Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Guest Post - Hayley from Strangeness & Charm



My final guest post for this week is from Hayley who blogs at Strangeness & Charm. She has kindly agreed to post some of her lovely Paris trip pictures here, and share with you her tips on visiting Paris on a budget! I've bagged some useful tips here, thank you Hayley! 


Tips for visiting Paris on a budget


Hello! My name's Hayley and I write a blog over at Strangeness & Charm. As Angela is off on her holidays, I thought I'd write a travel post for her readers. I've recently got back from Paris and also went in October so I've got some tips for visiting Paris on a budget.



Getting to Paris

I've been to Paris three different ways - by coach (and ferry), by Eurostar and by plane. I've found that the best way to get there is by Eurostar. Although it isn't as quick as flying, it goes right to the centre of Paris to Gare du Nord which is one of the main stations, there isn't as strict a baggage allowance as you get at the airports and, if you book three months in advance when the tickets become available, you can get a return for just £69.



Travelling around Paris

Paris has an underground system a lot like London's, however I've found that it's a lot more pleasant. The Metro has 16 different lines and can look quite daunting when you first look at the map but it is very easy to navigate. If you're there for more than a day, you can get tickets which last several days. The three day ticket costs around 25 Euros which is great value. You have to be careful though as the tickets are tiny and I managed to lose mine after just one journey. You can also walk from one tourist attraction to the next in Paris, you can walk from the Arc de Triomphe down to Notre Dame and take in the scenery along the river.



Eating in Paris

One of the main reasons people go to Paris is for the food. There's gorgeous patisseries and bistros on almost every street serving up authentic French cuisine. If you have a wander round and go a bit further away from the main tourist attractions, you can have a delicious French meal at a reasonable price. One of my favourite meals when I went in October last year was at a place called Le Rey which is in Bastille. We also found that a little cafe opposite Sacre Coeur called Le Ronsard did the most delicious Croque Monsieur and pomme frites. It's also great fun to check out a McDonalds in Paris as most of them have McCafes which serve macarons, cheesecakes and many different varieties of coffee - just what you want when you're walking down Champs Elysees and in need a quick coffee break.



Tourist Attractions

A lot of the main attractions in Paris charge an admission fee, however if you're under 25 and the holder of an EU passport, you can get in many of these places for free. We managed to get in the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, up the Arc de Triomphe and up the towers of Notre Dame for free, just by showing our passports. I'm so glad we found out about this as it saved us a lot of money.



Souvenirs

If you're like me, you'll want to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family back home or even for yourself. There's a lot of illegal sellers wandering around the major tourist attractions and while their goods are cheap, it's not worth buying anything from them. I found a lot of decently priced souvenir shops along Rue de Rivoli (between the Metro stops St Paul and Concorde) and also in Montmartre near Sacre Couer and also in the Red Light District. Most of the time the shop keepers will try to persuade you to buy things by offering you a discount, so it's always worth trying to haggle!


I hope you enjoyed my tips, if you want to read about my trips to Paris, you can find them all here.