F OR CULT UR E V ULT UR E S

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - The Insider -

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.

Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre

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