Today was our last full day in Paris so we split into groups to fulfill as many wish list sights we could accommodate.
Group 1 went to the deportation memorial for Holocaust victims, before enjoying “the world’s best ice cream” and a relaxing day wandering by the river and enjoying the Parisian life.
Group 2 started out with a guided walk through the right bank and the world famous hot chocolate at Angelina, before taking in Monet’s water lily paintings, Modiglianis, Renoirs, Picassos, Klimts, and more at the Orangerie. They finished the afternoon with some Parisian-style shopping and people-watching at Les Halles.
Group 3 also enjoyed hot chocolate at Angelina, before departing for the Cinematheque and a temporary Tim Burton installation.
Group 4 returned to the Louvre to spend more time exploring the oeuvres, and did some souvenir shopping.
In the afternoon, we reconvened at the base of the Montmartre hill for a history lesson with Theo. We spent the evening exploring the Sacre Coeur and the artists’ quarters of the 18th arrondissement, before a wonderful dinner with music by our very own piano player.
Judging by the happy (but weary!!) smiles at dinner, today was a great day all around. The wonderful thing about a field study to a foreign country is that no matter the activity, every moment can include learning – from ordering at a restaurant to navigating the metro, to calculating exchange rates when shopping for souvenirs.
We’ve loved watching Wyatt T. and Nathan M. deftly lead their groups through the Paris metro, Lars W. take the initiative to ask a French woman (in French! Without a teacher!) for directions at Les Halles, Katelyn C. go “macro crazy” in a park on the Rive Gauche, and so much more.
Perhaps Daniel R. put it best today: “This is the best city I’ve ever been to – I can’t pick a favorite moment so far because everything we do is so amazing.”
Tomorrow we have an early departure to Versailles and the Loire Valley. Saturday and Sunday nights we’ll be at the Kyriad Tours:
65 avenue de Grammont