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Musée Carnavalet is a free museum situated in the heart of the bustling Marais district not only contains some of the most extraordinary artifacts about the city itself (the floor dedicated to the Revolution will send every French history nerd’s heart a-flutter), but one of the most breathtaking topiary gardens anywhere.
Trippy member Courtney shares “There’s a ball room on the top floor that is one of the most amazing rooms I’ve ever seen in my life—don’t miss it!
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Given the history, beauty, and prime location of this centuries-old park and shopping arcade, it’s astounding that Le Palais Royal isn’t jam-packed with tourists day and night. Art lovers in particular should check out Daniel Buren’s work, “Colonnes de Buren” which caused uproar among art lovers and Parisians alike when it was installed in the late 80s.
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In that rare category known as “Places Even Most Parisians Don’t Know About,” this compound of artists’ studios tucked under an old train viaduct allows visitors to watch true craftspeople do their thing live and in person. Even if you’re not in a creative mood, it’s worth a trip just to wander across the Promenade Plantée, a serene and glorious stretch of green space that runs directly above the Viaduc des Arts itself. And if you’re looking to get in a little exercise in between indulging on formage and pâté, Trippy member Sebastien also recommends it as a great place to go for a run.
Trippy member Anna describes it as “a gorgeous park in a locals-only neighborhood with trails up rocks, caves, waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and a small stone gazebo on the top of the rock with a 360-degree view.”
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While it’s completely unclear why this Musee de l’Orangerie, home to an extraordinary collection of Claude Monet’s famous water lilies series, rarely has more than a few people in it at a time, what’s completely obvious is that it’s one of the most moving experiences the city has to offer; an especially bold statement given the city. Trippy member Paul says that in addition to Monet’s water lilies, housed downstairs, the upstairs is full of incredible art as well.