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48 hours in... PARIS


 

Day 1

 

Morning:

Just like everyone else, you have to go to the Louvre. Do so in the morning, when there are not too many people.

Afternoon:

It's a huge cliché, but it's so romantic: buy a baguette, a camembert and a bottle of wine, and have lunch with your sweetheart at the Seine quays.

Take metro line 1 to the terminus and step into ultra-modern Paris: the spectacular business district of La Défense. The view from the steps below the Grande Arche over old Paris is simply incredible.

Climb Montmartre along the less touristy backside (from Abesses metro station). You get to see historic cabarets, the very last mill of Montmartre, and even the only vineyard in Paris. What a shock when you arrive at the top and see the hordes of photographing tourists.

Evening:

Have a bite to eat in the Bercy Village, where trendy restaurants are located next to the cinema in renovated wine depots.

Night:

Across the Seine, which you cross from Bercy Village via the Pont de Tolbiac, the infamous Batofar and a few other cool discotheque boats are moored. You can't find a hipper place to spend a night in Paris.

 

Day 2

 

Morning:

A hangover? There is no quieter place than Père Lachaise, arguably the most famous cemetery in the world, a pompous necropolis in the city of lights. Look for the famous French, but avoid Jim Morrisson's grave: you don't want to be confronted with a gang of weed-smoking Dutch teenagers on a school trip!

Afternoon:

Paris is one of those cities where the bill gets a lot cheaper if you stand at the cafe counter. Give it a try: it's great fun to have a coffee sandwich with your elbows on the counter next to the chattering Parisiens.

The Eiffel Tower! Of course! Even if you don't want to queue up to get on it, it's still worth standing right in front it. A wickerwork of steel, by far the most elegant tower in the world, and always an impressive sight.

Go window shopping on the Champs Elysées, browse the bookstalls on the Rive Gauche, or become a fashion victim in the Place des Victoires neighbourhood. Too expensive? You might find what you're looking for on the Boulevard Saint Germain.

Evening:

In the grubby, typical Parisian maze of the Marais district you will find nice, small-scale eateries where you can discover the delights of French cuisine for an affordable price.

Evening:

Grab pints at the student bars on or around Rue Mouffetard. It's still in the Latin Quarter, but further from the Seine, in the part where far fewer tourists come. Wonderful neighbourhood!

 

Here's an overview of just a few ISIC benefits
you can score in Paris:

 

Withlocals: 10% discount on your experience.

Withlocals is a peer-to-peer marketplace connecting travellers with locals through unique travel experiences in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Disneyland Paris: at least € 23 discount on a day ticket

FLEX ticket: € 76 instead of € 99 for 1 day / 1 park
Ticket valid all days until 12th June 2022

Théâtre – Comédie Romantique “Chat perdu”: 10 € de réduction

Free admission to almost all museums

For students between the ages of 18 and 25.

 

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