Bonjour Bloggy Friends,
Le Marais, located in Paris' 3rd and 4th arrondissements, is a vibrant area full of crowded cafes, sweet smelling patisseries and a horde of funky boutiques. It possesses the arty grit of New York's East Village, while retaining a sense of trendiness that you'd find in Chelsea or SoHo. My favorite part about it, however, is that there are few tourists. Besides visiting some of the major sites, we've been doing our best to avoid tourist traps. While this makes overcoming the language barrier more difficult, it's the only way to sufficiently absorb the local culture.
Centre Pompidou (pictured to the left and at the bottom).
Pablo Picasso's masterful cubism, imaginative paintings by Joan Mirὸ and slick sculptures by Constantin Brâncuşi. We also became new fans of artists we weren't as familiar with, such as Fernand Lѐger, Vilmos Huszár and Richard Mortenson (pictured right). Besides paintings and sculptures there were also installations of film, photography, fashion and furniture. We must have spent four hours browsing around. We loved it.
The rest of our evening was relaxing. We had a late lunch and lounged under a statue of Louis XIII in Place des Vosges before retiring to our apartment for the night.
Have a great night. I hope all is very well.
Au Revoir, Josh