Friday, May 29, 2015

Day 13: Picasso Museum, Pompidou & Jazz

On 03/26 we went to the Picasso museum. It reopened this year after a 5 year renovation. Even though we had the earliest advance tickets to get in right when they opened, we still had to stand in line in the rain.

If memory serves, the museum was three stories. As we made our way up, we saw the many styles of Picasso. Realistic stuff, cubist, statues. Wonderful.

A self portrait...

On the top floor of the museum, I looked out of the window and this is what I saw. When we exited, we went over to this building and goggled at it. Trompe l'oeil?

For a snack, we went to the Marche des Enfants Rouges and had a socca. A socca is a chickpea flour crepe. We lucked out that Alain made us one...his booth was closed for the afternoon but he took pity on us. Another group who walked up while ours was being cooked were turned away. Thank you Chef Alain and miam miam! The socca was unfilled, salted and peppered, and very hot. He cut it into strips and gave it to us in a paper cone.

We headed over to the Pompidou Center (modern art) but were disappointed to find out that the main collection is closed until summer. What they did have on show was a let down meh. Luckily, admission was included on our Paris Pass. I would have been really aggravated if we had paid extra to get in.

At least I did get this nice photo from their observation deck.

For dinner, we ate at a restaurant across the street from our hotel named Le Relais Gascon. I had a ginormous Salade Gourmande. It's a  Salade Nicoise (with tuna, egg, green beans and more) topped with a large amount of fried potatoes.

After dinner, we walked down Rue des Abbesses and found Le St. Jean, where we had a cheese plate and listened to an excellent jazz trio with jazz drummer Philippe Rinino to close out our day.

1 comment:

Mary Lou Peters said...

Celeste, I am amazed at your adventures! I've been to Paris 3 times and never get past the touristy things. Have you ever considered taking travelers along with you? First requirement would be if they could keep up with you and be able to skip lunch! :)