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French lunch (or dinner) on the cheap in Paris
These is no doubt that Paris is a city full of amazing restaurants, but if you are visiting for any certain length in time it can start to have an impact on your wallet! What I like to do is to find the nearest "farmers" market in the neighborhood I am staying at in the morning and shop for a picnic (bread, cheese, charcuterie, fruits, olives...) and then eat at a nice restaurant for lunch (the menu is cheaper than dinner) and then for dinner I can picnic on what I bought at the market either in a park or near the Seine - its lovely and makes your food budget go a long way!
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The Best View in Paris
Forget the Eiffel Tower, the city's modern eyesore - the Montparnasse Tower - offers the most unobstructed view of every Paris landmark of interest. Go straight up to the top viewing deck or stop in to the newly renovated Ciel de Paris restaurant on the 56th floor for a Millefeuille or cocktail with a breathtaking view.
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A brief but stunning taste of spring in Paris
Spring is often slow to make an appearance in Paris but there is hardly a more magical time of year when it does. Cherry blossoms sprout boldly, lifeless parks become verdant expanses for loafing and picnicking, and spirits rise as sunshine makes its anticipated return. Given how fickle the weather is, however, it's best to come equipped for the unseasonable. Warm scarves and socks and versatile layers will get you through the bouts of wind and rain. The season escapes before you've even gotten comfortable so aim for April/May for a taste of le Printemps in Paris.
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