city trip: paris day 3 (august ’09)

The third day started with a walk to the Quartier Latin – across the Seine and to the Gilbert bookstore + a Starbucks coffee for a necessary caffeine kick.

Then we went to the Monnaie de Paris, for the photography exhibit, Willy Ronis: A Poetics of Engagement (click here for a more detailed post on this exhibit), on display from now until 22nd August 2010. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00-19:00 and Thursdays open until 21:20, 7€/5€ reduced. The Monnaie de Paris can be found at 11 quai de Conti, Mº Pont Neuf. Visit the website for more information.

There is something so special about the Seine River (more boats!)…

I’m sure you have noticed my obsession with Parisian rooftops (see here). I found this very interesting – the outside of the chimneys on the side of the building.

Nous avons flâné…

My sister and I visited the Petit Palais for the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit. On display until August 29, 2010, Le Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts of the City of Paris and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent have joined forces to present the first comprehensive retrospective of his work. The exhibition covers 40 years from creation, from 1962 to 2002 and discover the foundations and grand gestures of aesthetic revolution whose name symbolizes the revolution of style. The Petit Palais can be found on Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. For more information, visit the museums’ website.

The Petit Palais was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 to Charles Girault’s designs and now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris). It is based on a trapezium shape and is made up of four wings around a semi-circular garden bordered by a richly decorated peristyle. I found a sculpture by Renoir in the garden…

Stormy, bellowing clouds on our walk back, past the Place de la Concorde. I love how serious the clouds make this picture look…

For dinner, we found this cute little place called Restaurant Alivi, on 27 rue du Roi de Sicile in the Marais (see the website). With its oak beams, stone walls, dim lighting and Corsican music wafting overhead you could be forgiven for thinking you have stumbled upon a tavern hidden away in the mountains. L’Alivi is an oasis of calm and quiet, something out of another time and place. Tucked in a pedestrian passage giving out onto rue Rivoli, it is hard to believe you are in the center of the busy 4th arrondissment.

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