Paris: A Colorful Visit to Fondation Louis Vuitton

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There are some places I visit and wonder: how the hell did it take me so long to get here? Fondation Louis Vuitton was just one such place for me because, despite having been to Paris many times, I had never quite managed to find the time. I had seen the photos on Instagram, of course, and had admired the unique structure from afar and had generally felt like I really should go there, but it was just one of those things I never could seem to make work.

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While in Paris this past January, I decided the time had finally come to change that. I made my way to the Bois de Boulogne early(ish) one Saturday morning and, the moment my cab pulled up, I realized just what an oversight this had been. The structure is quite simply magnificent: the shape, the colors, and the glass are all stunning. I was a fan, instantly.

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After waiting in line for a ticket, I made my way inside. I took the elevator up to the very top and then worked my way back down. While there are paintings and other works of art on display, I was most interested in the architecture of the place. On the rooftop of the museum, you can really get a close look at all the cool glasswork and shapes that form the building. It’s fascinating!

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The Bottom Line: I would highly recommend a visit to Fondation Louis Vuitton. It’s a bit out of the way, compared to some of Paris’s other, more centrally-located museums, but it’s well worth an extra trek. One tip? Book a ticket online in advance. Doing so had totally slipped my mind, and I paid for this lapse by waiting in a long, totally avoidable line. Minus that, my visit was pretty much perfect.

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