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Four Absolutely Free Places to Visit in Paris

Blog Post Type: Planning a Trip to a CityIf Paris is a movie, undoubtedly it is a love story. You may deny it, but it sometimes crosses your mind that you play the leading role, and Paris is your beautiful partner in everything you long to do.Such romance can be expensive, but do not worry. For once you have chosen one of the cheap hotels in Paris. Plus, the city has activities that are absolutely free. It only requires you, your curiosity, and your passion for this city of love, this city of light, and this city of literature and arts.

Paris, France
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Explore Some Famous Museums and Monuments on the First Sundays

Be a wise traveler and let your trip fall somewhere during the last week and first week of the month. Paris runs a free first Sundays in must-see tourist spots, which are ridiculously expensive in regular days. Make a beeline to the astonishing Musee d’Orsay, the home of world-renowned paintings of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, and many more. Navigate through the crowd at Louvre Museum and ogle at the authentic Mona Lisa painting. Walk around Albert-Kahn musée et jardins, which replicates all kinds of gardens found around the world.

Laze at Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Located southeast from the remarkable Eiffel Tower, the historical Parc du Champ-de-Mars was used as a marching ground for the 18th-century cadets of Ecole Militaire. Nowadays it is an ideal picnic place in most months of the year. Its grassy lawns and landscaped flowerbeds invite you to relax, lie down, and observe your fellow picnickers. To maximize the experience, spread a blanket, bring a bottle of wine and a basket of snacks and wait for the sun to set. Against the romantic dusk, the Eiffel Tower transforms into a mythical, charming structure.

You may want to stay at Le Marquis Eiffel, which is quite close to this handsome park.

Feel the Haunting Parisian Charm at Cimitière du Père Lachaise

Is there such a thing as a must-visit cemetery? Oh, yes, especially if you are an ardent follower of literature and arts.

Have a serene walk along the tree-canopied pathways of Père Lachaise and let the crows chant their raucous calls. Visit the tomb of Marcel Proust and utter a line or two from his Swann’s Way or prance your way to Oscar Wilde’s and whisper your love and admiration for him and his body of works.

If you are not an art devotee, this cemetery has some mysterious sculptures that can pique your curiosity as well.

Relax at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont   

This 24.7 hectare park located in northeast of Paris is the fifth largest public park in this city of love. There is always a peaceful nook waiting for you. Test the power of your calves and walk around the grassy hillsides, shaped lawns, and flower beds. For an overlooking view of Paris, hike to the Temple de la Sibylle, the most popular landmark of this lovely park. It is built at the top of a cliff, just above the serene manmade lake.

This place is for everyone, for lovers, for families, for friends, and for solo wanderers who desire an affair with Paris itself.

Paris never fails to tickle your imagination. It makes you believe in the magic of love once again. A trip to Paris is an affair that can last a lifetime



Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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