This fashionable district is filled with boutiques, galleries and bars. It once was the City’s Jewish quarter, and there are still numerous kosher restaurants. The grassy Place des Vosges with its beautiful fountains has elegant arcades, is home to Musee Victor Hugo where the writer lived.
Next on the list was this three story building which opened in 1985 and holds the world’s largest collection of Pablo Picasso’s work. It encompasses all artistic movements and themes of his work and explores his creative process through drawings and sketches.
We had lunch at Gribouille, an outdoor café where I had my along awaited Croque Monsieur – a little disappointing but the French fries sure were tasty!!
Final stop in Le Marais was the Pompidou Centre which opened in 1977 to great fanfare. It is certainly different – a little too odd architecturally even for me. It does house the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. There are programs and activities for all ages. Kathy and I were excited to see such a large exhibition of Kandinsky.
This was a long and busy day. The traffic and the crowds were overwhelming. The view from the 6th floor of the Pompidou Centre was gorgeous though – with great views of Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame (sad).
Too tired to go out to dinner – ordered room service.