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Paris is an extremely accessible city thanks to the metro. It would be especially helpful if your hostel location is near a metro station. If you are staying for at least 3 days, purchase a "Paris Visite" ticket which will save you time and money. Enjoy the Parisian life by buying cheese and chocolates from the supermarket which will only cost you a few euros. Take advantage of the many offered free tours and free museum entrance within the city.
I would rent an apartment for ten days, that's what I always do in the Latin Quarter. This way you immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. You can buy fresh croissants every morning and have coffee on your balcony overlooking the city (most apartments have some sort of terrace). Notre Dame, the beautiful Sainte-Chapelle (holy chapel), Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe is a one-day affair (start early) and you can even fit in a cocktail in the evening on the roof of La Samaritaine at Pont Neuf overlooking the Seine. You need at least a day for the Louvre or any museum for that matter. Versailles is a day trip or at least most of a day but worth seeing the extravagance. Don't cram in too much sightseeing or your trip will seem over in a flash. The best and only way to experience Paris is just walking, riding the Metro and getting lost, spend at least a day doing this. The Metro is very easy to navigate with color-coded maps in every station and on every car. You can never really get…
Paris is wonderful. I just finished backpacking across Europe for 5 weeks and it is my favourite place! Try the Berthillon gelato on the Island. Accept no substitutes...it is the best stuff you will ever eat. Also try a Chocolate Crepe with real chocolate (not Nutella). It may be on the menu as Crepe du Chocolate du Maison. And try to speak some French! The locals will laugh with you, try to help you and overall be friendlier. Oh, and watch for the dog poop on the sidewalks!
My advice is stay in the Latin Quarter for total funkiness! Also, go up the Eiffel Tower at night, other places like Notre Darme and the Arc will give you great views of the city too, so do those in the day and go up the tower in the night time. They do a light show and it's gorgeous. Also, unless you are in Paris for a full week, the travel pass isn't worth it. Just buy individual tickets or walk.
Paris, it was as beautiful as everything I had read. I just returned from Paris and I am in love. Everything is within walking distance from the Metro/RER system. The Parisians are very warm, friendly, and helpful (especially the police). It is true that Parisians dress well, but that can be said for most of Europe, so if you go to Europe in general, try to dress a little better than you usually do. I fortunately wore black most of my stay, so I fit right in. As far as the "snobbiness" - I did not encounter any. The French were most charming and happy to help me. (I do speak French, so perhaps that was my ticket). I took a night train from Paris to Rome and made some great friends! Train is the way to go - buy one of those Eurail passes! They are well worth the money! Ciao!
Stay in the Latin Quarter if you want to see the "tourist" Paris. Stay in Montmartre if you want to live like a Parisian.


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