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Paris on a budget

The view from our apartment.  Beat that, Best Western!

Paris isn’t easy to do on the cheap.  We spent an average of $170 a day  and felt like we were actually being pretty thrifty.  But there are some steps you can take to minimize the damage. Be smart about where you stay We found our lodging – a small studio apartment in the 6th arrondissement with a futon bed and no AC or fan – on AirBnb.com for $90/night.  It was two minutes from two different metro stops and surrounded by bakeries, had a great view of the Eiffel Tower, and had…

Thoughts on Paris


After one week in Paris, here are some of our observations on the City of Light, which we realize are identical to those that are realized by every single tourist who comes here. 1. Paris is lovely.  Parisians do parks well.  Also, gardens.  And public fountains where kids can swim in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. And although there are no signs asking you not to do so, no one walks on the grass in the parks – unless there is a sign that specifically says ‘walking on the…

Watching the Tour de France in Paris


In keeping with our habit of traveling to places right before significant cultural events that we had no idea were taking place, we flew to Paris four days before the finish of the 100th Tour de France, which famously ends with the riders doing a circuit of the Champs-Elysees before crowds of hundreds of thousands. So of course we had to go watch. This year, for the first time in the race’s history, it ended in the evening, with the riders peddling past Parisian icons lit up in the twilight. This…