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To me, the people I meet and travel with are the most important parts of the experience. So, I focus my traveling on meeting people:
Hostels are great as they have common spaces to meet people as well as events like free walking tours where you can not only see the city in a new light, but also meet other travelers. A lot of the time these walking tours are led by locals, and it will give you a chance to find the good hidden local spots.
Airbnb is a good option to find cheap places to stay while (again) meeting locals who can tell you more about the city.
Couchsurfing is a site where you can create an account and then go to events in the cities you travel to with other travelers. It's a fun way to check out a new part of the city while also meeting people.
Additionally, on the walking tour note, I love to just spend a day walking around with no plan....just finding new neighborhoods, cafes, restaurants, parks, etc. It's a great way to spend an afternoon in a new city.
Last note on exploring: you should go off the beaten track, go to smaller cities and less traveled areas as there will be a lot of hidden gems to find (like in Procida, Italy).
What to see in Paris
- Eiffel Tower: It might seem an obvious choice, but for a truly Parisian experience, pack a picnic and find a grassy spot with the perfect view of the iconic monument.
- Speaking of views, for other great ones, try the Montparnasse Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the top of the Pompidou Centre, the top of Notre-Dame, and the rooftop café of the French department store Printemps.
- As far as museums go, you should visit the Louvre at least once (spoiler: Mona Lisa is TINY), and then you should check out the beautiful Musée d'Orsay and the picturesque sculpture garden at the Musée Rodin. If you have extra time, Paris has some odd and wonderful museums like the Musée des Arts Forains (museum of fairground arts) and the Musée de la Magie (museum of magic).
- Parks! Parisians love their parks, and they absolutely should. The Jardin du Luxembourg is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon, and you should also visit the Parc Monceau and the Place Vosges.
- Visit the stunning Sacre-Coeur and spend some time in the neighbouring Montmartre neighbourhood, famed for its artists and iconic architecture.
- Stroll down the Champs-Elysées and take in the designer stores and Michelin-starred restaurants, but duck down a side street to find food that is much cheaper and still has that authentic local flavor. (To get to my personal favorite, Comptoir Boetie, take a left after the Tiffany's store and walk one block)
- For cheap food, the Pantheon, and the possibility of making friends with French students, head to the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement.
- Another popular hangout for students is the Canal St. Martin--sit on the banks and munch on a pastry you pick up from Du Pain et des Idées or the famous falafel from L'as du Falafel.
Did you know if you are going on the British Studies Program, you have the option to go to Paris on a supplemental packaged trip during mini-break? See here for full details. *Space is limited and a seat may be reserved by paying the fee ($600) directly to the Office of International Programs by check, credit card, or cash. To pay, stop by OIP or give us a call at 601.266.4344.
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