How to Catch a Glimpse of the Real Paris When On Holiday

Catch a Glimpse of the Real Paris

Whether you are backpacking around the world or want to take a trip in your twilight years, Paris is probably at the top of the places that you want to visit. This is fair enough, considering that the City of Light has something for everyone, regardless of whether you are an art buff or a foodie.

The unfortunate thing, however, is that most visitors to this beautiful city fail to see the more authentic aspects of Paris. Instead, they get swept up in crossing things off their bucket list or heading to tourist traps. Now, if you have taken a flight from New York to Paris or a similarly faraway place, you probably want to get something more out of your trip. So, here are some of the ways that you can see the city from a local’s perspective:

Use Your Feet

One of the main reasons for catching a flight from Washington to Paris is to sight see so the first thing you should do is banish the thought of getting into a vehicle. Sure, the Metro will do if you have to cover a considerable distance but it is best to walk it when you can. For a cost-effective yet faster approach, there is the Velib which is a rental system for bikes with stations found all of the city. You can actually rent one out for a day or even a week at a time. Considering that there are stations just 300 meters from each other, you will not find it difficult to pick up or drop of your mode of transportation.

Explore Lesser Known Museums

The Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay are undoubtedly the most famous museums in the city and with good reason – they are keepers of some of the most famous pieces in the world. Nonetheless, the city is a treasure trove of beautiful and precious art so you shouldn’t devote all of your time to these two museums. If you are a fan of Monet, your trip will not be complete without a visit to the Musée Marmottan. Or, if the works of Picasso intrigue you more, then Musée Picasso should be a stop for you. For a breath of fresh air, wander around in the gardens of the MuséeRodins and peruse the sculptures there.

Skip the Gourmet Meals for Simpler Fare

Paris and gourmet food go hand in hand together. This is why most people don’t mind spending several hundreds of dollars on a single meal as long as it was prepared at a Michelin-starred eatery. The good news is that you can save your money since there are some truly outstanding chefs that deliver similar fare but at much lower prices. Head down Rue Saint-Dominique to discover these gems. You also shouldn’t forget that to get the true Paris experience you need to savor a meal at a café or bistro. Always ask a local to point you in the right direction for the most authentic meal.

Discover Secret Passageways

Well, hidden may not be quite the right word to describe these nooks and crannies in the city but out of sight certainly fits the bill. Some of the best sights in the city are hidden from tourist eyes. So, if you are in the mood for something a little more secluded, go to L’Ile de la Cité to see the covered Flower Market. To take a trip back in time, go to the 9th arrondissement. You will find it between the Boulevard Montmartre and the Rue de La Grange-Batelière.

So now you know how to see a side of Paris that few other tourists are aware. It will certainly make your trip even more unforgettable.

1 Comment to “How to Catch a Glimpse of the Real Paris When On Holiday”

  1. Clive says:

    I totally agree, you’ll see much more by walking around Paris, its small enough to cover most tourist spots on foot so definitely do it.

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