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.
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When to go
In summertime, when sunny days make for more romantic strolls canalside.
PlanesParis Charles de Gaulle is a 40-minute drive away.
TrainsFor Eurostar arrivals, the Paris Gare du Nord is a 20-minute taxi ride away.
AutomobilesL'horreur – driving in Paris is madcap and requires a car with contortionist settings. Take the Metro instead.