Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

See Paris on a Budget

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

See Paris on a Budget

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IT'S only day five of a three-week Euro adventure ... I'm roaming the streets of Paris and my bank balance is already mocking me.

But there's more to this city that hosts more than 30 million tourists a year. More than just the Eiffel Tour, Le Louvre and Moulin Rouge.

Away from the tourist traps, there's plenty to see and enjoy and much of it costs next to nothing.

Not every day in Paris should be a 30-euro day. After all the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre and Moulin Rouge are all attractions for a reason and well worth a visit. But you can have a beautiful and surprising day without spending too much.

This guide doesn't include accommodation but, if you are on a budget, remember that Paris is not a huge sprawling city and it has an extensive and affordable public transport system. It is easy to see on foot so don't be scared to book accommodation outside of the tourist areas.

How I did it:

9am: Parisians aren't early risers. Things don't kick off until well after 8.30am, especially in the cooler months. Eat breakfast at your accommodation. The usual breakfast will be a croissant, tea, coffee, juice, a bread roll and cereal.

Don't pay extra for a breakfast at your accommodation, you'll be able to pick something up for a couple of euros. But if it's included in a competitive rate, then great.

9.30am: Head to the markets. Not a day goes by in Paris without a market. From the more popular to the smaller suburban markets; there's fruit and vegetables, cheese, smallgoods, olives, sweets, clothes, cosmetics and trinkets.

Find the market closest to you, wander there and stroll around watching the locals pick up ingredients for their meals.

I headed to one of Paris's biggest markets. Marche` Bastille operates Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The metro stops below the market and there are plenty of buses.

Vendors spruik their goods to the many Parisians doing their groceries. …

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