They just keep on coming, those Paris posts! These photos are from the Friday. In the morning we walked along the Canal St. Martin to the Puces de Design (see post from a few days ago). From there, we decided to keep on walking to the Parc de la Vilette, a postmodernist landscaped garden designed (Wikipedia info here), with lots and lots of bright red ‘follys’ (building/sculpture/climbing frame hybrids) dotted all around. Its not something on most people’s itinery for a short trip to Paris, but I studied the Parc in my abortive attempt to become an architect, it was a sunny day and we were half way there already!
In the afternoon we went into the quiet residential west of Paris looking for the Le Corbusier foundation (closed for renovation) and the supposedly definitive art deco house by Guimard (not so special, it turns out). Then the Eiffel tower, which does look amazing. By then my feet were killing me from all the walking, so we wandered into grounds of the Musee du Quai Branly for a bit of a rest – its a museum of non-European cultures, its gardens are right next to the Eiffel tower, but with a giant glass wall that keeps out all the noise. Stunning building too, I don’t know why more people don’t use it as a place to rest! Although we were still not rested enough, because after walking to the Louvre, I’d had enough again, and we had to go an have super-thick hot chocolate and cake in one of those old-fashioned tearooms.
In the evening we lusted after the lovely roof terrace of the apartment underneath us (the second to last pic) and had dinner at the Palais de Tokyo, this contemporary art museum. A very weird place. It is housed in a huge neo-classical building, and they apparently ran out of money half way through the renovation, so it looks completely unfinished. All the piping and insulation is exposed, and not exposed in an artful, intentional way, but in an unfinished way. The exhibition didn’t sound very good, so we didn’t go into the exhibition space itself, so I don’t know what that looks like. The restaurant though is great. The interior in that part of the building is more finished, and in a primary colour futuristic sixties style, with floating slight/speaker pods. And the food, well it was wonderful. I would happily have gone back there, but we decided that five days is too short a time to go to the same place twice, in a city as big Paris.
Whoo, that was long! Is this in any way boring anyone? I’m just writing our activities down so I don’t forget! Anyway, on with the pics:
more pictures in the flickr photoset.