Saturday was another beautiful day. We decided to go see the Centre Pompidou because they have a large public library there, among many other things, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne – the largest of its kind in Europe. It is a huge building designed in high-tech architecture. Although quite interesting to look at, it wasn’t the interesting architecture that caught the girls’ eyes, it was the Fontaine Stravinsky outside of the Centre Pomidou (pictures below…of course). The art represents the works of Stravinsky, a Russian composer from the 20th century, though it looks like something from a Tim Burton movie. The girls loved the water and slowly spinning sculptures. It was a lot of fun to watch them looking out at the fountain. They were so excited.
We will have to go back to the Centre Pompidou again soon since we didn’t end up finding the library before it was time to head home for lunch and naps. There are also supposed to be groups that you can meet with there during the week to practice French. I hope to be able to do that come fall!
On the way home we saw a little market lining the street, so we had to stop and walk through. There is always something interesting to see at the markets and each one is a little different. As we walked through we noticed a stand with a Moroccan man selling leather items. Richard’s eye was immediately drawn to a leather messenger bag (I like to call them man sacs… Richard doesn’t like that much…). He has been looking for one that will fit his laptop and some documents for the library so that he doesn’t always have to carry his backpack around. It looks a little more professional to have a nice bag over your shoulder rather than a backpack too. Anyway, after haggling a little with the vendor and hearing a wonderful (though likely bs) story about the bag being hand crafted by Moroccan nomads in the Sahara Desert, we bought it. We brought the vendor down by almost 50 percent! But that just goes to show how much they up the price for tourists, lol…. I mean… I’m just that good. Richard has not been happier with a purse ;)… though it still smells terrible because it is pretty newly stained with camel piss and pigeon droppings. We have to find some baking soda or linseed oil. Apparently they draw out the leftover “chemicals” from the leather and so help the smell to go away faster. It is a pretty nice looking bag and it will just get nicer over the years.