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A Walk About Paris August 8, 2013

Posted by lauramargaretb in Travel Log.
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“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” –Thomas Jefferson

Our first day in Paris was filled with museums.  Our morning began with the Musée d’Orsay, where I was particularly fond of the Impressionist works.  Afterwards, we had a cheese plate in the park outside of our next museum: the Louvre.  We spent our afternoon there, especially looking at theMona Lisa (of course!), the Mannerist works, and Napoleon’s apartment.  After crêpes, we headed back to the hotel for a short rest, and then joined back with the group for a magnificent boat tour of Paris.

The next morning, we toured the Paris Garnier Opera House, which provided Gaston Leroux the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera. The Opera House was decorated beautiful architecture, and the ballroom mimicked Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors.  We got lunch from a street marker and then headed to an instrument museum.  Later that evening, we attended a concert in Saint Chappelle near Notre Dame.  While the concert was lovely, the design of the altar and the stained glass in the church was even more amazing!

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Our third day in Paris was exam day, marking the end of our Art and Music classes.  After lunch and some packing, our whole group boarded the bus to Versailles.  We toured the palace, including the beautiful Hall of Mirrors, and the gardens surrounding the Château.  A few of us ventured to the Eiffel Tour that evening, and we got to see it light up both while looking up from the base and while standing on the observation deck.   With a perfect midnight in Paris complete, we headed back to the hotel to some final packing and a good night’s sleep, for tomorrow we would be headed to England!

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