Paris - Disneyland
Saint-Ouen - Paris
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
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…
Stay in the Latin Quarter if you want to see the "tourist"
. Stay in Montmartre if you want to live like a Parisian.
is truly a beautiful city, give yourself plenty of time to see it or you'll miss out. Travel is easy with the Paris Metro, just grab yourself a map and you'll figure it out very quickly. Never be afraid to (politely) ask questions -- the rumors about the typical French coldness is decidedly untrue, and most people will be more than willing to help! The Arc de Triomphe is breathtaking when viewed during sunset, while the Eiffel Tower is best viewed at night. Take the stairs if you're looking for a bit of a workout! Most importantly, don't be afraid to try out a little French! You'll amuse the locals a little, and they will be a lot friendlier with you and overall much more helpful! Bonne chance!
You can't really go wrong as far as location goes when you're looking for a hostel in
. They're pretty much all within a few blocks of a metro stop, which means you're always about 10-15 minutes from anywhere in Paris. By the way, buy a multi-day metro pass rather than paying for each trip to save money.
The Montmartre area is the "real"
, away from all of the tourist and stuff. Eat at a cafe. Watch out for pushy guys in the Red Light District.
Montmartre is the best part of
, the true Paris, and the area by itself is secure. To stay in Montmartre is a must if you find a nice accommodation to stay -- don't do like me and read carefully the Paris' hostels reviews before you book online because, for some reasons, Paris is a uniformly horrible city for hostels. My parents, who backpacked in Paris in 1978, had warned me -- bad security, rip-off, showers full of mold. Trust me, it has not changed for twenty-nine years! Expect body fluids and dehydrated insects' carapaces on your bedding (not a joke, I saw that!). The area of Montmartre is absolutely gorgeous with its pedestrian streets and its famous basilica du Sacre Coeur. Go there at sunset with a bottle of wine and puckered lips. Relax as Paris lights up around you and enjoy watching people stroll by for hours.
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