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....
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
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!
FOR THIS CANADIAN STREET PERFORMER