I just received my new copy of LET'S GO BUDGET PARIS. I was pretty excited since the LET'S GO series had been my best friend in the past. In 1986, LET'S GO EUROPE got me all around Europe with my backpack and Eurail. In 1992, I scored a hotel room for me and my husband for $35/night using the LET'S GO FRANCE. But it's been a while since I bought a current edition.
So I dug into this one last night. I was really shocked at how skimpy it was - actually read most of it in an hour. I suppose, in internet era, there's lots of information to be had in other ways. So this guide didn't need to have every little detail in writing.
Things I liked:
- It made me feel 22 again! And of course, this series is really written for the student crowd.
- If you're young (or young at heart,) you'll find the latest and hippest places to hang out.
- The book was skimpy, but this meant it wasn't overwhelming. It made Paris seem like an easy place to hang out and have fun. And I certainly agree with that!
- Since eating out can really eat into your budget, there are some great suggestions for inexpensive meals.
- There were some great bargain places to stay including hostels and hotels. Just be warned, there are age limits on the hostels and the hotels are not luxurious, but fantastic for price and other funky qualities. I was happy to see a really hip hotel I visited in 1987 that's still listed!
- It didn't get all hung up on the usual tourist attractions, but pointed out some quicker and sometimes more obscure attractions.
What didn't I like? Read more.