Paris, France

I’ve wanted to visit Paris for as long as I can remember, and luckily for me, I was given a trip there this past Christmas. We flew with easyJet from Glasgow to Charles de Gaulle on a Friday morning and had arrived at our Airbnb by around 3pm. Tickets from CDG into the city cost €10 each and once in the city we each got a 5 day metro pass costing €35 – considering it was the only mode of transport we used we more than got our monies worth.

Located in the 15th Arr., our top floor apartment came with views of the vast city, Eiffel Tower included. It totalled £220 for four nights – a fraction of what hotels with a similar view cost. The Airbnb website is rather slow and outdated, which can be infuriating at times, and so I suggest downloading the app as it works far better (at least on an iPhone).

Paris, along with many other European cities, offers free access to public museums for citizens of the European Union under the age of 26. It offers concessions for the same age group from other countries and many other people – I highly recommend looking into what identification you need to present at the desk in order to gain free of cheaper access via the museums’ website.

We attended a Paris Saint-Germain vs Bastia match on the Friday evening in the monumental Parc de Princes stadium, and despite not being the worlds’ biggest football fan I enjoyed the atmosphere and more so the food.

Our Saturday began with a lunch in a small family restaurant near our apartment named Arthur et Juliette. As long as you go to Paris aware of prices, you won’t be shocked. It is more expensive than restaurants at home, but researching prices for fifteen minutes before your trip will prepare you for the menus. It’s also important to note that most Parisian restaurants have two price lists – the cheaper options are for those dining inside, the more expensive for window tables. We then visited the Opéra which is walking distance from Les Galeries Lafayette (a mammoth shopping centre). In the evening we visited Le Musée d’Orsay (for free) which boasts masterworks from many great artists, Van Gogh, Manet and Delacroix to name a few. From there we walked, put our own padlock on a bridge enjoyed dinner in our apartment (a great way to save money in a place where meals are expensive is to utilise your accommodation’s kitchen).

Our Sunday was spent in Le Château de Versailles (as an art history student this is heaven on earth), again for free, the gloriously ostentatious palace created under Louis XIV’s rule. The photographs are no comparison to seeing the building in person, the sheer size of the building and its decadence are unlike any building I have ever seen. If I could recommend any single thing to see in Paris it would undoubtedly be Versailles. For more information on admissions to Versailles, click here.

Monday was our Disneyland day – tickets cost €80 each for an adult for both parks at the gate so again be prepared as tickets can cost half of that online when booked in advance. Luckily we brought our student cards with us and so this meant we could access both parks for €54. It was not displayed anywhere and only when the cashier asked if we were students were we made aware of the discount so share! The parks were undoubtedly worth the money and after the typhoon in Hong Kong last time I visited a Disneyland I finally got to experience it properly.

Our last day consisted of us checking out for one o’clock and wandering around Paris for a couple hours before catching our flight. We visited Notre Dame and the Louvre which, of course, is closed on a Tuesday. Lesson learned; always read up on everything you want to do on a trip before you go.


100 thoughts on “Paris, France

    1. Having been to Paris several times, I can well appreciate your excitement. Now, I didn’t scroll through your total travelogue, Caitlin; however, I sure hope that you visited La Petite Palais and Musee d’Orsay. The first was the palace of a Dauphin, heir to the throne–located nearby Notre Dame, and I was amazed at its small and simple, but elegant, chapel. The Musee is a converted train station, which houses virtually nothing except Impressionist artwork.

      Oddly enough, both are little-known to the average visitor to Paris; but, tracking them down is well worth the visit. Both are in Michelin, and various other travel guides.

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your trip. I regret never having gone there, although for many years I lived within easy travelling distance. Your images are a consolation and a compensation for what I missed.

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  3. Gorgeous photos, Cait! I’m so glad you had a lovely time in Paris and were able to do so on a budget. There’s so many free or discounted things to enjoy in the city. I’m especially glad you found the discounted Disney tickets – that’s something we had to ask for as well. 🙂

      1. Seems like a wise thing to do I reckon! Is that when you did all the backpacking? 🙂 I just started my first, had two years off – just for travel and work.

      2. Sounds dreamy! Have you already planned where to head off this summer?

        I’ve been to almost all the same places featured on your blog so it was a real delight to look through your photos etc; revisit through someone else’s pov!

      3. Pretty much, we’re starting in Lisbon and heading as far East as possible, hopefully making it to St Petersburg. Stopping off in Italy, France, Germany, Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, CR, Austria and then perhaps some Nordic countries!

      4. Wow! I am hoping to do a wee Europe-interrail myself this summer, perhaps I will bump into you lot at some hostel somewhere haha!

        I am from Sweden myself so if you do end up going there, I’d be happy to advice you if you have any queries!

  4. Gorgeous! Beautiful photography. I wish I could visit Paris. And thanks for stopping by my blog to read about my favorite towel. :- ) Always nice to meet a fellow traveler. Please come again! Jessy

  5. Caitlin, Thanks so much for liking my blog, http://www.BevilleMay.com. I stopped in to visit yours, and fell in love with your Paris post much as I fell in love with Paris when I lived there years ago. Many thanks for some of the money saving tips which I have forwarded along to my niece who is spending a semester in Spain and hopes to go to Paris. Some great ideas! Keep up the great work! Loved the pictures.

  6. Lovely blog and beautiful photos!

    Paris is a beautiful city and each time I go back, there is something new to see. I would definitely recommend that you go back!

    Your tips and recommendations are great, always felt safe on public transport in Paris.

    It sounds like you had a great time!

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