Paris 101

That waiter over there? Yeah, he’s judging you.

Paris leaves an impression on everyone, from students perfecting their langue française to tourists who wonder why the French don’t pronounce half the consonants in each word. This city has been home to countless films, daydreams, and kings named Louis, and it easily destroys all diets with its arsenal of buttery croissants and delicate pastries. Nearly everyone in the world idealizes Paris, whether it’s for the Eiffel Tower, the intellectual literary cafes, or the impossibly chic and be-scarfed denizens of the city. But don’t let yourself be disillusioned by ideals—yes, everyone is in love with Paris, but this place can be rough. When you get Englished for the first time (when your mangled French inquiry is interrupted with an English response), you’ll start to realize that your Converse won’t cut it after all and that maybe you should have paid more attention in French class. Paris will charm and bitchslap you with equal gusto, but don’t get too le tired—think of it as a gentle form of Parisian hazing. Once you learn your way around the narrow, cobblestoned streets and nail down your merci, beaucoup, Paris will be more spectacular than ever. Some tiny corner of it will be yours in memory and experience, whether it’s admiring a painting in an empty room at the Louvre (they exist), listening to the bells of Notre Dame chime as you sit by the Seine, sunbathing in the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg, or biting into your first Nutella banana crêpe. Slow down and don’t worry about how well you’re fitting in—this city is big and captivating enough for everyone to claim their little slice.

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The Paris Top 5

  • Panthéon

    If there’s one building that doesn’t know the meaning of antidisestablishmentarianism, it’s the Panthéon.

  • Musée d'Orsay

    Aesthetic taste is fickle. When a handful of artists were rejected from the Louvre salon in the 19th century, they opened an exhibition across the way, prompting both the scorn of stick-up-their-arses académiciens and the rise of Impressionism. Today, people line up at the Musée d’Orsay to see this collection of groundbreaking rejects.

  • Jardin des Tuileries

    The gardens grew as each successive king added something to call his own.

  • Centre Pompidou

    The center’s functions are as varied as its colors; it serves as a cultural theme park of ultra-modern exhibition, performance, and research space.

  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

    Not your average Parisian park, the Buttes-Chaumont was modeled after Hyde Park in London, but it seems more like Pandora from "Avatar."


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Paris Blogs

309, 2015
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10 Tips for a Cheap Solo Weekend in Paris

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Subtitled: the blind leading the blind; I actually spent 175 Euro but I wouldn’t have had I done the metro better and bought fewer pastries.

Yes, look at hostel prices, but also look at the online reviews of hostel breakfasts. If it’s good, it will add value. If it’s not good, you’ll effectively pay twice for breakfast. Which brings us to…
Eat only two meals a day. Maybe this won’t work unless you’re a small human like me, but I had to choose between quality and quantity and opted for the former. I ate hostel […]

10 Tips for a Cheap Solo Weekend in Paris was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by Siobhan McDonough
109, 2015
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Extreme Budget Travel: Day 1 in Paris

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Paris has been covered on this blog/site/everywhere else in the universe, and since everyone covering it is more knowledgeable/competent than I, I’m going to take this time not to talk about sights, but to out myself as an extreme budget traveler.

I am an extreme budget traveler (let’s repeat this). This is honestly part of the reason why I am studying abroad in Morocco and not a more traditional place. The last time my family traveled through Europe (Germany, Italy, and Austria) was when I was 12 and we lived in Scotland, and we spent our entire time eating the cheapest […]

Extreme Budget Travel: Day 1 in Paris was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by Siobhan McDonough
2608, 2015
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Break it Down Now: The Parisian Metro

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Sure, your French may be a bit rusty, and everyone looks like they stepped out of a magazine, but don’t be intimidated—the key to the heart of any city is through its symbolic, underground stomach.
Save your monies for those buttery croissants and travel through Paris like a native. Maybe you’ll get lost on the way, or maybe you’ll end up sitting next to a sweet French boy (or maybe we watch too many rom-coms).

In any case, riding the Metro will save you time and money, and Paris has one of the fastest and most convenient systems around. With over 300 […]

Break it Down Now: The Parisian Metro was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by Lynn Miao
1908, 2015
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Save it For the Alcohol: Food Budgeting in Paris

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Food is a tricky area for a budget traveler—when should you splurge on an expensive restaurant? Are you missing out if you don’t try the world-famous chocolate? Isn’t stuffing yourself with pain au chocolat part of the “cultural experience?” Well for that, yes, yes it is.

But believe it or not, there are parts of the French cuisine that you can skip over to save some of your precious bling.


I’m not saying don’t eat cheese. I’m saying that there are cheaper ways to consume cheese than ordering a platter for €20. If you’re a total cheese noob—it’s OK, we promise we […]

Save it For the Alcohol: Food Budgeting in Paris was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by Lynn Miao
1408, 2015
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Fashion Killas: French Edition

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You’re a tourist in Paris. You will be judged.
This is inevitable, but guess what? You’re in effing Paris, so we don’t feel too bad for you. As a tourist, you’ll stand out the first few days: you’ll wrinkle your brow over your map, take the same predictable photos at the Eiffel Tower, and after looking around, suddenly realize that you are, in fact, the only person wearing a T-shirt and sneakers.

But maybe, just maybe, one day you’ll learn to blend into the Parisian streets so well that another lost tourist will come up to you and ask for directions. When […]

Fashion Killas: French Edition was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by Lynn Miao
508, 2015
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Giverny: A Great Day Trip from the City of Light

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Ah, Paris! The food! The winding streets! The gothic architecture! The abundant green space! Like the Sinatra tune suggests, Paris is a truly lovable city, and one that has something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.

As lovely as Paris is, the RER and other train lines are quite easy to navigate (this is coming from an American who drives everywhere, so you know it’s easy), allowing the rest of France to be easily accessible. A day trip away from Paris allows you to unwind and relax from the bustling streets of the capital, and introduces you to a different aspect of French […]

Giverny: A Great Day Trip from the City of Light was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by Carley Ruemmele
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