The Best Things in (Parisian) Life Are Free

It’s true what everyone says, Paris is simply one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. So even with only a couple of centimes in your pocket, you can whip up magic and fun as you explore the city from one arrondissement to the next. Imagination is the key. As Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." When you hold this quote close to your heart as you forge your paths of discovery across Paris, you will find your knowledge about Paris, about French history, about architecture, art, religion and many other facets of culture, enriched exponentially when you allow your imagination to lead rather than your pocketbook.

One of the best free things to do in Paris is take a walk in the rain. Anywhere, really, will do. You could walk across the bridges of the Seine, or along the banks of the River, or perhaps across the Champs de Mars or even through the Jardin des Tuileries.

A treasure hunt to find both of the Statues of Liberty that grace Paris is another day’s activity good for young and old alike. The search will take you to and through different parts of the city, making it a fabulous sightseeing tour as you pay homage to this emblem of friendship and solidarity that characterizes the centuries of Franco-American friendly relations.

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Les Berges de Seine
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1er Arrondissement


Stretching between the Louvre and place de la Concorde, this garden originally dates to 1564, when Catherine de Medici had it constructed as a reminder of her home in Italy. Historically, it marked one of the first times that Paris displayed...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower


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13ème Arrondissement


A more recent addition to Paris' quais, Les Docks has nonetheless quickly become a fixture here in this formerly infrequented area where the 5th arrondissement meets the 13th. Just near the Institut Monde Arabe, it was opened with great fanfare...  Read More



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8ème Arrondissement


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12ème Arrondissement


The Bois de Vincennes, Paris's largest park, was originally fenced off as royal hunting grounds. Today, scattered among its trees and lawns are peaceful lakes, bird reserves, a farm and even a castle completed in 1370 under the reign of Charles...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement


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14ème Arrondissement


This calm, park-like cemetery shelters many famous Parisians. A virtual city of tombstones, grave markers and mausoleums, Montparnasse is beautifully maintained. You'll often find visitors here, searching out the graves of philosopher Jean-Paul...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement


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