PARIS. £100 spending money. Just 2 days, 48 hours in Paris.
Paris in Springtime is nice.
Crowds of tourists everywhere .
Especially, if you are willing to go off the beaten track.
Which was exactly my plan.
However 48 hours is not a lot of time to explore Paris.
On top of that I had set myself the challenge of a daily budget of £50.
More than enough…. I hear you say.
Trust me £50 does not go far in Paris…as you will learn soon.
Here is a diary of my 48 hours in Paris.
Day 1: 27th April 2011
Never leave buying your euros till last minute. I just got 105 euros for £100 today at Travelex. Biggest rip off.
48 hours and counting- I land in Charles de Gaulle Airport.
I head into Paris on RER B Train.
35 minutes is the journey time.
Cost of my ticket is 17.40 euros rtn!
Left: 86.60 euros.
I check into my home for the next 2 nights: St Christopher’s Inn Paris.
First impressions are good.
Receptionist is pleasant and welcoming.
The hostel has it’s own Bar called Belushis.
They are showing the Barca-Madrid game.
I check out my room for the night- a 12 bed dorm. For the price, I can’t complain.
You have your own reading light, blinds and luggage locker beneath your bunk.
I’m off for a pint at Belushis.
Place is heaving and packed.
Good game so far.
Beer price alert: Pint of Kronenburg is 4 euros.
Just flash your room key, otherwise if you don’t show it , price creeps upto 6 euros ( which is the standard price across most of Paris let me warn you )
Drinking that pint got me really hungry.
I check out Belushi’s menu: 10 euros for a burger!
I head out for a snoop around the neighbourhood.
The hostel is by the canal , I spot some very cool bars and restos to eat.
Eventually I plump for home comforts and decide to go for an Indian: Crepes Chaudes on 182 Rue de Crimee
I know. Coming all the way to Paris to eat at an Indian?
However, I have a good feeling about this place.
Looks clean, I get a good waft of the food from the street.
I have Chicken Curry with basmati rice, dessert is crepes with Nutella after.
All for just 10.50 euros.
I can’t complain. Nice curry and those crepes were yum.
Day 2: 28th April 2011
Morning! I had a dream that I was surrounded by a swarm of snarling hyenas.
I wake up with a cold sweat.
Actually, it’s just a bunch of Brazilians snoring in my dorm.
Too many caipirinhas last night I guess.
I drag myself downstairs. Not much of a morning person to be honest,
Free Breakfast at St Christophers- not bad.
The breakfast counter is lined with a shitload of golden brown crispy baguettes.
I grab a few and and wallop tons of Nutella on them and wash it down with a gallon of orange juice.
Buy a Paris Mobilis Pass. For 6.10 euros you get unlimited travel on zones 1 and 2 for 24 hours.
Left: 69.40 euros
Cold, grey day.
I’m in Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
It’s a beautiful place.
You do need a map to get around this place- very confusing layout.
I meet Jim Morrison in the 6th Division.
Love the Art Noveau entrances of the Metro stations in Paris.
Next stop: I’m off for a taste of the macabre: The Catacombs!
Queue MASSIVE in front of Catacombs.
@katyabroad tweets me
“Ugh, Catacombs does not sound like a fun day out! Have you got anywhere to go a little less ‘touristy’?”
I abandon the Catacombs queue.
Tip: Come early to avoid the crowds. I head off to see where Joyce, Hemingway lived in rue Cardinal Lemoine
Quick but v tasty lunch at Moisan in Place Maubert: Baguette with saucisson & chocolate tart: 6 euros.
Left: 63.40 euros
I’m at 71 Rue Cardinal Lemoine: courtyard where Joyce finished writing Ulysses.
Closed to public now sadly.
‘This was how Paris was in early days when we were poor & happy’ ( A Moveable Feast)
74 Rue Cardinal Lemoine
Around the corner from Rue Cardinal Lemoine: 39 Rue Descartes.
Hemingway lived here from 1921 to 1925.
I need a pickmeup.
I go for a double espresso at Cafe Delmas on Place De la Contrescarpe.
Hemingway describes this place as a ‘cesspool’ where all the prostitutes, drug addicts, pimps and sailors used to hangout.
Espresso sets me back 6 euros!
