April 8 2017
After another giant breakfast, day 4 started off with a trip to the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum), where we saw many exhibits of old armour styles and weapons as well as many models of soldiers. The most impressive part of he museum may have been the room that was completely dark except for lamps illuminating the giant 3-dimensional terrain maps, at least 25 of them in total. The site also houses a large cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides, and the Dome des Invalides, which houses the tomb of Napoleon.
After this museum, we took the Metro across town to a giant flea market. The items here ranged from expensive art and antiques to hand made clothing to knock off brands. It was very large and we could easily have gotten lost in the winding streets.
After another round of paninis and crêpes, we headed over to the Centre Pompidou, which was no longer under an employee strike. The Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum, is one of the most recognisable buildings in Paris due to its unorthodox appearance. Unfortunately, one of the 2 main floors was closed due to construction, but we were able to see the other floor in its entirety. One of the more bizarre exhibits was a urinal. A urinal. There was also a decent amount of Matisse and Picasso. And a urinal. And many magazine pages that had had pictures of the same urinal. Modern art….
In the front of the museum, Amanda fed a couple of pigeons, which turned into a few more, which quickly turned into many. It turns out that pigeons love fresh, buttery bread.
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around the Montmartre neighbourhood, enjoying some eclairs and tarts. Amanda purchased some perfume and we poked our head into some little cheese shops. After a short nap back at the hotel, we had a quick pizza dinner nearby, ending the day.