Posted July 27, 2016

Paris Through the Senses: SEE

Destinations

We’re celebrating our arrival in this gorgeous European capital with a 5-part blog series. Read about our favorite ways to experience Paris through all the senses: what we love to taste, smell, feel and hear in the City of Light.

Hero Paris Skyline

SEE the Hottest New Landmarks and Hangouts

With a 360-degree view over Paris, the hotel’s rooftop will provide a vantage point for locating some of the city’s most iconic destinations, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, the Louvre, Opera Garnier and the Pompidou. But beyond the classics lie some newer architectural masterpieces and hangouts worth discovering such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton and Canal Saint-Martin. Designed by Frank Gehry, the former is located just outside Paris’ borders, but it’s easy to get to by public transport—and well worth the trek. The glass-paneled structure itself is a marvel to explore (especially with the free audio guide), as are its rotating exhibits, which have featured the likes of Edward Munch’s “The Scream” and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Grillo.”

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The FLV’s sophisticated Gehry building features rotating art exhibits, like this redecorating of its clear glass walls titled “L’Observatoire de la Lumiere”. (Photo credit: ©Iwan Baan/Fondation Louis Vuitton)

Over at the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement, it’s people-watching at its finest. From morning until the wee hours of the night, the banks of this waterway come alive with the city’s bobos (les hipsters).

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A beautiful twilight at the Canal.

Whether they’re picnic-ing, bise-ing (that’s French slang for kissing) or just strolling along the quay, this is the new spot to see and be seen.

— Sara Lieberman

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