Canal Saint-Martin, France

Yann Tiersen’s nostalgic ivory-tickling might drift into your head as you wander by Canal Saint-Martin’s waterways: its cast-iron bridges and narrow boulevards provide a whimsical backdrop for stone skimming in Amélie. Boat rides run its length, even ducking into the subterranean sections, and cafés line the sides. If you were hoping for a serene afternoon à la the charmant film’s hero, avoid the weekend, when brunchers mean lively conversation and tables spilling onto streets.

When to go

In summertime, when sunny days make for more romantic strolls canalside.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Paris Charles de Gaulle is a 40-minute drive away.
  • Trains

    For Eurostar arrivals, the Paris Gare du Nord is a 20-minute taxi ride away.
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    L'horreur – driving in Paris is madcap and requires a car with contortionist settings. Take the Metro instead.