Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Philosophical conversations

A very inauspicious start to our day--it was raining cats and dogs this morning! Because last night was the annual Fête de la Musique (Music Festival), we let the students sleep in a bit this morning, so by the time we got to the Montparnasse Cemetery, the sky was actually blue!

Highlights of today's activities include:

  • visits to the tombs of Alfred Dreyfus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir in the Cimetière Montparnasse

  • an intellectual discussion at the café "Les Deux Magots" (a famous existentialist hangout in the Faubourg Saint-Germain)

  • a presentation by grad students on a book by sociologist, writer and politician Azouz Begag

  • a delicious dinner in a North African restaurant, the Café Bistrot Toucan.

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