New Meets Old in Paris


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.


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You can see some of my other favorite Paris moments in a past blog post here.

What’s one of your favorite spots in Paris?

4 Replies to “New Meets Old in Paris”

  1. I agree. This is a spot that you don’t want to miss when exploring Paris. It is very different from all the images I had in my mind of Paris from books and movies. Old meets new in a very expressive way.

    1. Glad you enjoy it too! It is definitely a spot to see!

  2. Old meets new indeed! It is very apropos to have a giant picture of Dali overlooking this area, because it is so surreal! There are so many odds and ends all about, in so many different colors, it takes some time to take it all in. The first time I saw this, I remember standing there trying to make sense of it all. I never did. It is one of things I just accepted for what it is. It makes you smile;it makes you think. Quite eclectic.

    The old church in the background is amazing. Saint Eustache. It took over 100 years to build, starting in the 1500s. It was burned and looted during the revolution, but it has been restored. It is free to go in and look around. It has unbelievable architecture; classic gothic cathedral. It is nowhere near as dark as Notre Dame and much, much less crowded. You can take your time admiring the construction; the long columns, aching ceilings, stained glass, art work, wood and marble, and take some time to walk around the exterior. You can see the flying buttress design that allows the cathedral to obtain its height. It is fascinating.

    Thank you for sharing these pictures and bringing back great memories for all of us!

    1. Awesome commentary! Thanks for adding a bit more insight to this. It is truly a unique spot for all!

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