Posted by: vlibrizzi | June 28, 2009

Saying Goodbye to Paris for Two Months: Pramil and Pompidou

IMG_2748Yesterday, C. and I took the train into Paris for our “a bientot Paris” trip. We will be traveling in the south of France and Spain, and then to the US for the rest of the summer, so we thought it would be nice to take a final trip to Paris before we depart for two months. 

We started our day by having a lovely lunch at a restaurant that we’ve been eager to try out for months now, called Pramil. The food definitely didn’t disappoint; I had a cool gaspacho with red pepper ice cream for an appetizer, and then I had scallops with spinach for an entree. The restaurant was small and cosy….and although it wasn’t air conditioned, and yesterday was HOT, it was cool enough inside. 

The meal was just what we needed to jumpstart our day. 

We then walked a few blocks back to the center of the city to go to the Pompidou Centre, Paris’ Modern Art museum. From the outside, the Pompidou looks pretty out of place in classical Paris. The architect decided that he wanted to build the building inside out, so all the pipes and framework are on the outside of the building. Clearly, it is a place that is hard to miss when walking around town 🙂

IMG_2749I hadn’t been inside the Pompidou Centre before, but yesterday we went inside to visit two of the temporary exhibitions, and I couldn’t help but notice that the inside looks just like the outside: exposed beams, pipes, etc. In all, it looks like the perfect place to house a modern art museum.

Once we bought our tickets, we went up to the fifth floor through a cylindrical tube that held the escalators to visit the exhibits on Kandinsky’s paintings as well as Alexander Calder’s sculptures. We loved Kandinsky’s geometrical shapes, and were so impressed by Calder’s ability to mold iron into human shapes. They were both really great exhibitions.

 

IMG_2753Sadly, we had to hurry out of the Pompidou Centre (but not before stopping to take a photo from the top floor…the views of Paris were amazing!) in order to grab a quick birthday drink with some friends in the Marais. The city was hopping yesterday because of the Gay Pride festival, so it was hard to find a table anywhere, but we finally succeeded and were able to spend some time with friends and gulp down a drink or two before we had to head back to Fonty for a dinner party. 

On our train ride home, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sadness. I know we’re going to have a wonderful summer, but deep down, I think I’ll really miss Paris.

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