I have now left: 57.40euros
Had a cool chat with Remi Lemoner,owner of Hotel Vieux ‘Beat Hotel’ where Ginsberg, Kerouac stayed.
The hotel is located in 9 rue Git-le-Coeur, an unassuming street in the Latin Quarter.
Remi was a real character and had a ton of interesting stories to tell me- a true adventurer. He was one of the first westerners to step foot in Mongolia back in 60’s when there were heavy restrictions on foreigners entering the country.
I’m at 7 Rue Des Grands Augustins: Picasso finished his masterpiece Guernica here.
Tres cool! I come across a Taschen bookstore at 2 Rue de Buci
Cafe Flore bursting at seams.Favourite hangout for intellectuals Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir.
RT @h_dumigan: Considering unfollowing @BudgetTraveller ’cause of the tantalising updates on 2 days spent exploring Paris. Envy is a terrible thing. #100Paris
RT @arpimay: #100Paris this is a literary, artistic and cinematic Parisfest! Enjoying it.
More of Hemingway’s Paris.
44 Rue Jacob. Hotel Angleterre : Ernest spent his first night here in Paris on 14/12/1921
Later on 56 Rue Jacob Hotel York I witness a plaque that is a reminder of an important moment in history….
On 03/09/1733 this is where David Hartley Benjamin Franklin signed the treaty for American Independence.
I’m at Dans Les Landes – the 5th’s hottest joint.
Just steps from the Rue Mouffetard market and the charming St Médard square, this smart little spot is full of varied tapas-style tastes from France’s southwest.
At just 8 euros for a mojito & charcuterie, I can see why this place is so popular.
Left: 49.40 euros
Day3: 29th April 2011
12 hours left. 49.40 euros left.
It was the day of the Royal Wedding.
Not a confetti or Union Jack in sight across Paris.
I buy another 24 hour Mobilis Paris Metro Pass. Cost 6.10 euros. Left 43.30 euros
Great to see Hollywood movie posters when travelling: always translates into something completely different.
Hangover 2 translated in French : ‘Very Bad Trip 2’
I’m in the very chic Le Dome restaurant ( also known as the Angle American Cafe in the heyday) where Picasso & many luminaries used to hang out.
Here’s a picture.
I feel like the Antichrist on the day tweeting about #100Paris challenge.
My whole feed is jammed with female followers raving about Kate Middleton’s dress- boring!
Enroute to St Germain, I stop to admire the beautiful tower of Eglise St Sulpice
Lunch –I wish I had remembered the name of this place- food was fantastic.19euros. ( Left: 24.30 euros) Fixed 3 course menu with a half a carafe of wine. Food smells great +diners speak in French: good sign. Just saw someone having Crepes Suzette with Grand Marnier-wow.
Starter of warm Sausages w/ garlic fresh cream cider sorrel & spinach sauce-nice.
‘We are sum of all the moments of our lives’
Jesse’s famous quote from that stunning movie: Before Sunset
I am at the famous Shakespeare & Co where Jesse + Celine reunite
As a souvenir from my trip I splurge 8 euros on a book of Neruda’s poetry at Shakespeare & Co.
I’m down to just 16.30 euros with 5 hrs left of #100Paris challenge
My legs are like jelly walking around Paris.
I take it easy and just beach myself on the banks of River Seine to right of Notre Dame.
I spend a few hours just lazing, reading my book of Neruda poems and watching Paris pass me by.
I meet an old university friend at a very flash cocktail bar in St Germain.
16 euros- buy one get one cocktail. Got myself a mojito.
Left: 0.30 euros.
PS: If you enjoyed this post have a peek at my post Nostalgia is a seductive liar: Remembering Paris for the 1st time
Kashy, the timing couldn’t be better — I leave for Paris tomorrow! Staying in the 5th, so I will definitely be looking up that southwest tapas place! (You already know from Italy that I go crazy whenever cured meats are in sight!)
Ah Paris…..send her my love and definitely check out the tapas place for it’s awesome charcuterie and mojitos…. Have fun!
Great tips! I’ve just moved to Paris and will be searching out some of these less touristy places!
Lucky you! Great, tell me how you get on. Are you on Twitter?
That was good. Can you do a 50Pounds London for 2 days?
Good question Ruth
£50 a day or £50 for 2 days in London?