Paris for FREE

Written by  Kat Mackintosh

Like the song says Paris is lovely in every season, though often it’s lovely at a price. While visiting all Paris’s Art Museums and shopping on the Champs-Elysess may end up emptying your wallet of euros there are plenty of things to do in Paris gratuitement(for free).

If you’re in Paris for the art you can save by planning your trip around the magical first Sunday of the month when the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée Rodin offer free entry. If you’re under 25 the Louvre will also let you in for free on Friday evenings. Mind you, you need to make sure you get a good weekend deal at one of the many good value Paris hotels.

If you love Paris for its history then just a wander though the streets will warm your heart, but try strolling towards Le Musee du Parfum where you’ll be able to go on a free guided tour and learn all about the history of Paris staple, perfume. If it’s the Parisians who’ve shaped history you’re interested in aim for the Musée Curie or the Maison de Victor Hugo. Or Pére Lachaise might be more up your graveyard: here you can visit some of Paris’s most famous ex-citizens, Moliere, Chopin, Balzac, Edith Piaf, Colette, Sarah Bernhardt, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde Isadora Duncan and Jim Morrison and marvel at the colourful lives that have passed though this city of lights and helped it sparkle.

Parisian architecture is there to be admired by all at no cost, but for closer inspection there are no greater works than Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur. Both are ancient representations of Parisian style, culture and history and decorated inside with utmost care. In both churches you’re welcome to join mass or just pass through quietly admiring, but again timing is key, if you arrive at the right time you’ll enjoy the uplifting chords of the choir and get a free concert into the bargain as well.

Paris’s green spaces are another great free attraction, places to play the flaneur and watch the world go by or picnic on fresh baguette soft cheese. The Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg are probably the most famous and admiring the view from one for the complimentary deckchairs you’ll be mingling with locals from all the way along the pay scale as has always been the point of egalitarian, gay Paris.

Paris style is another thing you can do for less – you may be able to do no more than window shop along the Avenue Montaigne, but if you’ve saved your cents elsewhere you may be able to a bit more at the Marché aux Puces or Saint-Ouen Market, two of Paris’s best flea markets - well all those stylish goods are too nice to throw away after only one user! And a wander through the Marais is historic, cultural and allows you to peruse the shop windows for outfits you plan to homage(copy reverently).

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