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Mini Summer Trip Guide to Affordable Paris

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So what if the euro is up and the dollar is down?That doesn’t mean you should skip a trip to Europe. You can still find great deals, even in pricey places. In Paris, the secret is simple: knowing where the bargains are. For example, Louvre is free on the first Sunday of the month. So are the Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou, Picasso Museum, Rodin Museum, Orangerie, the medieval collections in the ancient Roman Thermes de Cluny, and many others. From November to March, the lavish palace of Versailles is free that first Sunday as well, as is the Arc de Triomphe, the towers of Notre-Dame, and the Panthéon.

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Inspired by: 13 Affordable Trips to Europe — by Reid Bramblett, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (1)

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    Hôtel de la Bretonnerie

    From the grotto-like breakfast room to the duplex junior-suites under mansard roofs, the 29-room Hôtel de la Bretonnerie is a sampler catalogue of

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Restaurants (3)

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    Balzar

    Paris's temples of fine dining at reasonable prices are its brasseries, a cross between a café and a restaurant where simple dishes start around $2

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    Bofinger

    Paris's temples of fine dining at reasonable prices are its brasseries, a cross between a café and a restaurant where simple dishes start around $2

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    Le Café Grand Louvre

    Located below I.M. Pei’s iconic glass pyramid, this flagship of the Louvre restaurant complex serves an extensive menu of both traditional and cont

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Activities (5)

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    Palace of Versailles

    More than a suburb of nearby Paris, more than one of the most ambitious architectural endeavors undertaken by man, more even, than one of the most

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    Musée d'Orsay

    Across the Seine from the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d'Orsay is Paris's premier museum of Impressionism, displaying works from 1848 to 1914. Open

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    Centre Pompidou

    Located in the center of Paris in a building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou is the brainchild of President Georges Pom

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    Paris Museum Pass

    Become a museum VIP and waltz right past the long lines with the Paris Museum Pass. It costs $45 for two days, $70 for four days, or $95 for six da

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    Musée de l’Orangerie

    Beyond Monet’s multipaneled and expansive Water Lilies ensemble, what makes this recently renovated space truly special is the regrouping of an exc

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