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sep 23 2014

In Paris, Selfies Are IN, Love Locks Are OUT

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It's a romantic idea in theory, but a destructive one in practice: For years, couples visiting Paris have affixed padlocks to the city's Pont des Arts bridge and thrown the keys into the Seine as a symbol of their everlasting love. Awww. But what happens after the lovers stroll off the bridge hand in hand is far from sweet: The thousands of "love locks" hooked onto the river's bridges cause the railings to sag, forcing the city to replace the panels, only to have them fill up with locks again.

apr 08 2014

What's Your Dream Trip?

The Eiffel Tower in Paris in the spring

My dream has always been to visit Paris, and I finally did it last year. What is your dream trip?

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We've got dream trips on the brain—I realized my dream of visiting Paris last year when I went on Contiki's London & Paris Plus Paris Extension tour, and will finally realize my dream of seeing Machu Picchu when I go on the Machu Picchu Adventure tour with G Adventures in a few weeks. Dream trips were also the theme for our March/April digital issue of Budget Travel magazine (now available on BudgetTravel.com, in the Apple App Store, on Google Play, and for Nook and Kindle). To get into the spirit of things, we asked several of our staff members to share their dream trips—here's what they said:

feb 21 2014

Food Lover’s Guide to Paris

A Parisian market

Visit a French market during your visit to Paris.

(Courtesy cackowoski/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Christine Cantera on behalf of Viator.com's Travel Blog.

Cheese. Bread. Pastries. With all the amazing things to eat in Paris, it’s a wonder anyone has time to visit the museums! If your itinerary for Paris looks more like a grocery list than a guide book, check out our tips for food lovers who are ready to fall in love with the City of Light.

feb 13 2014

5 Little-Known Museums in Paris

This article was written by Christine Cantera on behalf of Viator.com.

The Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and even the Paris Catacombs have become the default must-do list for visitors to Paris. But if you’ve come to the City of Light in search of a more authentic, or just plain weird, museum-going experience, then take a look at our picks for the top five little-known museums in Paris.

nov 05 2013

4 Scams To Watch Out For In Paris

I just got back from an amazing trip to London and Paris with Contiki, a tour company that specializes in tour packages for 18-to-35-year-olds, where I spent nine days touring the sights and attractions both cities are known for—my London & Paris, plus Paris Extension tour included guided day-trips to Stonehenge, Bath, and Versailles, as well as group visits to the Eiffel Tower at night, a show in London's West End (ours was to Mamma Mia!), and an optional trip to see the Moulin Rouge dinner show that I couldn't resist. Needless to say, I was able to get a great sense of both places before the two-day extension portion of my trip started in Paris—Contiki's plan allowed for a great mix of time spent with the group, time in smaller groups, and plenty of solo travel time during the last two days, which I used to explore the city on foot, armed with my camera and a few French phrases, soaking up every moment  and appreciating the beauty around me. For a look at my journey through London and Paris, please follow our brand new Instagram page, mybudgettravel.

oct 16 2013

What Are Your Favorite Things to do in London and Paris?

By this time next week, I'll be strolling along the Champs-Elysées, snacking on fresh-baked croissants, and roaming the streets of Paris on my way to the next world-famous museum. I'm going to be visiting London and Paris next week and the good news is, you can come, too! Follow along with my adventures as I post photos from the road to our brand new Instagram page, @budgettravel.

oct 14 2013

10 Essential Vacations for Every Bucket List

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

When in Paris, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring all who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

(Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)

Article by Jennifer Gilligan.

LAS VEGAS

The Run Down: Dubbed the city of sin, Las Vegas is an adult's playground. Between the drinking and the gambling, though, you may find yourself with a few hours to burn. During your downtime, check out the Bodies exhibit, Madame Tussauds, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and CSI: The Experience. You should check out the Miracle Mile shops as well. There's plenty of fun to be had in Las Vegas without drinking or gambling.

jul 18 2013

How to Visit Paris Without Getting Your Pocket Picked

No, the creepy gargoyles atop Notre Dame can't hurt you. But the pickpockets in the crowds below can be a pain in the, well, you know.

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We're all for the French government's new drive to make the country more welcoming to visitors. Its new publication "Do You Speak Touriste?" is intended to help put tourism—and its impact on the national economy—on the radar of more French citizens.

However, one of the reasons France is considered unfriendly and unwelcoming—inspiring the country's 80+ million annual visitors to stay only a few days and spend less money than they do in the U.S. or Spain—is petty crime. Visit one of Paris's must-sees like the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower and you may get your pocket picked or your purse snatched.

mar 01 2013

Save 20 Percent on Rail Europe This Month!

London is just one of the popular destinations featured in Rail Europe's 20-percent-off deal.

(Courtesy MichelleWalz/myBudgetTravel)

Catch a train in London and step off in Paris a little over two hours later. Sound good? Now take 20 percent off the fare. But you'd better book your trip by the end of the month!

Rail Europe is offering this steep discount on Eurostar tickets that are booked through April 1 with its 20% Off, 100% Comfort deal to London, Paris, and Brussels. They are also offering a 10 percent discount on a London Pass and a Paris Pass, which include free priority admission to major museums, historic sites, and other attractions (including castles, gardens, cathedrals, and monuments) and discounts at select restaurants, shops, and ground transportation. Passes have a choice of two, four, or six consecutive days, free information guide and map, unlimited travel on ground transportation within select zones of each city, and discounts on bus tours, wine tastings, and river cruises.

feb 06 2013

Paris's Iconic Cathedral Will Chime New Bells for Palm Sunday

New bells are being installed at Paris's Notre Dame in honor of the cathedral's 850th anniversary.

(Courtesy telee/myBudgetTravel)

"The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society," wrote Victor Hugo in his novel Notre Dame de Paris, aptly summarizing the centuries of construction and reconstruction that typically went into building a Gothic cathedral.

Hugo's book, of course, immortalized Paris's cathedral of Notre Dame as the home of the hunchback Quasimodo, who went deaf from ringing the church's giant bells. Turns out those bells have had a reputation since the 19th century for being the most discordant in France. The original 10 bells were mostly destroyed during the French Revolution (by some accounts, they were melted down to build cannons), and their temporary replacements had a less-than-satisfactory ring to them. Now, in honor of the 850th anniversary of the iconic cathedral, which sees 20 million visitors each year, nine new bells are being installed.

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