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Top 20 free attractions in Paris

Top 20 free attractions in Paris
City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise…Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a very cheap date. Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic French market, let yourself be seduced by our top 20 must-sees. They are all are completely gratuit, letting you save the euros for the really important stuff: wine, cheese and a flashing Eiffel Tower keyring you’ll regret the minute you return home. 1. Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris Festooned with gargoyles and gothic touches, this imposing Parisian icon is essential for every visitor. 2. Window-shopping (or lécher les vitrines to the locals) is a great way to take an indulgent peek at objets d’art and wild curiosities you’d never actually buy. 3. A lift to the peak of the Eiffel Tower can squeeze the budget at €13.40 per ticket, but luckily the views below are just as stunning. 4. 5. 6.

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Top Free Things to Do in Paris - Free Things to Do in Paris France As a capital of luxury, designer fashion and champagne-drenched soirées, Paris may seem inaccessible for travelers on a tight budget. But behind the opulent veneer lies a city that offers scores of free attractions and activities, no matter the season. It's true that you can easily spend a fortune in Paris-- but it's also true that you can get away with spending very little and still head home having seen a lot. Without further ado, here are the top free things to do in Paris. 2. The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet - Golden Book Traveler Update: Visit the 2012 version of The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet I hope that everyone who attended my SXSW Core Conversation panel on How to Make Money Traveling Around the World enjoyed the presentation. As promised, I have a listing of my top 20 favorite travel websites (in no particular order).

The unsung museums of Paris Pass through La Pinacothèque during the weekday lunch hour, and you'll soon realise that if there's one thing that rivals a Parisian's obsession with food, it's art. Although French lunches can be famously long, many of the daytime visitors to La Pinacothèque had apparently sacrificed their midday meal in order to find a different type of satiation. This passion for art, and culture in general, is reflected in the vast number of museums in Paris. According to the municipality there are 204 of them, one of the highest such counts in the world. Everyone knows the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée d'Orsay, but with some 200 others, you could come to Paris dozens of times and still see something new on each trip. Fans of Impressionism are no doubt familiar with the Monet collections at L'Orangerie or the Musée Marmottan; likewise, enthusiasts of Asian art will have almost certainly heard of the Musée Guimet.