Trip Start Dec 30, 2005
11Trip End Jan 11, 2006
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Fetched Ashley and after a nap we hit the Montmarte area. Started at the infamous Moulin Rouge for a photo op (fully clothed, thank you) and passed by the Abbesses Metro stop (famous for its original avant garde "Metropolitan" sign. Up to the steps of the Sacre Couer where the street peddlers were especially aggressive. I felt the presence of angry black men for the first time in Paris. Continued past an artist's market and was offered a panoramic view of the city at sunset.
Back to the area we were staying for a quick run through the Pompidou Centre. Just enough time to see the 3 big exhibitions. One on Dada, more of an educational/exploratory event for me rather than art appreciation. One on a French woman who studied with LeCorbusier and who's structural studies may not have been a big impact, the influence of her designs on a smaller scale (furniture, etc.) can be felt today, namely IKEA, Pottery Barn and the like aisles 1-10. The center itself was interesting. A stark contrast to the classical symmetry the French loved for so many years, it looked like an exoskeletal architectural study. Most structural elements were exposed: HVAC, escalators, pipes, etc.