Ever since I was little, I've dreamed of walking the streets of Paris all dressed up. When my sister asked me to visit the city with her, I was so excited. Paris is one of those whimsical places that looks beautiful wherever you go and has something for everyone. Especially for a gal like me who loves to shop!
We stayed in the Le Marais neighborhood which is affordable as well as ethnically and culturally diverse. Traditionally, Le Marais was known as a Jewish neighborhood but now includes many diverse backgrounds. During our stay, we ate authentic Tunisian sweets from a bakery and had Mexican food from an Indian owned restaurant. Le Marais is close to Musée du Louvre, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Palais-Royal, and Pont Neuf bridge. By staying in the Le Marais neighborhood, we were only 3 blocks from the République train station which allowed us to quickly connect to other parts of the city.
We purchased a 3-day Paris Metro train pass for 26 Euros (about 29 dollars). This was a deal considering we used the train multiple times a day to get around. Without the travel pass, we would have had to stop and buy a different train ticket at every single stop which would have delayed us making certain connections and cost us more money in the long run.
Shopping on Champs-Élysées, taking pictures at Arc de Triomphe, seeing the whole city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, attending a service at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and browsing art at the Louvre, are all musts when in Paris. Also, many of the museums such as Musée d'Orsay offer reduced rate tickets for individuals who are 26 years old or under. Of course, no visit to Paris is complete without seeing Palace of Versailles. Versailles is about an hour away from Paris and is accessible by train or car. We took the train and only had to walk 5 blocks from the train station to the Palace.
Check out more photos from my Paris trip below (click on the photos to view in full size):
Lola is a multimedia journalist. This blog is a space for her to share budget travel tips and her travel experiences.