Parsing Paris

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February 26, 2009
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  In our city guide to Paris, Erwan Bouroullec curates a must-see list in the French capital. Photo by: Jessica Antola

    In our city guide to Paris, Erwan Bouroullec curates a must-see list in the French capital. Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  The rue du Faubourg du Temple cuts through lower Belleville and its cultural cross sections: Chinese dim-sum palaces to halal butchers, French pastry shops to bric-a-brac stores serving a variety of ethnic communities.
    The rue du Faubourg du Temple cuts through lower Belleville and its cultural cross sections: Chinese dim-sum palaces to halal butchers, French pastry shops to bric-a-brac stores serving a variety of ethnic communities.
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  People-watching at the casual hang-out L’Autre Café.
    People-watching at the casual hang-out L’Autre Café.
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  The venerable Crillon, a “palace hotel” of gilt trimmings and privilege overlooking the Place de la Concorde.
    The venerable Crillon, a “palace hotel” of gilt trimmings and privilege overlooking the Place de la Concorde.
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  Erwan advises that Paris’s finest architecture can be found in its train stations—such as the Gare de Lyon pictured here. “I love all those 19th-century buildings created by engineers who worked in metal,” he adds.
    Erwan advises that Paris’s finest architecture can be found in its train stations—such as the Gare de Lyon pictured here. “I love all those 19th-century buildings created by engineers who worked in metal,” he adds.
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  The most famous flea market, beyond Porte de Clignancourt on the north edge of the city, is a treasure trove for antique hunters, with specialist stands chock-full of items from every decade—from Art Deco on up.
    The most famous flea market, beyond Porte de Clignancourt on the north edge of the city, is a treasure trove for antique hunters, with specialist stands chock-full of items from every decade—from Art Deco on up.
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  “I think people see Paris as a ville-musée because it has such an extreme sense of 
time about it,” Erwan tells us. “It keeps the trace of things that existed a thousand years earlier. It’s a city with depth—the more you hunt and dig, the more clues you discover.”
    “I think people see Paris as a ville-musée because it has such an extreme sense of time about it,” Erwan tells us. “It keeps the trace of things that existed a thousand years earlier. It’s a city with depth—the more you hunt and dig, the more clues you discover.”
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  The ToolsGalerie in the Marais district spotlights the work of young French designers.
    The ToolsGalerie in the Marais district spotlights the work of young French designers.
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  The Eiffel Tower, which raised more than one eyebrow in 1889.
    The Eiffel Tower, which raised more than one eyebrow in 1889.
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