Paris is a wonderful capital city with something for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or interests. While it is very much associated with romantic breaks, couples, families, and groups of friends can have an amazing time there too. It has many famous landmarks and is a place many people feel that they know quite a lot about before they even go, but there are some things many people forget to consider when they go to Paris.

Planning ahead

To ensure you have a great time, planning and preparing are well worth it. Although it initially might not seem like much fun having a schedule and your plans set out for each day to get the best out of Paris and make sure you can see and do as much as you can in the time you’re there, you need to plan things out in advance. Part of your preparations should always include arranging cheap travel insurance to ensure you’re covered for all eventualities. It’s also best to work out how much currency you will need and shop around for it before you go, as you’ll get a far better deal this way than if you have to exchange money at a tourist hotspot once you’re there.

Free activities

Everybody knows the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musée d’Orsay, but it is also well worth making the most of all the free attractions Paris offers (and there are plenty). Notre Dame Cathedral is a must-see and is free, besides optional extras such as a climb up the 387 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower. The less well-known but equally spectacular Sainte-Chapelle also offers free entry to all EU citizens under the age of 26, children on family visits, and disabled people plus their caregivers, which is worth bearing in mind.

For a relaxing picnic in the sunshine, you can’t beat the Jardin du Luxembourg with its spectacular formal gardens, beautifully kept lawns, and orchards boasting various fruit. Other must-see attractions that cost nothing include the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

If sporting events are of interest, freebies include the Tour de France finish and the Paris Marathon.

Eating and drinking

Like many popular tourist destinations, the best places for enjoying a meal and wine are a little off the beaten track. The best indicator of whether somewhere is worth eating is whether locals go there: if it’s full of tourists without a Parisian in sight, move along. If you explore many of the smaller, winding streets away from the hustle and bustle, you will find high-quality French cuisine, good wines, and reasonable prices. Even in the centre of Paris, in the right areas, some restaurants only have their menu written in French, and staff may not speak much English (so have your dictionary ready!)

In conclusion, Paris has so much to offer, and by planning ahead, you can make the most of your trip. Don’t forget to explore the free attractions, enjoy a relaxing picnic, and try some of the local cuisine in the lesser-known areas. With these insider tips, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time in the City of Light. Bon voyage!


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