After taking my dear time to get up and out of the hotel this morning (it's getting harder to do this each day as I am still exhausted from the day before and OMG Versailles Gardens had my legs aching so much), I walked to the St. Michel station and started my trip up to Montmartre to see the Basilique. I call it the mosque-looking place that I see every time I
Now, only a few travel websites mentioned this place, and I realised why.
I did not actually make it to the Basilique because the streets in Montmartre were deserted of tourists at the time I went (10 a.m.) and all I saw were shady-looking characters a la Henry Street Port-of-Spain. This is a street back home that I had to pass through to get to a bookstore and I think I will do without any books from there. I'm not a fan of people just loitering in front of workplaces or on the street corners. They should be at work or doing something else productive. I felt very uncomfortable in that neighbourhood this morning so after walking a couple blocks and not seeing an improvement, I re-traced my steps to the train station and headed down to the Centre Pompidou and the Marais.
Marais is a very fancy place. The travel websites like to call it 'aristocratic', which is a nice way of saying expensive. I found the Pompidou easily as its architecture allows it to stand out anywhere.
I used the lift and escalators right up to the top floor and got this view:
There was a little restaurant out on the terrace that you could see from inside:
As I entered, I was greeted by this piece made entirely of bottle aluminium bottle caps strung and squashed together.
I went to the Contemporary Art gallery first where I saw the 10 Liz Taylor piece from Andy Warhol, an embroidered piece from Alighiero Boetti
Pieces by Luigi Di Sarro, Sigmar Polke and Verner Panton, who did a huge colourful model
Demakersvan did this one by bending galvanise to make a picture:
Theverymany made a HUGE model using computational architecture:
Carsten Holler's mushroom was anatomically correct and about seven feet tall:
Yaacov Agam designed and created this entire room of colour ranges:
After that I went to the Modern Art gallery where I saw pieces that I liked by Matisse, Magnelli, Braque, Picasso, Leger, Kupka, Kandinsky, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Chagall, Dali, Bonnard, Pollock, Vasarely and Matta. I also liked Robert Le Ricolais polyten bridge models. Takis had a musicale using a metal bar danging on a string that randomly makes contact with another taut musical string and Burry made a cracked textured painting that I loved. Outside the Pompidou on the terrace was another piece but the artist's name escapes me right now.
After that I walked around Marais for while and got some clothes on sale at H&M. I checked out Galleries Lafayette but it reminded me of Macy's, so it was nothing spectacular but very crowded.
After that I bought lasagna at the Monoprix where the lady dishing out my food laughed at me when she asked how much and I told her half a spoon (was I supposed to have an idea in my head how much a kilo of lasagna is by eyeballing? I ended up with 0.1kg anyhow) and the cashier was quite rude.