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• The best affordable restaurants and bars
• Ways to save on transportation
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Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

The “bateaux mouches,” Paris’ pleasure boats, are a surefire way to spend an hour or so any evening or night. The Seine is best experienced by night, when monuments are illuminated and feet are generally tired and ready for a break. Originally from Lyon, these boats have been a top attraction for tourist since the » Read more

Paris: 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer

Paris: 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer

Planning a trip to Paris this summer? Your won’t be alone–or wanting for things to do. From “beaching it” along the Seine to exhibits of Titanic proportions, the city offers summer visitors plenty of opportunities to relax, indulge, learn and be entertained. Here’s my list of 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer: 1. Paris » Read more

Paris: Our “under the radar” list of the 12th arrondissement’s best budget hotels

Paris: Our “under the radar” list of the 12th arrondissement’s best budget hotels

The upbeat 12th arrondissement of Paris is in a constant process of reinventing itself and today constitutes one of the city’s most modern districts, with several upscale urban renewal projects to its name. A predominantly business and residential district, the 12th was traditionally regarded as one the less touristy quarters of Paris. Today, however, visitors » Read more

10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors to Paris

10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors to Paris

Your first time in Paris can be stressful, to say the very least. Among the stresses encountered when planning the trip is anticipating the costs–how much is this trip really going to cost, and what can you do about it? Like most major cities, Paris can be quite pricey, especially for first-time visitors who don’t » Read more

Only in Paris: A New Guide to the French Capital

Only in Paris: A New Guide to the French Capital

Is it even possible to write a fresh word on Paris? “La ville lumière” is Europe’s most celebrated destination for tourists and it has attracted a galaxy of fine travel writers. The dust had hardly settled after the Napoleonic Wars before a flood of English-language guidebook writers descended on the city. Edward Planta’s 1814 guide » Read more

Paris: What makes a budget hotel special?

Paris: What makes a budget hotel special?

As my regular readers will have caught on to by now, I’m a huge fan of budget hotels, and specifically those in Paris. I visit them, stay in them and follow their changes (and sadly for some, their transformation into boutique hotels). I see them as a force of good in travel, a way for » Read more

Paris: 14 excellent budget hotels in the nearby suburbs

Paris: 14 excellent budget hotels in the nearby suburbs

Strictly speaking, the suburbs of Paris (“la banlieue”) are those communes that lie beyond Paris “intramuros,” in other words, outside the Peripheral Boulevard, the highway that runs around the city. While the word “banlieue” is meant to be a socially neutral term, the media often use it in a derogatory sense that is inexact and » Read more

Solo Travel in Paris: Simple tips for visiting Paris on your own

Solo Travel in Paris: Simple tips for visiting Paris on your own

Paris is a city for couples, and the countless number of lovers embracing in the streets is a constant reminder. But solo travelers needn’t shy away from the City of Light. Take it from an expert – there are plenty of ways to indulge in Paris on your own! Here are some tips I’ve developed » Read more

Paris: 5 hotels in the 10th and 11th that should be on the Cheapo radar

Paris: 5 hotels in the 10th and 11th that should be on the Cheapo radar

A few weeks ago I wrote about some favorite budget hotels in Paris’ less-touristic 19th and 20th arrondissements. These are great small hotels that I believe are too often dismissed by travelers as not central enough for their trips. However, as I pointed out, Paris’ northeast quarter is buzzing these days, and travelers seeking out » Read more

Paris Art Museums and Galleries: 5 ways to save on art

Paris Art Museums and Galleries: 5 ways to save on art

With its world class museums, Paris is a veritable feast for art lovers. If you’re planning on spending some of your time in the French capital soaking up all that glorious artwork on display, then it’s worth planning on how to get the most out of it. The majority of the city’s museums charge an » Read more

Paris: Who wins when budget hotels go boutique?

Paris: Who wins when budget hotels go boutique?

Legend has it that Oscar Wilde remarked shortly before his death: “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” The comment pertained to the hotel room where he was staying, which would become his final resting place. These days, the same building houses » Read more

Paris: 7 public buses that are great for cheapo sightseeing

Paris: 7 public buses that are great for cheapo sightseeing

There is a certain, almost voyeuristic charm to taking the buses in Paris. While plenty of tourist buses pack visitors in and offer them headsets to learn about the history of the major monuments, why not opt for a more local soundtrack? If nothing else, at €1.80 a ticket, riding the public buses is definitely » Read more

Paris: 5 Budget hotels with boutique style

Paris: 5 Budget hotels with boutique style

When looking for your home away from home in Paris, there are a few things to consider: location, comfort, ambiance, and, of course, price. But just because you’d rather save on accommodation and spend your cash on the many other fine things Paris has to offer doesn’t mean you have to settle for a shabby, » Read more

