Locker Lacey is a travel
consultant for Italy and France, freelance writer, photographer
and foodie. Her blog, My Mélange,
features info on her favorite European cities, travel essays,
hotel recommendations, and budget travel tips. We asked Robin
to give us 10 helpful tips about Paris. She didn't disappoint...
is certainly home to many luxury hotels, but if you shop
around, you can find some basic bargain sleeps. One of the
oldest hotels, with a lovely and quiet prime central Paris
location is the Hotel
Henri IV on the Place Dauphine, which offers rooms from
60€ per night and includes breakfast. And if you don't
mind attending mass or spending some time in adoration,
some churches offer affordable, albeit bare-bones, guest
housing. Try Maison
Eymard, just two blocks from the Arc du Triomphe, which
offers singles, doubles and even triples from 32€ per
night with breakfast! The Maison d’accueil Ephrem,
the guesthouse of famed Sacre-Coeur Basilica in the charming
Montmartre district offers basic rooms from 13€ per
person, per night. Three meals per day are available at
an extra cost.
perfect picnic places...
can't travel to Paris and not partake in at least one picnic.
One suggestion is to take a walk along the market street
of Rue Cler, in the 7th arrondissement and pick up your
provisions (like cheese, bread, fresh fruit and even wine!)
at the shops and then stroll on over to the Champ de Mars
and join the locals on the lush green lawn in front of the
Eiffel Tower. Enjoy your lunch or dinner with an up close
view of the tower. Other popular picnic spots include the
Luxembourg Gardens, the Tuileries, Place des Voges and Buttes
Chaumont. Or you could always claim your own picturesque
slice of quai along the banks of the Seine and watch the
boats cruise by.
the sun reflect off the Seine...
and Paris go hand in hand, and what could be more romantic
than watching a beautiful sunset in a tranquil location?
Whether you're alone or with a special someone, head to
the very tip of the west-facing Île de la Cité,
which can be reached via a staircase near the statue of
Henri IV on the Pont Neuf. At the bottom, you'll find a
park called the Square du Vert-Galant, which is one of the
most idyllic spots in the city. Sit on one of the park benches
that line the teardrop-shaped walkway or venture out to
the edge of the stone landing. Dangle your feet off either
side and take in the equally stunning panoramas of the right
and left banks at dusk and watch the sun reflect off the
Seine as it sets behind the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge.
markets that entice...
original Marché aux Puces, or flea market, was born
in Paris. Many an antiques shopper heads to Saint-Ouen,
which is really a confusing jumble of many different markets
in one, in search of French treasures. This famous market
is huge, and as such, can be overwhelming, exhausting and
quite expensive. Another smaller and more manageable option
is the Vanves flea market, named for the nearby metro station.
And just like any neighborhood yard sale, you'll surely
find the prices reasonable. The Village Saint-Paul, with
its collection of over 200 antique shops on the peaceful
cobblestone pedestrian-only streets in the Marais, is another
has many organic and vegetarian-friendly options for travelers.
If you're looking to shop for your own produce try one of
the organic food markets in Paris - the Marché Biologique
Batignolles,which is open Saturdays or the Marché
Biologique Raspail, which is open Sundays. If a large supermarket
is more your style, seek out chains like Biocoop
and Naturalia. Organic
breads, croissants and pastries are available at a Moisan
boulangerie, which has locations all over the city. For
a large selection of organic wines try Le Verre Vole in
the 10th or La Cave des Papilles in the 14th. Those looking
to dine out have options like Breizh Cafe, Au Grain de Folie
and Le Potager du Marais. When shopping or studying menus,
look for the words biologique or just simply bio when seeking
out organic options.