Puddles in Paris

We went to the Centre Pompidou this morning, a modern and contemporary art museum featuring legendary artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Jackson Pollack, to name just a few.  We also got the opportunity to see a series of photographs by Robert Doisneau, the photographer featured in the coffee table book I mentioned in my post about Les Halles.  His photos of Paris from the 1940’s are realistic black and white chronicles of Parisians living their everyday lives in a Paris that obviously looks much different from today.

The Centre Pompidou building itself is quite a piece of art.  The building design is outrageously different and unique possessing a modern flair.  The escalators run through clear shoots that are visible from the outside of the building.  They almost look like clear covered water slides with escalators transporting visitors instead of water.  At the top of the museum there is an outside observation deck that provides an exhilarating view of the city of Paris.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have the camera with us, but we hope to return to the museum again so Paul can take some photos from this spectacular vantage point.

After the museum we had some delicious and quick sandwiches to go and then went for a walk to find Frenchie, the restaurant it seems everyone in Paris is trying to land a reservation at.  We looked it up and according to the latest review from just three days ago, there won’t be an opening until September!  Seeing as we won’t be here in September, it looks like we won’t be able to find out what all the fuss is about.  However, Frenchie does have a wine bar across the street that serves small plates.  This may be our only opportunity to get in on the Frenchie food frenzy.

We got home from our Frenchie expedition just in time to avoid the torrential rain storm.   We watched the clouds roll in, the rain pour down, and the sky transform into a gorgeous blue in a matter of ten minutes.  The busy cafes outside our apartment kept going strong throughout the whole thing, crowding their patrons under their big awnings to keep them happy and dry.  Paul caught this image of pedestrians dashing through the rain…

After our lovely and quiet dinner in tonight, we took off walking to the Louvre and the Tuileries. The carnival, alive and lit, was teeming with children and parents and the sweet smell of churros and other fried fare filled the air.  The ferris wheel adds a certain touch to an already gorgeous park, especially when spinning and glowing in the nighttime sky.  Tonight, the ferris wheel twinkled in one direction, while the Eiffel Tower sparkled in the other.  It was quite a treat.

So next time you find yourself strategically dancing around puddles after a rain storm, take a minute to admire the puddles.  You might just step into something more…

Paul captured this image in a puddle!

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