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So these past few months while scrambling for a job I must have been extremely vocal about my lack of funds, as well as my love for Los Angeles and my days as a broke Hollywood waitress. I guess my love song to the City of Angels made it's way west (waaaaay west) because a few weeks ago I found both worlds colliding when L.A. based website Broke Girl's Guide asked me to come up with the Paris edition of their new column "2 Days, 1 City 100 bucks".

Could I come up with a two day plan for 100 bucks in Paris? Absolutely! I could make that stretch in a week! But since this is supposed to be a piece encouraging visitors to come and experience Paris on the cheap, I had to spare them from prepackaged food from the Monop' or the fresh mint and shrimp summer rolls that you can pick up for two euros at almost any Chinese restaurant. After all, I'd have to assume that readers following my guide are not coming to Paris to eat Chinese food. Once the reality of the assignment set in, I really had to go through my rolodex of spots in the city to provide a cohesive program for the fellow broke and ultimately hip chick traveling to the City of Light.

Airfare and housing excluded, this is how I'd entertain myself as a tourist with 100 dollars in gay Par-ee. Enjoy!

Two Days in Paris with 100 Bucks

Thank you to the ladies at the Broke Girl's Guide 
for including me in their new travel column! 

Update: This article can also be found on The Huffington Post!

19 comments:

  1. and you included a Space Invader!

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    1. Of course I did, and the fabulous Street Art app! ; )

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  2. What an excellent article Ella, you know Paris and all of its off the touristy track places so well!
    I think you should be the permanent writer about Paris for a travel magazine.
    Congrats!
    Sylvia S.

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    1. Second that! Great article :-)

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    2. Thank you so much ladies! This was my first shot at writing up a guide and I'm glad that it was a success! Your words encourage me to keep plucking at it! Thank you!

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  3. Now to find $100. And an air fare. And accommodation lol Seriously though, I must be due a revisit, I just need to find someone to drag along, which might be a friend of mine whose boyfriend has been promising and not delivering on taking her for 2 years!

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    1. Hahaha, I know what you mean! The pricey part is actually getting here. I do hope you make it over so time in 2013! Get your friend's boyfriend to follow up on his promise! : )

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  4. Uber-chic, just comme toi, the perfect guide! I see the broke girl also likes to fit in a lot of drinkies ;)

    Duchesse - totally, that rubbed me up the wrong way as well.

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    1. Why yes she does like to fit in a cocktail...or two. ; )

      When I was writing it, I noticed that myself. I was like..all broke people do is each cheap food and drink? Yeah that seemed about right....so I just went with it!

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  5. Great article!:)

    Something made me tick in the introduction though: (yah, life is sooo hard) in Paris!

    When will people stop thinking that being a TOURIST in a city and living there are one and the same?! When I was in The Hague, a former colleague in Canada told me: ... when you're at work... if you actually have TIME to work!;)

    That pissed me off! Not only did I work full-time (and the work was hard and mind-numbingly boring at times), but I studied six days a week to boot! Some vacation!

    What do they think? That Parisians are slackers because when tourists go to Paris, they go terrasse-hopping and take long strolls along the Seine?! Is that really how they think people live?!

    Bon, I'm all ranted out now! Back to our regular programme!:)

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    1. It's funny, the intro didn't bug me at all. It's just the cheeky tone of the site. I've been reading them for a while now so I guess I'm just used to it.

      Paris has and will always have a stigma of being a lazy and romantic city, where people think "come on, it can't be that bad". I don't see that changing anytime soon. Mostly because it's the fantasy that people want to believe in. No one wants to know about the stuffed and stinky Line 1 heading to La Defense on weekday mornings, the necessary bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic that we sit in every night under the viaduct from La Chapelle to Stalingrad, or the fact that unemployment has been increasing every year. That's why added that Sex and the City finale bit. Because before I came here, I too thought Paris would be just like that...a fashion dream of suave men, haute cuisine and of course haute couture. ; )

      I hope you at least enjoyed the article!

      ..ps - it was reprinted in the Huffington Post! : )

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    2. Wow! I'm telling you, you should be doing this professionally girl!
      Congrats

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  6. That was nice, sounded little bit like our last trip to Paris. There wasn't any restaurants included for lunch and dinner, it easily can make the budget trip to explose in Paris.

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    1. Thanks Sini! Dining can definitely add up! I think that's the most expensive part of travel, after the airfare!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  7. Great timing, Ella! I've been looking for some trendy, uber-cool places to take our kids when they're in town for the holidays, although I probably won't tell them about the strawberry slut at U.F.O.!

    Like Gwan and Duchesse, the intro got my hackles up but I'm glad I kept reading. Good stuff!

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    1. MK, I think YOU'RE due for a Strawberry Slut! All it is (if my memory serves me correctly) is vodka, Pago Strawberry juice, a splash of Perrier and a squeeze of fresh lime. A slut would SO drink that. ; )

      Thanks for reading and I hope you take one of my suggestions, I think your kids would love it! Wow, the holidays are really creeping up, aren't they?

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  8. Congratulations on having this oublished.

    Well as I may possibly loose my job soon, I have been trying to figure out ways I can still go to Paris.

    Love J.P. Timbauld and the Oberkampf area even though I might be the oldest rocker in the street, nobody seems to mind.

    Love Denise

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    1. Oh no Denise! I'm so sorry to read this! I hope that you will at least be eligible for unemployment while you look for work, or better, you won't lose your job. Sending my prayers out to you.

      And can I just say that the oldest rocker equals the COOLEST rocker. That was so my dad! Can you please fill us in on your rocker life in a blog post? : )


      xo.

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  9. LOL! Well my next trip to Paris is not till January 13th as I am saving money, but I will certainly keep you Posted as my friend and I are staying in the Oberkampf area.

    As a consolation have been to Glasgow this weekend and here is my facebook status from Friday night.

    "If you want to get rid of your anxieties, go to a Magic of Motown concert, which is so fantastic that half way through you cant help dancing in the aisles like you have just come out of the shower naked and you are singing with your hairbrush!"

    Loved Finding noons comment " never mind the concert, I want your shower"!


    Thanks for your good wishes, certainly appreciated.

    Love Denise

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