If you get your timing right, you can get into some museums free of charge – both the Musee du Louvre and Musee Rodin are free on the first Sunday of the month from 1st October to 31 March. And there are plenty that are free on the first Sunday of the month, all year round – like the Musee des Arts et Metiers, the Musee national Eugene Delacroix and the Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, just to name a few. In addition, there are many museums with permanent collections that are free every day, all year round, for example Musee Carnavalet, Musee Cernushi or Musee Cognacq Jay.
Get your Vitamin D intake and spend the day strolling around a park – try the 17th Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th, or Jardin de Plantes in the 5th – great for a picnic lunch, people watching or simply reading a book.
Visit Brancusi’s studio – Instead of spending your money in Le Pompidou, find the studio of Constantin Brancusi in the same square. This revolutionary sculptor left his workshop and all its contents to the French state – the Pompidou Centre reconstructed it in front of the Museum.
Get your Vitamin D intake #2 by walking the Promenade Plantee (Coulee verte Rene Dumont) – 4.7km of elevated linear tree lined walkway built on top of an obsolete railway infrastructure in the 12th.
Have a picnic on Square du Vert-Galant, and watch the sunset – for the cost of a bottle of wine, a baguette and a wedge of some smelly cheese, go down to the tip of the Ile de la Cité at dusk, for a romantic evening.
Check out a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette in the 9th, on the 4th floor in the main store (Lafayette Coupole) – mostly on Fridays at 3pm for 30 minutes. Reserve tickets on line, send an email, phone or make a reservation at the Welcome desk at the main – and find out what chic Parisians are wearing