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A glass cloud? A floating sailboat? A smashed perfume bottle?

Nope, it’s the new Fondation Louis Vuitton recently opened in the Jardin d’acclimatation in the Bois de Bologne in the west of Paris. The merging of two visions between LVMH’s CEO, Bernard Arnault and Frank Gehry the controversial Canadian-American architect-extraordinaire. I headed there on a very grey Parisian day with my youngest strapped into his pram. There is no doubt when you arrive at the entrance that this building is special. It is ginormous in size and the shiny Louis Vuitton Logo stands out like a diamond encrusted brooch on the entrance lapel . From the publicity photos the building seems as if it’s floating like a glass cloud above the park and has in fact been described as a “cloud of glass – magical, ephemeral, all transparent” by Mr Gehry himself in a 2006 interview with the Guardian . But as I stood outside admiring it’s size I didn’t get a sense of anything light – the gallery is imposing, grand, powerful and dominant – which is perhaps a reflection of the luxury conglomerate itself. …

Ski suits swinging from the ceiling

As the temperatures drop in the Northern Hemisphere and you dream of warm duvets then it’s worth visiting a Moncler store. The brands outerwear is just that – super high fashion duvets. Who knew that a skiing label could become so stylish that even if you don’t set foot on a ski slope you wouldn’t look out of place. I visited the Moncler store on Rue Faubourg Saint Honore, it is a masterpiece ! My favourite part, seeing the mannequins suspended from the ceiling dressed in – you guessed it – ski suit-esque garb. It’s a store full of imagination – beautifully merchandised, creatively designed and with awesome tunes playing the background you’ll want to spend hours just browsing.

Ready, set, aller! Navigate Paris with these reads

While the simple app on your smart phone is very quick and SO tech forward, there’s nothing like the printed version! Open the book, turn the pages, see the photos and read the stories… Here are my top three at the moment. If you love history and your mode of transport is the Metro, then this is a great way to tick both of those off the list. The book follows Lorant Deutsch, an historian and lifelong Francophile as he uses the 21-stops on the Paris underground to unveil events from French history – a super fun, awesome way to spend time in the beautiful city while brushing up on your history. Metronome by Lorant Deutsch Food, clothing, live animals (yes really!) – too many markets and so little time? Get yourself the Markets of Paris Second Edition mini-guide written and compiled by Dixon Long and Marjorie R. Williams. This little black book of markets takes you through the entire market scene in the city, including organic produce, artisanal vendors and antiques. It also includes virtual markets as …