06/01/2012 01:01 pm ET | Updated Aug 01, 2012

How To Do Paris Quickly And Cheaply

People will tell you that you need a lot of money and a lot of time to do Paris.  Not so. My partner and I went to Paris for less than 48 hours in January, saw all the highlights, and best of all, didn't break the bank. Here's how!

  • When it comes to sightseeing, stick with the free stuff.

We travel very often so every dollar saved really counts for us.  Paris is a pricey destination, so we decided to cut corners on sightseeing costs by sticking to the free attractions the city had on offer.  Here is what we saw:

 Sacre Coeur Cathedral

Resting majestically atop the hill in Montmartre (one of Paris' best known districts), the Sacred Heart Cathedral's white domes are probably one of Paris' most recognizable landmarks after the Eiffel Tower.  From here you can also get the most amazing view of Paris- it's the second highest point in the city!

Notre Dame Cathedral
If you're not all cathedral-ed out, the famed Notre Dame is also free to peruse. We had the fortune of dropping in when mass was in session and were treated to music and the grand entrance of the holy men. I also took the opportunity to take a series of silly jumping photos out front.  Because that's just what you do when in gai Paris.

Stroll along the Champs-Elysées

Subject of many songs and literature, a stroll along the avenue is a must-do in Paris.  A walk along this chic street also means that you can hit up other important monuments in the city. The Arc de Triomphe sits stoically at the top of the avenue, while the Place de la Concorde is found at the end.

A Visit to the Louvre
 It's arguably one of Paris most visited attractions. Home to Mona Lisa and Venus, even if you don't like art, you have to go in (or at least take your picture outside the famed glass pyramid like we did- we hate museums, remember??). The Louvre costs anywhere from 10 to 14 euros to view various collections BUT it is FREE for visitors under the age of 18, school teachers of various subjects, and people who can prove they are unemployed, amongst others.  The Louvre is also FREE for everyone on the 1st Sunday of every month.  See the Louvre's website for a more detailed explanation.