What's your dream vacation? Glamour asked 1,000 women that question—and then had 13 top travel bloggers plan your most-wanted trips, all for under $1,000! This week, we present everything you need to know about planning your best getaway ever. The final stop: Paris, France
Paris is the city you most want to visit—and we don't blame you. As the saying goes, it's always a good idea.
HOW TO GET THERE: "You can get fares from major American cities for as little as $350 on Norwegian Air Shuttle or Wow Air," says Kate McCulley. Skyscanner searches 1,200 sites for rock-bottom rates, no matter where you're heading.
WHERE TO SLEEP: "Stay in the Marais district; it's central and has the best boutique shopping around," says Edna Zhou. "There are lots of studio apartments on Airbnb for under $100 a night."
WHAT TO DO: "The city is small, so skip the metro and walk it, even on not-so-nice days," says Zhou. When the weather's cooperating, Paris takes street music to a whole new level: "Full bands are playing in parks and squares," says Monica Stott of thetravelhack.com, who uses the Paris Map and Walks app to find the prettiest route between, say, the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Ashley Fleckenstein recommends taking the same approach to shopping: "Every neighborhood has its own flea or farmers' market. My favorite is the Marché d'Aligre—I bought a vintage Le Creuset Dutch oven there for four bucks!" As for the sites, "it would be a crime not to visit the Louvre," says McCulley. "You can get in free on the first Sunday of the month between October and March." Zhou loves the Centre Pompidou, but not just for the largest modern art collection in Europe. "I go for its rooftop views over Paris—you can see from the Eiffel Tower to Sacré-Coeur. And there's no need to pay the entrance fee if you tell the guards you're just popping up to the café."
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: "Load up on free samples of local fare—chocolates, pâtés, truffles—on the Rue Mouffetard, a narrow street in the Latin Quarter that Ernest Hemingway famously described in A Moveable Feast because of all the gourmet shops and market stalls," says Stott. "This is a serious foodie paradise." Vino more your thing? Grab a bottle of wine and drink along the banks of the Seine near Notre-Dame. "Starting at 10 P.M. in summer, it's like one big party," says Fleckenstein. "And when you tire of gorging on cheese and wine," says Pérez (is this possible?), "try Tien Hiang, a lively vegan Asian spot. I'm always shocked when I get the bill—less than $20 for a ton of food." For late-night dancing, says Fleckenstein, "go to the Oberkampf district. It's my absolute favorite, and at most bars and clubs there's no cover."
HOT TIP: "A taxi is anywhere from five to 30 times the cost of public transportation, so if walking isn't an option, take the Metro," says Zhou. "A carnet—that's a 10-pack of passes—costs just $16."
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