Paris: Popular budget hotels in less touristic neighborhoods

Paris: Popular budget hotels in less touristic neighborhoods

Northeast Paris is witnessing an interesting phenomenon. In this multicultural collage of gritty historic neighborhoods, bohemian quarters and more recently, piecemeal gentrification, several independently-run, quality budget hotels are enjoying increased popularity with travelers, thanks mostly to word-of-mouth. While these properties may be too far away from the traditional touristic routes for some tourists, other travelers » Read more

L’Aperitif in Paris: 3 trendy “happy hour” spots for Cheapos

L’Aperitif in Paris: 3 trendy “happy hour” spots for Cheapos

After a day of meandering through Paris’ museums, trolling boutiques or pounding the cobblestones as you see the sights, there’s nothing quite like taking a load off and parking yourself at a corner café to partake in that most pleasant of French table traditions, “l’apéritif,” or “l’apéro” for short. The French cherish that time of » Read more

Paris: 11 cheap hotels with personality

Paris: 11 cheap hotels with personality

When it comes to budget hotels in Europe, Paris is in a class of its own. Although it has a reputation as a city possessed by glamor and glitz (with prices to match), Paris still offers a range of inexpensive hotel options that make it surprisingly reasonable to visit. In our guide to Paris, we’ve » Read more

Paris: 7 cheapo food spots that do one delicious thing extremely well

Paris: 7 cheapo food spots that do one delicious thing extremely well

It’s market day and the Parisians go from the fruit stand to the cheese shop to the butcher – such a quaint way to shop, right? Well, actually, you’re just as likely to find Parisians going to the Monoprix or Carrefour supermarkets for a one-stop fix on all groceries, so this image is a bit » Read more

Religious Accommodations in Rome and Paris: Comparing convent-ional cheap sleeps

Religious Accommodations in Rome and Paris: Comparing convent-ional cheap sleeps

A few weeks ago, cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio checked in at the Domus Internationalis Paulus VI, a clerics’ hotel in Rome, before the launching of the secret electoral conclave that would lead to the Papal election. A few days later, now the new Pope, Padre Bergoglio religiously paid his bill while checking out. The final » Read more

Paris: The secret hotel list of a cheapo connoisseur

Paris: The secret hotel list of a cheapo connoisseur

How wonderful are the little hotel gems of the world. These are the small hotels whose reputation stems from their fans’ word of mouth. A certain degree of secrecy is kept about their very existence. As one who studies the cheap hotel scene in Paris, I can tell you that some of the city’s finest » Read more

And the award for “Best Train Station in Paris” goes to…

And the award for “Best Train Station in Paris” goes to…

With six major train stations including two of the busiest in Europe, it’s time to take a look at all of Paris’ historic “gares” that may – or may not – play a vital role in your French escapes.  Airplanes can sometimes be cheaper, but nothing beats the experience and convenience of taking a train » Read more

Paris: Staying on the Ile Saint-Louis

Paris: Staying on the Ile Saint-Louis

Choosing the right area to stay in a city is a key factor in shaping a memorable visit. In Paris we have over the years opted for hotels in many different parts of the French capital. We have tried chic hotels off the Champs-Élysees and budget options around the Bastille. We know bright and airy » Read more

Paris Velib’ Update: New ways to get a bike, find parking and stay safe

Paris Velib’ Update: New ways to get a bike, find parking and stay safe

The Parisian Vélib’ program is still the standard for bike share programs worldwide (or at least we like to think). Fortunately for visitors, the service has become simpler than ever. Those without a puce, or microchip in their card, were once out of luck when trying to take a bike from a stand. But over » Read more

Introducing Ouigo, France’s new budget TGV

Introducing Ouigo, France’s new budget TGV

Well, it has finally happened. The SNCF, France’s national railway monopoly, is launching a new low-cost rail service christened “Ouigo” that will begin service on April 2, 2013. Ultra-cheap introductory tickets are now officially available through the Ouigo website. At just €10 (ten, dix, diez, X – just to be clear, it’s not a typo!) » Read more

Paris: 10 Tips for Riding the Metro Like a Local

Paris: 10 Tips for Riding the Metro Like a Local

Riding the Metro is a staple of everyday life for Parisians.  But the unwritten code of conduct isn’t something that comes instinctively to the 47 people who take the 14 different lines every second (roughly 1.5 billion people per year, on par with New York). Here are ten tips to help you fit in like a local » Read more

Paris in the Winter: Tasty and cheapo ways to stay warm in the drizzle

Paris in the Winter: Tasty and cheapo ways to stay warm in the drizzle

It’s cold.  It’s snowy.  It’s winter.  Hey, it’s Paris.  There’s no reason to stay inside even if the weather would suggest otherwise.  A few easy suggestions will still allow you to stroll the famous streets and avenues of Paris even if subzero temperatures try to foil your trip. 1. Dress the part It’s funny how » Read more

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