F OR CULT UR E V ULT UR E S
No stay in Paris is complete without a museum visit. While exploring the Louvre can take a full day or more, a simple stroll on the grounds to see the iconic pyramid is worthwhile. From there, take a 20-minute walk to the Pompidou Centre, an impressive building designed “inside out” that houses Europe’s largest collection of modern art, a large public library, and a top-floor observation deck.
Another option for your art fix is the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Looking more like a stunning spaceship than a building, it boasts free micro-tours for hurried travelers. And if the art of the written word is more your style, walk the streets of the Latin Quarter to visit the homes and cafés where Hemingway, Camus, Kerouac, and other famous authors lived and wrote. Stop at the Englishlanguage bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and then take your find to the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg to read among the manicured gardens and marble statues.