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Paris Turns City Billboards Into a Free Open-Air Art Exhibition

Paris Turns City Billboards Into a Free Open-Air Art Exhibition

Paris is famously impoverished of locals throughout the month of August. But this summer, city billboards are being used for the first time as the vehicles for a free, open-air exhibition spread throughout the city to pay homage to Parisians. Until August 28, Les Parisiens features 48 whimsical illustrations by Kanako, the Japanese expat illustrator » Read more

Half of Paris’ Boulangeries Remain Open in August

Half of Paris’ Boulangeries Remain Open in August

Those who dare to visit the city of Paris in August, that infamous month when Parisians do their holy best to get out of town, have likely been confronted by a shuttered restaurant or shop with an unapologetic note on the door saying that they will be back in September and expect to see you » Read more

Paris Offers Free Citywide Parking in August

Paris Offers Free Citywide Parking in August

One of the perks of sleepy summertime Paris is the reduction in traffic and pollution, giving pedestrians room to breathe and space to stroll and allowing for more leisurely bike riding and rollerblading. You certainly do not need a car to get around the city. But if you plan to use a car in Paris » Read more

New Air France Mini Fares Offer Low Cost One-Way Flights

New Air France Mini Fares Offer Low Cost One-Way Flights

Air France’s new mini fares offer surprisingly affordable one-way flights in economy class starting at just €49 between several cities within France and throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. With prices that rival both low cost airlines and train fares on comparable routes, these sensible one-way fares mean you don’t have to buy an » Read more

Where to Get a Cheap Chic Manicure in Paris

Where to Get a Cheap Chic Manicure in Paris

The first thing many American women notice when they land in Paris is the dearth of affordable nail salons on every corner like you might find in NYC or Los Angeles. French magazines and bloggers have long extolled the joys of the American nail salon and the affordable stateside luxury that is the mani-pedi. But » Read more

Which hotel amenities do you really need?

Which hotel amenities do you really need?

D’you know who sneaked into my stateroom at three o’clock this morning? …  Nobody, and that’s my complaint! – Groucho Marx, Monkey Business Apparently Groucho was alluding to the lack of some “unclassified” amenity in that film scene. But all jokes aside, travelers often give an exaggerated sense of importance to certain amenities in the » Read more

Free Walking Tours with Real Parisians

Free Walking Tours with Real Parisians

Looking for a free guided tour of some untouristy corner of Paris and a way to actually meet a local other than a shopkeeper or a waiter? Part of the Global Greeter Network, Paris Greeters is an all-volunteer organization made up of outgoing tour guides who are passionate about their neighborhoods and anxious to share » Read more

Paris Gets a New Make-Out Spot

Paris Gets a New Make-Out Spot

The Tour St. Jacques between Châtelet and Hôtel de Ville has long been a towering fixture of the Right Bank skyline. The flamboyant Gothic 16th-century tower is all that remains of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, a medieval-style church that was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1793. It was reborn as a bell tower, a 19th-century bullet-making factory » Read more

The Seine Gets a Makeover

The Seine Gets a Makeover

The banks of the Seine river in Paris are a listed World Heritage site. In June, a month before Paris Plages set up shop in two locations along the river, the city returned a once car-clogged stretch of picturesque Left Bank riverside land to pedestrians. “Les Berges,” the more than three-year, 35 million ($47 million) » Read more

To Save on Shopping in Paris, Don’t Ignore This Tourist Perk

To Save on Shopping in Paris, Don’t Ignore This Tourist Perk

One of the benefits of being a tourist is the 12% tax refund that is available to non EU-residents who plan on shopping while on vacation in Paris (and throughout most of Europe). There is a minimum purchase and a bit of paperwork to fill out, plus you will need to leave extra time at » Read more

How to Keep Your iPhone Safe in Paris… and What to Do If It Gets Stolen

How to Keep Your iPhone Safe in Paris… and What to Do If It Gets Stolen

More than half a million iPhones are stolen every year in Paris, and a majority of thefts on public transport, whether by pickpockets or more hands-on violent thieves, are targeted at iPhone owners. Here are some common sense tips about how to protect yourself before you leave for Paris, how to hamper a thief’s chances » Read more

Gourmet Picnic Ideas for Your Paris Hotel Room

Gourmet Picnic Ideas for Your Paris Hotel Room

To save on eating out or combat restaurant/waiter fatigue in Paris, sometimes it’s nice to stay in and enjoy a simple meal in your room. But we have watched one too many tourists wander through the dreary aisles of a French supermarket scavenging like lost urban seagulls for industrially made scraps when all of Paris » Read more

