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The best places to explore when you've got little to spend

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Deyrolle, 6th arrondissement: What looks like a charming gardening shop from the street contains a veritable Noah’s Ark of taxidermy on the second floor, from beetles with iridescent carapaces to lions and bears.

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Tuileries Garden, 1st arrondissement: These impeccably manicured grounds date back to the mid-16th century and offer views of the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Musée d’Orsay. Perfect for a picnic, a jog or a true French kiss.


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Marché Bio, 6th arrondissement: Outdoor markets are ubiquitous in Paris, but every Sunday morning throughout the year, this entirely organic destination for discerning foodies also makes for fantastic photo ops. Incidentally, a stand selling English muffins is among the most popular.


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Drouot, 9th arrondissement: Remarkably, there's no admission fee to watch the live auctions which, on any given afternoon, might include rare vintage jewellery, atlases, coins, textiles and insect collections. Just remember to keep your hands in your lap.

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Montparnasse Cemetery, 14th arrondissement: Even if you have no intention of paying respects to Charles Baudelaire, Simone de Beauvoir, Serge Gainsbourg, Samuel Beckett, Man Ray and Jean Seberg (all buried here), the distinctive gravestones and meandering paths encourage existential and creative contemplation.

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