Monday, June 22, 2009

Day Two

Day two of the trip was a very busy day. In the morning we visited the Musee de Orsay, which has all the impressionist paintings. We had read a book The Judgment of Paris about the Impressionists and discussed it online prior to the course and the visit made the discussion and the book all the more real. Emile Zola was one of the main proponents of the Impressionists and his name was mentioned several times in the audio guide, which was very cool. Often the guide voice would say--When this painting was first relased at the Salon, Emile Zola said....and so on.

After lunch, we went to visit Zola's tomb.

After visiting Zola's tomb and learning about the Dreyfus Affair, we briefly stopped outside the crypt where Loyola and the 7 original Jesuits made their initial vows to each other. We then . climbed Montmarte and visited the Church of the Sacre Coeur. Lots of walking. And the walk through the Pigalle district to get there was quite eye opening. Some very raunchy billboards, indeed.

I already can't remember what we ate for dinner, but eating together has been one of the higlights of the trip. The students are having the opportunity to eat a lot of different foods and we really get to talk toeach other.

This was a full, full day and most people crashed at the end, I think.


  1. I am Very jealous! I went to Paris when I was much younger and I dont really remember too much but reading your blog has brought back a few memories. I think I remember the Musee D'Orsay but I know my favorite places were Notre Dame and the Luxembourg gardens.I know you went to Notre Dame, but are you planning on going to the gardens?

  2. Thanks for the note. We don't go to the Gardens as a group but we recommend to the students that they visit on during some of their free time.

  3. dad i realized after the first comment that you ahve a lot of entries soooooooo i am not gona comment n them ok bi