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Paris is such a magnificent city. I arrived on Sunday, and have been in class orientations for the past two days. I begin my History of Art course tomorrow, and my language classes next week. But, I must say that being in the city has been a class within itself. I am experiencing french culture in the rawest form, and I love it! The student's in the program stay all throughout the city, and we take the Paris Metro to get from place to place.
Tonight, I had one of the best views of the Eiffel tower from the Montparnasse Tower, and It was simply breath taking. I look forward to an exciting exploration of this city.
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June 25th and 26th
June 25th the U-M Arts in Paris group went on a Batobus Excursion and Walking Tour. Places visited include: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, as well as Pharell's popup art gallery entitled, "Girl". Some of us also stopped for ice cream!
June 26th was a course visit to Musée de Cluny. This museum is infused with medieval artifacts, as well as earlier artifacts from the Galo-Roman era when the land of Paris was known as Lutetia and imperialized by Rome. Because I was taking notes and critically engaging in an analysis of the different exhibitions, I was unable to take many pictures. However, I will say that the museum truly captures the essence of medieval Christianity, as well as the power Rome had during its conquest of early Paris (Lutetia). We also visited the Arènes de Lutèce. This amphitheatre is one of the greatest remains in Paris from the Galo-Roman Era!
Arènes de Lutèce Amphitheatre
Friday was a site visit to Chateau de Vincennes. This 14th and 17th century royal castle was equipped with a hunting facility, and stood as a barrier of protection for royals to govern, and flee national upheaval. One of the most beautiful sites in the chateau is the gothic chapel, "Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes "!