By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Paris time in the summer. What to do?

A: The City of Light is perfect year-round as a travel destination so be prepared for many summer treats with many of them being free. Take a stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, walk down the Champs Elysees, buy a baguette, wine and cheese from a local vendor and make your way up to the steps of the Sacre Couer in the Montmartre district or sit on the many benches located by the hundreds of squares.

Visitors who find themselves in Paris on Saturdays often drop by the Clignancourt, a huge indoor and outdoor compilation of art galleries with many antique dealers hawking their wares. It is arguably one of the largest flea markets in Europe that stretches for blocks.

They say tourists who come here for a bargain are often left with extravagantly high-priced items and on the occasion a faux “fake.” To get there take Métro #4 to the Porte Clignancourt stop.

If you’re planning on spending a few days here, it’s a good idea to purchase a Paris Visite travel pass. These handy cards give you unlimited travel on metro buses, RER trains and the SNCF Ile de France trains.

There are a variety of passes you can choose from depending on your length of stay and areas of interest. In this public transportation system, Paris is separated into various zones. Zones 1-3 is for tourists who wish to get around Paris from the Eiffel Tower to the Cite des Sciences; Zones 1-5 is for tourists who want to go further abroad.

This is good for travel to the Chateau de Versailles or to the Charles de Gaulle airport; Zones 1-8 is for tourists who want to really spread their wings and visit as far as Rambouillet, Fontainebleau or Provins.

When you purchase your pass you’ll also get a special coupon booklet with discounts to 16 city landmarks and tours. Prices start from 8.35EUR for adults. For more information, visit


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