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