Hello lovely people.
Planning to go to Paris? Planning to go to Paris, again? I told you where you could stay if you’re into typical Parisian places, but then again, maybe you’re not, and maybe you need more inside information if you feel #AlmostParisian.
Anyways, let’s talk some more about where you can stay. There are lovely apartments just outside of Paris that you can get for a lower price and since the Paris metro functions amazingly, going from A to B will not be much of a problem.
Considering the fact that you’ll need a 5-zone public transport ticket, which is more expensive than the 3-zone one (and everything you want to see is within the 3-zone area), you’ll end up paying about the same amount of money, without the luxury of staying in a neighborhood that you’ve seen in a film, or read about in a book. That leads me to:
- Choose the most appealing area and run to Airbnb. There are so many adorable places, some typical, some totally modern for as low as 30-40 Euros per night. Hotels and hostels are also a great solution, but if you want to feel Paris, then go private. Also, read the reviews carefully. You want clean and safe. The lovely terrace will not make up for the fact that the bathroom hasn’t been cleaned since the French Revolution. *Also, if you’re one of the five people on Earth that don’t have an Airbnb account, click the Airbnb link, you can sign up through my profile and get 18 Euros credit for your next booking 😉 I love them. Seriously.*
- If you can, choose Montmartre. First, you get to be a part of artistic Paris and feel the atmosphere. Yes, there are more tourists than Parisians, but it won’t matter that much when you hear a copy of Edith Piaf’s voice just around the corner of your place. From Montmartre you can walk to Sacre Coeur, then down to Pigalle, and to several clearly visible and important metro stations that can get you anywhere. And what’s wrong in taking your first coffee watching artists every morning?
- Get a ticket package. You can buy a one, two, three and five-day tickets, and it will be cheaper than buying single ones, or even a pack of ten (called carnet). If you’re too confident, you’ll end up walking a lot, and it’s a lot easier to manage when you have clearly marked metro stations, all beautifully referencing the exact area where you are.
- Be extra careful with your cell phone. What can I say, it is the most beautiful city in the world, which is why it holds all kinds of people, and all kinds of people include people who like to take other people’s iPhones. Whaddaya gonna do. I already wrote about this.
- Don’t be a typical tourist. This means don’t be annoying, of course, but what I meant to say was, don’t focus ONLY on the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Sit on a bench. Eat something sweet on foot. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the inviting chairs outside the cafes. You might start your next work of art just there. My point is, enjoy the city, but not the way a plastic tour guide would tell you to.
- Beware the people who insist on you signing things you can’t even read. They gravitate around the Tower and they’ll rob you if you’re not careful. You’ll know when you see them, and just say no.
- Can’t afford to eat out every night? Google Carrefour Paris for locations. If you’re staying in a private place and have access to a kitchen, you will be amazed at how well you can dine indoors. All that cheese, all that wine… And the gnocchi du fromage!
- Did you know that there are so many things you can do for free in Paris that you won’t be able to do them all during your trip? Notre Dame is free, for example. Balzac’s house too. Someone carefully gathered them all, as well as *sometimes* free stuff: see ParisLogue for more.
- Make sure you look beautiful, whatever that means to you. There will be pictures.
Update and Bonus Tip: If you look carefully, on Montmartre, there is an artist who paints realistic paintings of Louboutins ❤ If you can’t see them, it’s because they’re sold out (how can they not be), and you’ll recognize his realistic oldtimers.
That should be all for now. This is my Facebook page 😉
And until you get to Paris, get the feeling: this is Almost Parisian.