I’ve been to Paris on a few different occasions, each time experiencing something new. But whenever I go, there’s one thing I have to do, no matter what. My favorite thing about Paris would have to be visiting Le Centre Pompidou. A modern museum (in the 4th Arrondissement, near Les Halles) dedicated to art and culture, the building is a gem in and of itself— architecturally speaking— with it’s inside-out appearance consisting of exposed pipes, ductwork and mechanics.
The Centre boasts an array of amazing works, and draws some of the biggest names in art with its feature expositions (everyone from Dalí to Bacon to Miró, Warhol and Godard have been featured). I was lucky enough to have been in Paris when the Soulages exhibit was the Centre’s main attraction, and the experience is still fresh in my mind as I write this.
But even if you’re not big on museums, the gift shop alone is worth checking out, and the large square in front of the museum is amazing to just sit and relax, discuss the day, or people watch. And the surrounding area is home to an eclectic mix of establishments, one of which is a quirky little postcard shop. Is this touristy? Perhaps, but Le Centre Pompidou draws a strong local presence as well, and is, in my opinion, a must-do.
If you happen to be in Paris anywhere between now and September 19, check out the “Paris - Delhi - Bombay” exhibit. It’s meant to be a good one! For more information, visit the website. Happy Travels! -VJ
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