It’s time for another update! I’m coming to the end of my second week in Paris and I’m feeling well adjusted to my life here!
Friday night I (along with the rest of the APA Paris students) went to a tour of the Louvre at Night, and learned about the history of the Louvre Palace itself. Did you know that there are ruins of the original castle from the 12th century under the current Palace of the Louvre that we see today? There is so much to the history of the Louvre itself that I learned about for the first time in that tour!
Saturday, a small group of APA students took a day trip to Giverny, a 45 minute train ride north of Paris, to visit Claude Monet’s Gardens and his home as well as a small museum of impressionistic art. It was a beautiful day and I’m so glad we went early in the semester while the flowers were still in bloom and the weather was still good!
The following week commenced the APA in house courses: Painting and Sculpture in France in the 19th Century, a course that meeting both in the classroom and in the museums of Paris, and Contemporary France, a political science course that is designed to deepen our understanding of France’s role in the international community.
We also went to our first event of the APA cultural program on Tuesday night: a contemporary dance performance titled « Outwitting the Devil » that was just the right combination of bizarre and remarkable.
Now, I’m preparing for our weekend-long excursion to Burgundy tomorrow! So more on that in next week’s blog post!