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Paris for the Indie Traveler

Paris for the Indie Traveler
Traveling to Paris? It’s been labelled the most beautiful, romantic, fashionable, cultural, artistic, delicious, and expensive city in the world. Where do you start? For a city that’s been stereotyped so much over time, it really is about throwing yourself right in, being willing to walk (a lot!), and being open to everything from the mundane baguette shopping each morning, to discovering a new perspective to the Louvre, to getting into a secret dinner or wine cave. That’s the best way to experience a city like this, and to let it change something inside of you forever. Paris Seasons Mild and moderately wet, Paris’ yearly average temperature is just under 55F (12 C), going below 32F (0C) in winter and over 85F (30C) in the summer. Accommodation in Paris Where to stay in Paris really depends on your budget and interests. Hostels- The cheapest option (as low as 17 Euros), hostels are a great pick if you’re all about sharing space and staying out for most of the day. Getting around

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