Make Every Penny Count in Paris

Make Every Penny Count in Paris

We’ve given suggestions on how to avoid racking up ATM fees and offered an argument against indiscriminately using credit cards while traveling with your American wallet in Paris. To help you combat the stress of handling loose euro change and avoid ending up with an unused pile of centimes at the end of your trip, » Read more

How to Save Money on Breakfast in Paris

How to Save Money on Breakfast in Paris

Breakfast in a Parisian café can be a lovely way to start your morning, but if you’re not careful it can also turn out to be a sorely overpriced treat. Here are a few pointers for enjoying the most important meal of the day without blowing your budget before lunch. Avoid the English-Speaking French Breakfast » Read more

3 Ways to Save Money Riding the Bus in Paris

3 Ways to Save Money Riding the Bus in Paris

The Paris Métro is quick and efficient, but when time isn’t an issue, we prefer riding the public bus. Wait times are longer and despite the dedicated bus lanes, traffic can slow you down. But you can step off easily if something catches your eye, and the big picture windows are a perfect way to » Read more

Paris: A Cheapo Day in the 20th Arrondissment

Paris: A Cheapo Day in the 20th Arrondissment

For those who have been to Paris and feel like they’ve seen it all, head to the city’s 20th arrondissement for a change of pace. While not necessarily an “it” place to go, it’s just this lack of luster that makes it appeal to locals as a place to live and hang out. To see: » Read more

Two Paris Hot Spots Film Buffs Shouldn’t Miss

Two Paris Hot Spots Film Buffs Shouldn’t Miss

This film-loving city in the land where cinema was invented is home to a handful of state-subsidized cultural institutions dedicated to preserving the history of French film and document the city’s past and present. Open to the public, these collections offer an inexpensive, entertaining way to revisit classic films and get some perspective on Paris » Read more

Advice on Using Credit Cards in Paris

Advice on Using Credit Cards in Paris

Many people prefer to pay for everything with plastic, to keep tabs on spending, accumulate rewards points or not have to hassle with ATMS or making change. But a brilliant system for managing your budget on home turf doesn’t always work when traveling in Europe, and hidden costs from using your American credit card abroad » Read more

Free Ways to Cool Down When Paris Heats Up

Free Ways to Cool Down When Paris Heats Up

Average temperatures in summertime Paris hover at a reasonable 77 degrees Fahrenheit, which is one of the reasons that air conditioning in the French capital is considered more luxury than necessity. But Paris weather can be as moody and unpredictable as a French man in love. And when temperatures soar, this means that traditional urban » Read more

Paris Goes to the Beach July 20-August 18

Paris Goes to the Beach July 20-August 18

In the summer of 2002, newly elected socialist Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë transformed the banks of the Seine into a sandy beach. The philosophy behind this spectacular gesture? To provide an urban oasis and a gathering place for cash-strapped Parisians on a staycation as well as the hordes of tourists who flock to the » Read more

New Free Walking Tour App for Paris-Loving Cinéphiles

New Free Walking Tour App for Paris-Loving Cinéphiles

Perhaps in part because Paris has been a backdrop for so many films, it’s impossible to stroll through the city without occasionally believing you have wandered onto a movie set. Cinemacity is a new free app produced by the city of Paris in conjunction with Arte TV that allows movie geeks to turn any Paris » Read more

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Sometimes budget-minded travelers are so preoccupied with saving on big things like hotels and flights that they end up losing money in more stealthy ways, like spending unnecessarily by failing to embrace cultural differences. One way to avoid letting your trip to Paris burn a hole in your wallet? Think twice before you tip. Americans » Read more

Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Bastille Day Weekend in Paris

Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Bastille Day Weekend in Paris

Here are some budget-friendly ideas for how to celebrate French independence if you find yourself in the nation’s capital for Bastille Day this weekend. Warming Up Every year, Bastille Day (July 14) kicks off with the fireman’s brigade ball on the evening of July 13, where you can go and dance the night away (until » Read more

3 Paris Pharmacies That Sell French Beauty Products for Less

3 Paris Pharmacies That Sell French Beauty Products for Less

Models, beauty editors, bloggers, make-up artists and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow are always obsessing about the French pharmacy and its legendary selection of cult beauty products. These secret weapons aren’t overpriced luxury items sold in department stores but no-nonsense everyday staples that can be found in every French person’s medicine cabinet (and in every make-up » Read more

How to Score Discount Movie Tickets in Paris

How to Score Discount Movie Tickets in Paris

Going to the movies is a no-brainer of a cheap date pretty much anywhere in the world. But France is the birthplace of cinema, and the Lumière brothers invented the concept when they held their first paid public film screening in Paris in 1895. Today the French are Europe’s number one movie-going population (and in » Read more

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