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Known as The City of Light, Paris is the capital of France.  The French  consider that Paris stands at the pinnacle of civilization, providing the best human society can offer in terms of art, literature, fashion and food.

Frugal and Friendly visitors to the French capital, however, need not be daunted!   In Paris there is so much to do that is inexpensive if not free!  Ernest Hemingway and his literati friends were certainly not rich when they traipsed around the city he referred to as a “moveable feast.”  Paris is so enjoyable because it is the epitome of the concept of a large city as an outdoor museum.  The ratiocinated “grand boulevards,” ubiquitous ornamental gardens and huge public spaces turn the most humble visitor to the city into an actor in a never-ending drama. The Frugal and Friendly Guide to Paris will serve as your guide to getting around the city cost effectively; leaving it up to you as to what role, if any, you wish to play in the performance.

Eiffel Tower

While Paris is an ancient city, its most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower,  was built comparatively recently.

The monumental structure was opened in 1889 to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution.

Its construction came after the mid-century “clean-up” of the city, when Baron Haussmann knocked down numerous cramped medieval neighbourhoods to create the wide thoroughfares for which the City of Light is so well known. 

The multiple viewing platforms offer stunning views of the Paris’s sweeping boulevards and beautiful architecture.  Our guide will show you the best way to visit the Eiffel Tower.

Louvre Museum

Even more daunting is a visit to The Louvre, reckoned by many to be the world’s finest museum.  

It can take a week to walk through all the galleries of the museum itself.  To deal with the hordes of tourists who annually flock to the museum,  a new underground entrance was built which is topped by a controversial pyramid designed by IM Pei. 

Watching the glass clean being clean has itself become a tourist attraction. But there for most people there is a better entrances to the museum, Frugal and Friendly Guide wil tell you about these and the best times to visit the great cultural icon as well.

We also have suggestions and a detailed itinerary with various options so you can get the most out of visit to the Louvre.


 

Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris is home to a number of beautiful and ancient churches.

The most famous of these by far is Notre Dame.  The Haunt of Quasimodo, Victor Hugo’s “hunchback” is actually located on a small island (Ile de la Cite) located in the Seine, the river which flows through Paris.  

You probably already know the difference between a flying buttress and a gargoyle, tbut the Frugal and Friendly Guide to Paris will help you navigate your way around this most famous religious edifice.


Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre


Paris is not just about ancient culture.  It’s a a modern commercial city and the centre of France’s political life. 

With its pipes, ducts and other infrastructure on garish exterior the astonishing art museum called the Centre Pompidou stands in contrast to the elegant mansard roofs that predominate in old section of the city known as The Beaubourg. 

A visit to this most modern of art galleries will be on the itinerary of many visitors to Paris.

The Frugal and Friendly guide will help you navigate around both the Museum and the surrounding area.

 

Chateau Versailles

Chateau Versailles

Paris is also a base for visiting other parts of  the Ile de France (Greater Paris Region).  Many visitors will combine a visit to the city with a trip to Versailles. 

The beautiful chateau with its enormous gardens is a draw for anyone who wants to explore France’s royal past; it is also an ideal spot for a picnic.

 

 

 


Napoleon's Tomb

Napoleon's Tomb


A trip to Paris can be daunting for even the hardiest person; Napoleon Bonaparte himself ended up fleeing the city in disgrace.  

The Frugal and Friendly Guide to Paris will show you great places to eat, drink, shop, walk, cycle and just hang out in the French capital. 

If you are planning on a trip to Paris with children in tow, we list places where they can be entertained and play as well.

We’ll tell you the best sights, and we provide easy to read street maps and itineraries for the most popular museums.

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Copenhagen

 


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Copenhagen, the capitol of the Kingdom of Denmark, is a great destination for the frugal traveller. One is never far from the sea in this beautiful Baltic city. There are so many bridges connecting Copenhagen’s many neighbourhoods that it is easy to forget the city is situated on an archipelago. The largest and newest of these is the breath-taking Oresund Bridge, which opened in 2000. The 8 kilometre long bridge terminates at the Swedish city of Malmo, which means that visitors to Copenhagen can enjoy two holidays for the price of one. Copenhagen is as good a base for exploring southern Sweden as it for venturing further afield in Denmark itself

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

Copenhagen’s best known island/neighbourhoods include, the Centrum (city centre), where one finds the old medieval town; Christianshavn, noted for its canals and beautiful castle; Vesterbro, formerly known for its red light district, but now replete with trendy shops.

The Christiansborg Palace and the surrounding complex houses the parliament and the offices of the Danish government .  

At the other end of the political spectrum is the “free town” of Christiana.  This part of Copenhagen was founded by hippies and works as a kind of city within a city, run on a communal basis.  

