Sunday, November 04, 2012

UN DIMANCHE A PARIS


Just in case you come to Paris and you are here during the first Sunday of the month, entrance to select museums are free.....with a major caveat, line ups! Long ones.

We left early to be at the Louvre before noon, but by the time we got there, the line up stretched into the second courtyard to the left of the Pyramid and it was a 90 minute wait to see some art. That's too long for a patient art lover. And I am not patient.
 
So we strolled through St. Germain for a while, visited some of the stores that were open, read really great Brunch menus before crossing back over the Seine towards the Pompidou to see if the line up for modern art is manageable. 20 minutes is my limit, free or not. 
Lucky for us, we got in very quickly and got to see Miros, Picassos, Kandinskys, Armans and others instead of the Italians such as Titan, Caravaggio and Bellini. Latter I prefer in the form of a fruity summer drink over his art anyway. 
At the Centre Pompidou one finds a very exciting collection of modern art, if you like it. Some of the installations are a bit too much for me, but impressive nevertheless. Many parents schlepped through the exhibition with their kids and those had some of the funnier comments....as you can imagine. I think Isabella enjoyed observing the visitors and their outfits more so than the art. How do you explain a gas mask installation to a 12 year old?

On the way out we got to watch a fun street performance of juggling and clowning by a Canadian artist from Victoria. He held a large crowd for the longest time, hopefully all of them enjoyed it as much as we did and gave him a few coins.
 
 



THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT....

FEELING CULTURAL

THERE'S A LINE UP AT THE LOUVRE...

A LONG LINE UP

ISABELLA HAVING FUN

BLANKING IN PARIS

PONT DES ARTS AND PLENTY OF LOCKS....

 NEXT TIME WE RENT A VELIB

SOUNDS ALL DELICIOUS

COOL PLACE IN ST. GERMAIN

MORE PISTACHIO ICE CREAM INGREDIENTS

WORTH A VISIT

MODERN ART INSTEAD ITALIAN RENAISSANCE


STRAIGHT FROM AN ARTISTS STUDIO

INSTALLATION BY ARMAN

STUDY OF MIRO

NEXT TIME YOU SEE AN ARTIST, BUY SOMETHING!

LARGE AUDIENCE 

FOR THIS CANADIAN STREET PERFORMER

4 comments:

Nadege said...

So nice to see those wonderful photos (David Lebovitz posted an article about GF restaurant Noglu).

Kassandra said...

Thanks so much for the GREAT photos, especially the funny/cute ones of Isabel. I remember the Pompidou Center well...and I always wondered about those lines on the free Sunday, how long they would be...now I know!!!

H.Peter said...

hello Nadege,

the timing of DL's posy was amazing. We just had lunch there, then I googled the place and his post came out first.

More pics to come

H.Peter said...

hello kassandra,

one has to make it fun for kids, or Paris gets old and boring quick. And we are NOT going to Disneyland!