Mr. Selfish and I were constantly in the 4th Arrondissement. Not only because we love Notre Dame but because there is plenty to do in the 4th – particularly musées.
On our last free museum Sunday, we decided to go to the Centre National d’Art et de Culture George Pompidou, which is the modern art musée in Paris. It is quite large and extensive. There were two primary floors – one floor focuses on modern art from 1960 to the present and the other floor has pre-1960 modern art. We started with the post-1960 modern art and found it (as usual) to be not our forté.
We certainly preferred the pre-1960 modern art. For these pieces, it at least looked like it took some effort. However, as we were leaving, I found an apple core near a fire alarm. Perhaps, this was modern art as well.
Also, in the 4th Arrondissement is Hôtel de Ville, which is a lovely building housing administrative offices for Paris. On occasion, they also have mini-exhibits. We enjoyed a small exhibit on furniture from yesterday versus today.
Finally, Mr. Selfish and I visited the Maison de Victor Hugo. He authored Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The house was recreated to look as if it looked when he lived there. Strangely enough, he had a fascination with Oriental objects and design.
Don’t forget to check out my recommendations for the other arrondissements in Paris here.