Stay: The typical hotel room in Paris can be very expensive per square foot, especially at the current exchange rate. Consider renting a flat instead. You'll have more space to spread out and a kitchen for coffee-and-croissant breakfasts or late-night baguette-and-cheese snacks. And you'll probably feel like you got more for your money. The Paris Notes newsletter (Web site) and the Slow Travel (Web site) are good places to start an apartment search and feature lists of agencies, recommendations and travelers' reviews.
Take-out food: Paris' outdoor markets are the place to put together a lunchtime picnic you can eat perched on a park bench or swinging your legs over a wall above the River Seine. There's a "marché" in every neighborhood, and they usually operate two days a week; schedules are in the official city guide published by the aptly named Editions L'Indispensable, on sale at many bookstores, news kiosks and stationary stores. Two charmers are the Marché Beauvau on Thursdays and Sundays in the Place d'Aligre near the Bastille, and the Place Maubert market in the 5th arrondissement, or district.
Feast your eyes: Daunted by the Louvre? Try some smaller doses of culture, like the Rodin Museum (79 rue de Varenne, Web site), which displays the sculptor's work in a mansion and rose garden, or the Picasso Museum (5 rue de Thorigny, Web site). The Cluny Museum (6 place Paul Painlevé, Web site) is worth a visit just to see the medieval Unicorn Tapestries make a beeline for them and no one will slap your hand for ignoring the rest of the collection. Looking to buy? Window-shop at the galleries along the rue de Seine in the 6th arrondissement.
Keep moving: When you've had enough of watching other people exercise, there are some great ways to stretch out in Paris. You can play tennis for a nominal fee, or join a pickup hoops game, in the Jardin du Luxembourg (6th arrondissement). Bicycles built for two, or one, are rented by Paris à Vélo (22 rue Alphonse Baudin, Web site), which also offers specialty city tours, including a dawn ride. Paris has one of the best urban in-line skating scenes anywhere; www.pari-roller.com gives the lowdown on the Friday Night Fever gathering, a challenging, police-escorted mob skate that's usually about 18 miles long. The route changes weekly. A less strenuous outing leaves from the Place de la Bastille at 2:30 every Sunday afternoon. Maps and French-language information are available online.
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