I’ve written of my love for Paris multiple times on Beers & Beans and I’m thankful that we were able to spend a week there due to the fact that our budget was so tight. The truth is we couldn’t have spent a week in Paris if we didn’t camp. Camping in Paris was a great experience and more importantly it fit our budget at about $20/night for the both of us. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to visit the city of lights and is low on money. All and all it was a perfect fit for us but there was one slight downside -
The Paris campground is in Bois de Boulogne Park which is on the outskirts of the city – about a 30 -40 minute ride by Metro and bus. It’s really not bad except that if you plan on taking the bus back to the campground each night you have to be back in the area by 10 pm to catch it. If you miss it, you’re stuck with a cab ride. Because the last bus pick up is at 10pm you have to leave Paris around 9:30pm by Metro to make sure you catch it. I wish I had the money to miss the bus every night but if that was the case we would have probably stayed in a more centralized hostel instead.
One night we missed the bus and decided to make the most of our night in Paris. We ended up in a dark, cozy bar that had a live band playing a mix of French and American songs. After the bar emptied out we walked around, mostly trying to figure out how we were going to get back to the campground because even the Metro stations were closed at that point. Randy being the public transport genius that he is was able to figure out what bus we needed to take while I wandered around snapping photos as we searched for the station. We took the bus as far as we could and then we shelled out money for the cab to take us to the campground.
So the moral to this story is if you’re headed to Paris and you’re going to stay at the campground either plan on spending a little extra money to take a cab back for a couple nights or better yet, plan on spending at least one night in a hostel/hotel in the center of the city so you can spend more time out at night. I have a serious lack of night photos in Paris because of this small detail and Paris, like pretty much every other time of the day, is beautiful at night.
I wish I had more but here are the ones I do have – hope you like them!
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