When we visit a city like Paris billion plans to do emerge: visit the most emblematic monuments, stroll by the river, excursions to nearby places, visit the main museums … And often in these activities we must pay the price the entry, adding and adding, can make our budget trip to trip.
So it is always good to consider what the cities offer free events to combine them with the visits required more expensive and thus balance the scales a little expense. And do not doubt but that the great European cities have many things to do without spending a dime. Here are a few.
Modern Art Museum
Very close to the world famous Eiffel Tower, in the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo, or Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris. Over 8,000 museum pieces make up the permanent collection of the gallery that houses paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations made in the twentieth century, depicting trends such as cubism and abstraction. Find in their halls works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein.
At the heart of the Marais found this great private mansion between a courtyard and an elegant garden that houses a collection of art from the eighteenth century with paintings and drawings by Chardin, Boucher, Fragonard and Watteau, as well as furniture, sculpture and jewelry that recreate the atmosphere the Paris of that time. This collection was donated to the city by businessman Ernest Cognacq and his wife Louise Jay, founder of the Samaritaine department stores. Find it at 8 rue Elzevir.
Victor Hugo House
Close to the above, also in the Marais district, we will find the famous Place des Vosges where is located the residence to the writer Victor Hugo between the years 1832 and 1848. On this visit we will know its history through different furniture and memories left, organized according to the three life stages: before, during and after the exile in Guernsey. In this beautiful building, particularly on the second floor, the author wrote several of his most important works, including most of “Les Miserables”. On the first floor there are temporary exhibitions.
Although the novelist Honore de Balzac lived in different houses in the city of Paris, this is the only one that has come up until today. To find it we will go to 47 rue Raynouard, in the Trocadero district – Passy. This is the place where the author gave way to “The Human Comedy”, and today various elements associated with it are exhibited manuscripts, original editions of his works, illustrations and paintings and documents belonging to him and his family.
And in addition… free the first Sunday of the month
Do not think that this offer travelers free entry is only thing of less famous attractions, Louvre Museum opens its doors in this way the first Sunday of each month throughout the year.
Also open for free on the first Sunday of each month other important places such as the Pompidou Centre, Musee d’Orsay, Orangerie Museum, and the Museum for 30 years, the Museum of Hunting and Nature, and museums dedicated to Picasso, Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Moreau, Rodin and Ernest Hebert.