|A bustling street in the Marais|
Through the centuries, the Marais has transitioned from dandy to dumpy. Today it is one of the trendiest areas in which to live and hang out.
Our first trek through the Marais begins at Place de la Bastille, continues to Place des Vosges, winds through the Jewish Quarter, passes the Centre Georges Pompidou and ends at Hôtel de Ville. Later in the week, we find ourselves back in the Marais to visit the musée Carnavalet (Parisian history museum), admire the Pompidou's incredible modern art collection and in search of bagels to bring home.
|The Bastille monument|
|Jardins des Archives Nationales|
|A statue in the Jardins des Archives |
Nationales, described as one of the
most romantic gardens in Paris
|Maybe they're right: Look how romantic we look!|
|Louis XIII statue in Place des Vosges, a popular public |
square that Louis's dad had built
|There always seems to be a huge line at this |
particular falafel place. We decide to eat across the
street at a table instead of standing up.
|The plaza next to the Pompidou Center|
|The colorful exoskeleton of Centre Georges Pompidou|
|Sunshine and a view! Quelle journée super!|
|Did I mention there's art at the Pompidou |
too? Merely one of Europe's best
collections of 20th century art.
|I include this photo of the lower level of the |
Pompidou because I am surprised at how
empty and bus-station-like it is. There's
even a guy sleeping on the floor. But, no line for
les toilettes, so je suis content.
|This understated building is the Hôtel de Ville, |
the city hall of Paris since 1357.
|Detail of a lamppost at the Hôtel de Ville|