The most famous of Copenhagen’s many attractions was built with entertainment mind.  

The Tivoli Gardens and Amusement Park has been attracting tourists for the last two centuries.

 

Getting Around. Bicycles and Canal Boats.

Copenhagen’s denizens sometimes refer to their city Venice of the North.

Many visitors opt for a leisurely tour of Denmark’s capitol city on board of a canal boat.

You can board one of these at Nyhaven (Newhaven), which is another popular area of the city.

Nyhaven is a good place to get a coffee, drink or have a bite to eat.

There are numerous inexpensive cafes, some of which are located in permanently moored ships and canal boats. Another name for Copenhagen is the City of the Bike.

Half of the city’s citizen cycle as their everyday form of transport. For visitor, bicycling in Copenhagen can be totally free! The City provides a free public bike service. You will find rows of bikes at any train station. You have to insert Danish kronor to rent a bike, but you get the coin back when you bring it back to a station. There are strict limits to the area where you can use these bikes.

 

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

The statue commemorates the story of the same name by Denmark’s most famous author, Hans Christian Anderson.

The tranquil little woman has surprisingly been the source of much controversy. One source of friction is that, as the national icon of Denmark, the statue has naturally attracted numerous copycats; many cities and towns in Denmark have their own ‘Little Mermaid.”

The government’s decision to remove the statue from its traditional location, 10 meters from the shores of Copenhagen, and move it to the other side of the world., also caused a good deal of controversy.

The statue was taken to Shanghai to feature in Denmark’s world expo pavilion. Travellers who want to see the famous mermaid should check with Copenhagen’s tourist board before they travel, to make sure she hasn’t swum off somewhere else!

 

Malmö

Malmö


Further Afield: Malmo & Bornholm. Frugal travellers will be tempted to make any trip to Copenhagen a Two Country Vacation!

You can hop onto Copenhagen’s efficient tram system at the Central Station and be in Sweden in a few minutes.

The ancient city of Malmo is a worth a day’s visit in its own right.

Further afield, why not visit the beautiful but little known island of Bornholm.

 

 

 

Bornholm

Bornholm

 

You can get to Bornholm using a bus and ferry service that takes you first to Sweden.

You board the ship for the hour-long ride across the Baltic.

Many of the island’s inhabitants rent out rooms cheaply. Bornholm is known for its seafood, especially herring.

You often see people on the island eating herring and chips.

In the summer, Bornholm’s lovely beaches attract tourists from Poland, Germany, Estonia and elsewhere in the Baltic.


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San Francisco

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The denizens of San Francisco, and many others, consider the city by the bay to be the most beautiful in the United States, if not the world. 

It certainly true that a combination of the urban areas assets, such as its tranquil but dramatic coastal setting, its  famous liberal communities, and its lovely Victorian architecture make it one of the most well visited cities on earth. 

The city limits themselves are set within a relatively small urban area, but the greater San Francisco area sprawls over numerous hills and valleys which altogether contain about ten million people. 

Many people who come to San Francisco expect the weather to be like Los Angeles;  Northern California has a different climate, but there are times when you can visit San Francisco and soak up the sun!   

This makes it a challenge for Frugal and Friendly travellers, but our guide book will show you how to get the most of your visit to the city without breaking your budget.

"Painted Ladies" in Alamo Square

"Painted Ladies" in Alamo Square


The city by the Bay has a number of evocative sites and neighborhoods, each of which justify a visit in their own right.

These include Fisherman’s Wharf,  Chinatown, Russian Hill, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, the Mission District, North Beach and Castro.

The area around Alamo Square is one of the most photographed urban spots in America.  

Outside of the city, the coastal roads stretching to both the north and south are famous for their breathtaking beauty.

 

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

The working harbor at Fisherman’s wharf is San Francisco’s best known tourist attraction.  

From here you can also take a ferry to the island of Alcatraz.  

America’s most famous prison has been closed for decades.  

It has been turned into a museum, from which you both sample the notorious past of the infamous rogues incarcerated there, such as Al Capone, and enjoy spectacular views of the Bay.

San Francisco may be the only place where people pay to go  to prison.Visitors consider that the the combination of a visit to the island and a trip across San Francisco Bay represents good value for the Frugal and Friendly visitor to the city.

Russian Hill ZigZag

Russian Hill ZigZag


There are people who still visit San Francisco just to ride on its famous cable cars.

Others love to take up the daunting challenge of driving up and down its famous steep streets.

San Francisco is famous for its bohemian people and neighborhoods, and is as close to being the Gay Capital of the United States as is any city.  

At the same time it is a wealthy city with a vibrant business community, and the home of many innovative IT companies and industrial leaders.

 

 

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