Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Philosophy at the Café de Flore
Yesterday, we visited the Cimetière Montparnasse and visited the tombs of two iconic figures of our course: Alfred Dreyfus and Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre are buried together although they never married. After visiting the cemetery, we had coffee at the Café de Flore, an existentialist hangout. In the 1930s and 40s, Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus and other writers would hang out upstairs in the café, discuss and write. This is one of the highlights of the trips: we put our students into groups and they had a philosophical discussion just like these great philosophers.
Last night was the annual music festival. It was amazing as usual! We go to Versailles today.