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A Perfect Night Out in Paris

On Tuesday night, Sam Sisler and I took to the sixth arrondissement looking for some good food. Our choice for dinner was a restaurant called Le Relais de l’Entrecote, which serves nothing but steak and french fries. Its well known in the city, and we had to wait in a line outside of the restaurant […]

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Experiencing World War II

  Tuesday afternoon, Sam Sisler and I spent hours exploring the World War I and World War II exhibits at the Musee de l’Armee at the Invalides. The Invalides is not only where Napoleon is buried, but it also houses an impressive collection of military artifacts from all eras of French history. I was particularly […]

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An Afternoon in the Marais

Our third week of class began on a dreary note. Despite the fact that the weather forecast called for a warm day with no clouds in the sky, we left the hotel to a cold and rainy Paris. After class Monday morning, we all returned to our hotel to put on some more weather-appropriate clothes, […]

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Layers of History in Le Marais

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The Paris Opera House

On Tuesday I visited the Paris Opera House. We accidentally approached the Opera from the back, so at first all I saw were carvings of famous French thinkers. As a musician, my immediate thought was, “Why don’t they have carvings of musicians on the Opera House?” But when we rounded the side and saw the […]

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Photos as Memory: The Parisian Arcades

These stamps evoke a nostalgic feeling because they connect their viewer to other times and places. Each stamp is a memory of a specific letter about a specific event that would have a special meaning to the person seeing it.

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An Afternoon With Van Gogh

This afternoon I had the opportunity to adventure into an unknown area of the city. Three of us took a long subway ride to the Musee d’Orsay, a museum dedicated to impressionist artwork. The museum itself is a piece of artwork; it was repurposed from an old train station and the architecture is gorgeous. But […]

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