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Paris on a Dime

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Think the City of Lights is expensive? It doesn’t have to be.

Airfare to Europe has been relatively low this summer, and travelers can continue the trend of saving money once in the city. Saving can be valuable especially on a longer trip, say to three major cities like London, Amsterdam, and Paris.

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So let’s take a quick look — here are some cost-saving methods to see La Belle Paris:

Walk around. Paris is a big city, but so much can be seen and enjoyed on foot. Don’t forget to head out from the metro and wander around — who knows, maybe an afternoon getting lost will turn into an afternoon munching down succulent delicacies at a secret patisserie. Plus, it’s always good exercise! (Just bring a pair of good walking shoes.)

Free Museums. The Paris Museum Pass is a wonderful way to see some of the best art collections and attractions in France. Let your Wittravel agent advise you whether or not you would benefit from a pass. However, did you also know some Paris museums are free? Maison Victor Hugo, where the writer lived while composing Les Miserables, the pretty gardens at Musee Carnavalet, and the remains of a Roman Theater at Arenes de Lutece are all open to the public at no charge.

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Hop on a Boat. At Wittravel you can pre-book a boat tour, at a low per person price, and cruise the Seine river. These 1- or 2-hour trips are best enjoyed at dusk, when the lights bloom all over the city, and the Eiffel Tower begins to glow. Some boat trips even offer you champagne tasting or historical lectures on board.

Take a Day Trip. You can reach a lot of interesting sites on the outskirts of the city by just taking the local commuter RER. Visit Auvers-sur-Oise for Van Gogh, the charming town of Crécy-la-Chapelle, the royal chateau at Fontainebleau, or the medieval villages of Moret-sur-Loing and Provins.

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Window Shop. True, it’s not technically shopping, but who doesn’t love it? Check out the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps to see luxury clothes, chocolates, jewelry, what have you, in all of their glory. And you don’t have to spend a dime — but you always can if you want to.

which brings me to…

Splurge! It’s Paris — don’t forget to spoil yourself a little. Take your special someone out to a fancy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Buy that necklace as a token of your trip. Live a little — you’re on vacation after all!

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Seven Argentine Museums Not to Miss

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Museo Evita

A museum for one of Argentina’s biggest icons—Eva Peron. It houses extensive collections of her luxurious wardrobe, posters, books, paraphernalia—even fingerprints and a funereal mask of the famous First Lady.

Calle Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires. Local/Foreigner: US$0.75/1.75. Open 2-7:30pm Tue-Sun.

Museo del Vino

Naturally Mendoza would have a Wine Museum. Situated at the Bodega La Rural, this museum/winery contains more than 4500 artifacts from antique oenophiles and modern winemakers alike. Admission includes a short guided visit around the facilities, a historical overview of Don Felipe Rutini who planted the first vines of La Rural in 1885, and—of course—exquisite wine tasting at the winebar.

La Rural, Montecaseros 2625, Coquimbito, Maipú, Mendoza. Weekdays 9a-5.30p. Sat 10a-4p, Sun 10a-1p.

Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan B. Castagnino

This museum is a great resource to learn about art in Argentine and Europe. It stays modern, renovated, and up to date with its intriguing temporary exhibitions. It has 35 rooms of collections, comprising of more than 3000 works. Considered one of the most important art museums in the country.

Avenida Pellegrini 2202 CP 2000, Rosario, Santa Fe.  Weekdays (except Tue) 2p-8p. Weekends 1p-7p. Adults US $1.10.

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Museo Penitenciario (Prison Museum)

The Prison Museum preserves and promotes the social and cultural heritage of federal prisons in Argentine. Its building was originally used as a house of prostitutes and abandoned women. In 1980 the current museum opened. It contains a lot of intriguing objects of prisons, like clothing, tattoo machines, and playing cards. All of these are housed within themed rooms such as the criminology room, the pharmaceutical room, and women’s prison room.

Humberto Primo 378, San Telmo, Buenos Aires. 2p-6p, with bilingual guided tours at 5pm. Free entrance.

Museo del Títere (Puppet Museum)

The spectacular puppet museum was established in 1983 by Sara Bianchi and Mane Bernardo, in the latter’s old home. Her former house displays puppets from all over the world, and includes a library. Each puppet comes with a story—animals, dolls, heroes, tango singers, marionettes, wizard, skeletons, and dozens more. The in-house theatre even puts on productions every Saturday and Sunday.

Piedras 905, San Telma. Open 10a-12:30p and 3-6p Tue, Wed, Fri.

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Museo Rocsen

The eclectic museum operated by anthropologist and curator Juan Santiago Bouchon. It contains more than 11,000 pieces including antique motorcycles, mounted butterflies, human skulls, Buddha statues, film projectors, Catholic altars, 19th century instruments of torture, a shrunken head and a 1200 year old Peruvian mummy.

Alto de la Quinta 5887, Nono, Cordoba. $1.75 admission. 9am-sunset.

Museo Nacional del Teatro (National Theatre Museum)

Established in 1936, the theatre museum is located in the Cervantes National Theatre. It contains a collection of photographs, posters, handbills, documents, costumes, and personal belongings of actors, actresses, and authors of the past two centuries. Featured are such theatrical giants such as Lolita Torres, Milagros de la Vega, and Pepino 88. Besides the exhibits, there are many fantastic activities such as readings, book presentations, filmings, workshops, and theatrical productions.

Av. Cordoba 1199, Buenos Aires. Mon-Fri 10a-6p. Guided tours in Spanish on Wed, 2.30p. Free entrance.

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