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What is better than a beautiful afternoon on the French shore? Welcome to the continent. As you know, we are currently in the city of Le Havre, a harbour only a few hours away from Paris. Good news, you can get there quickly and cheaply. From the central station of Le Havre, there are trains every hour or so going to Paris. It only takes a little more than 2 hours and costs €18.00.
In the hub
Two hours later, you will find yourself at the very heart of Paris, Saint-Lazare station to be precise. While it is not as widespread as London, Paris is still a big city that will kill your feet before you have seen half of what you set out to do. So, first things first, buy yourself an all-day card, better known as Mobilis, zones1-2. This is sufficient to take you everywhere within Paris and costs €6.30. Time to do some free sightseeing and there is indeed a lot to see! The Eiffel Tower is probably the one monument you have your eye set on. Personally, I would not bother climbing it – it is expensive, there are long queues, it is tedious and you do not have such an amazing view. Your call. Still, I highly recommend you visiting the area, especially at nighttime as the tower shines for a few minutes on the dot. The former royal castle, now know as Le Louvre, is also a beautiful walk outside, but from underneath as well (for free) which gives you the opportunity to see the Pyramide from above and below.
In the northern area of Paris, you can visit the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. Not only is the building splendid, but the artistic area is a great stroll and most importantly, being on a hill, you will have the perfect view over Paris. If you are in need of some green now, the Jardins du Luxembourg is the place to go. Other places of interest include Beaubourg, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées or Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
As per usual, hostels are the cheapest alternative when it comes to accommodation. Young & Happy, located in the Quartier Latin (student district) has beds for as little as €9.95. Food is horribly expensive, as you will soon notice, however you can treat yourself in a “brasserie” at a fair price. It is more or less the French equivalent of fast-food. Try a “croque-monsieur” for €6.00 to €10.00 – these “brasseries” are very easily found throughout the capital.
Now off to Spain! As terrestrial transports is terribly pricey, it is cheaper and definitely much faster to buy a flight. While Ryanair is the cheapest company, it does not fly from central airports, which entails extra costs with shuttles. I would recommend you fly with EasyJet, which will take you to Madrid Barajas airport for €36.00. It flies from Charles de Gaulle airport, which is a bit outside of Paris – do not forget your ticket (€6.90). Departure is at 6:40 AM and arrival in Spain at 8:55 AM. Get your sunglasses and your sun hats ready!
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Total spent, inc. travel: €77.15 (+ meals & drinks €25.00)
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