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Budget Vacations: Paris vs. New York

New York City’s streets are packed with visitors and, if our Forums are any indication, Paris remains an unfailingly attractive vacation option. While you could easily spend a month’s mortgage in one night in either one of these two culture capitals, many of both cities’ most pleasurable experiences are priceless.

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5 Fun and Free Things to Do in Paris


  • Get a feel for Paris past and present at the Musée Carnavalet, where you can see a collection of old signs, relics from bars and cafés, and paintings of what the city looked like before it was fully developed. | Rate this free experience
  • See a free concert during Paris Plage, in late summer, when free nightly pop and rock concerts fill the quays of the Seine with music.
  • Walk the poetic streets of St-Germain as you become what Parisians call le flâneur: “one who strolls or loiters.” | Explore St-Germain
  • Park yourself for some people watching at Jardin Luxembourg, which even has some handy reclining chairs for your enjoyment. | Rate this free experience
  • Take in some fine photography at the Maison Européene de la Photographie, a perennial favorite for pros and amateur photographers alike, which is open free on Wednesdays from 5 to 8. | Rate this free experience

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Photo credits: (1) Photo by specialkrb; (2) Photo by ktylerconk.

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