Who says that Paris was expensive… In fact, it is if you follow the usual touristic path of the City of Light. But discovering Paris can be very cheap… Just follow me!
1- Admire the great view of Paris from the Le Printemps Rooftop. The rooftop patio of this famous French department store offers a panoramic view of Paris and the back side of the Opera Garnier. One of the best of Paris!
2- Enjoy the calm and serenity of Notre Dame Cathedral early in the morning, during the mass. You will have the cathedral pretty much for yourself. Or go for a free organ recital which takes place every Saturday at 8 pm in Notre Dame Cathedral.
3- Don’t pay to enter Louvre Museum: every first Sunday of the month between October and March. The lesser crowded “Porte des Lions” entrance will enable you a quicker access to the Mona Lisa or the Venus the Milo.
4- Discover the history of Paris at the beautiful Musée Carnavalet, located in a superb 16th-century mansion in the Marais area. Then stroll in Le Marais district, see the Jewish Quarter of rue des Rosiers and end your tour with the stunning Place des Vosges.
5- Discover the 16th chic district and « fashion lover » quartier de Passy and go along until place du Trocadero.
From there admire the Eiffel Tower.
At night the twinkling lights go on for 5 minutes every hour from sunset to 1 am.
6- Admire the masterpieces of Sonia Delaunay, Picasso, Matisse or Braque at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, one of the 2 greatest modern art museums in Paris.
7- Just as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, all museums belonging to the City of Paris (Vie Romantique, Cognac Jay, Zadkine, Cernusci, Victor Hugo, Balzac) as well as the Atelier Brancusi are free of charge.
8- Seak the final resting places of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and more at the Père Lachaise Cemetery: It is not just a cemetery, it’s truly a wonderful garden and open air museum.
9- Stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin and discover this new gentrified boho district
10- Walk at the Promenade Plantée (ou Coulée Verte): just as the High Line in New York, these old train tracks respectively in the 12th and 15th arrondissements have been turned into lush, elevated walking paths and served as decor in the movie « Before Sunset »
More good addresses and insiders advice in my Paris guide!