There are several spots when I was living in Paris that I found myself going back to again and again. Each one for a different reason but all of them important for what they gave to me. One of the most popular spots was just a 2 minute walk from my flat near Centre Georges Pompidou.
Centre Georges Pompidou is a modern museum that many Parisians find to be an atrocity in the middle of the city. Now, I do not completely disagree with them but I find much joy in the crazy fountain they created outside the museum.
Almost like a box of forgotten toys, strange pieces and shapes move casually in the water. Some spraying water, others just moving without any real purpose. It is a mish-mosh of things and bizarre shapes set in a bed of water. Behind the fountain is giant street art plastered on the side of a building. What makes this whole scene cool is in the midst of all this is the backdrop of an old church. I just love the juxtaposition of the elements in this tiny little corner of a rather popular area. The crowd is a weird mix of tourists, street perfumers, and locals but what shocks me is how many people don’t see the true beauty of this spot.
To get here when visiting Paris, just head to the Centre George Pompidou in the 1st arrondissement and you can’t miss the fountain. Take a second to breathe it in. Enjoy.
See below for yourself.
You can see some of my other favorite Paris moments in a past blog post here.