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How to visit Paris on a budget: Musee de l’Orangerie and the Eiffel Tower!

Hey guys! How’s everything going?

I’m back again today talking about the rest of my trip earlier this year to Paris. I’ve already mentioned Moulin Rouge and MontmartreArc de Triomphe and Musee d’Orsay and Notre Dame and The Louvre, so feel free to have a look at those blog posts and let me know what your favourite places are to visit in Paris!

These are some of my remaining tips and trips when roaming about the city if you’re looking to save a few pennies:

DO: Take the subway

DON’T: Buy single trips

For the fourth day, we decided to head out to the Musee de l’Orangerie as it is one of the many places on Trip Advisor to visit. Blanche the subway stop was luckily only a few streets away from us so we hopped straight on. For anyone wanting to save a few pounds this is a really easy way (and quite frankly the only way) to travel about Paris. It’s surprisingly quite cheap if you buy a 5 day or week ticket and the trains are incredibly frequent too – you’re never waiting more than a couple of minutes for a ride!

After arriving at the museum I was happy to find that I once again had free entry as I was a 16-25 citizen of an EU country (one of the many perks you can benefit from if you are of this age). There is also the opportunity for any member of the public to gain free entry on the first Sunday of each month if you plan on travelling around this time.

The l’Orangerie gallery itself is much smaller than the others and is arranged into two main levels separated by a cafe and gift shop. On the top floor you can find Claude Monet’s water lillies completely covering all four sides of the room, so much so that you feel as if you are living in the paintings. However, the gallery’s beauty does not end here: downstairs you are greeted by tonnes of different works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse etc. The collections themselves are honestly stunning so it’s definitely worth a trip when visiting Paris 🙂

DO: Take the steps up the Eiffel Tower

DON’T: Forget to attach a strap to your camera

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking to and going up the Eiffel Tower, which involved a lengthy queue through the security gates. Once into the centre however, you are free to choose how you wish to ascend the tower and after waiting ten minutes in the lift queue we opted for the stairs. I’m so happy we did! The queue for the lift was a mile long and the stairs provided a much better view of the surroundings and architecture. There were even lots of boards on the way up explaining the towers’ construction.

At the half way mark there are plenty of photo spots where people queue up to get their favourite Instagram photo and even a restaurant, cafe and ice rink too! I couldn’t believe that so much could fit into the inside of the tower. It was just a huge disappointment to find that the top of the Eiffel was closed due to the bad weather after we had come so far, but it was still absolutely amazing to be there.

To any newbie travellers I would definitely suggest bringing a strap for your camera or phone. The structure itself is similar to a metal cage, so any phones/cameras will be lost forever if you drop them. We all know that’s one of the worst things that could happen on holiday so I would more than recommend this to stop your holiday being remembered for the wrong reasons. Although, make sure you also don’t play into the hands of fraudsters around the edge and on the walk to the tower. Many artists line the streets hoping to distract you with magic or selfie sticks whilst an associate discretely mugs you. Keep a look out at all times and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit.

That’s everything for tonight! Where are your favourite places to visit when in Paris? How do you try to budget when abroad?

~Rose~

 P.s. The Eiffel also lights up beautifully at night too, so make sure you fit that in if you have the time whilst over there – it’s definitely worth it 😊

 

 

 

 

 

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How to visit Paris on a budget: Moulin Rouge and Montmartre!

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Evening everyone

As I mentioned the other day, in January I visited Paris with my mum, as it was a Christmas present for her. It was absolutely freezing, but really nice to have a break for 5 days away from everything. For any of my fellow bloggers wanting to visit, I thought I’d share with you a few posts on some of the nice and not-so-nice places to see during your stay! I also thought I’d include some tips on how to save your money if, like me, you are on a bit of a budget! Here goes:

  • Day 1 tips

DO: Consider travelling to airports further away

DON’T: Fly to airports more than 60 miles out of the centre of Paris

Before I decided to book a hotel, I had a thorough search on skyscanner for the cheapest flights I could find. This site always has such a wide range of low prices to choose from, so I knew I wanted to select a booking with them. You can also usually find the lowest price by shopping around. Keep altering the airport you want to fly from, the airport you wish to fly to and the dates of travel. This way you can save a considerable amount of money before you’ve even set off.

I decided that to cut the cost, it would be easiest to fly to Beauvais airport, which is usually the cheaper to fly to. It was then only an hour’s drive on a coach into the centre of Paris, followed by a 5 minute ride on the tube. A small portion of day 1 was therefore taken up by travelling, however, it was definitely worth it considering the money saved.

DO: Shop around for a budget hotel and consider booking directly

DON’T: Compromise on location or space

Spending some time searching for a cheap hotel will also help reduce costs considerably. Luckily after exploring my options, I found a local hotel called Hotel des Arts, situated in the beautiful surroundings of Montmartre. The hotel was also very close to a tube station, lots of lovely bakeries, and the staff were amazing, so I really enjoyed my stay there – definitely somewhere I would recommend if you’re on a budget.

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Quite often, price comparison websites have a few offers on, which can be very useful. However, do not let this fool you, these websites normally get paid commission, so it is best to visit the hotels website too. Whichever option you choose, it is first important to make sure you are happy with the location and facilities, before you go jumping into anything else!

Moulin Rouge and Montmartre

The rest of this post is just me mentioning our ventures around Montmartre on day 1. After we settled into the hotel, we had a look around the local area and the Moulin Rouge. I should clearly point out that this is one of the most expensive attractions to visit in Paris and was therefore not on our list of things to do. Elaborate shows start from 80 euros when booked in advance, to around 420 euros for a V.I.P. area with a three course meal, gifts, macaroons, bottles of champagne… you get the picture. It looked fantastic from the brochure, but we decided to leave it and grab some food instead.

Rouge Bis

From the restaurants I visited in Paris, this was my favourite. It is right next to the Blanche tube station, tucked away from tourists in the centre.The staff were incredibly friendly and the food was delicious too. Anyone that knows me will say I am obsessed with creme brulee and they had a pretty tasty one on the menu made with orange zest and biscuits! 🙂

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That’s all for now folks! I’ll mention more about some of the attractions we visited tomorrow! Stay tuned 🙂

~Rose~