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The Art of Skype

My last exploring Paris took place right in the lobby of our hotel. There is a little French boy staying in the city while he undergoes cancer treatment; he is here with his mom while his dad remains at home. The attendants of the hotel have been extremely accommodating and have helped turn the Citadines […]

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Old Friends and New Wine

This weekend, one of my dear friends who I haven’t seen since high school came to visit me from England. Wanting to impress this Paris first-timer, I decided to take him to the Madeline for a little shopping and dinner. I chose this neighborhood because to me it really encapsulates the luxury experience that Americans […]

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The French and their Wine

While eating breakfast with a friend at a restaurant known as La Manufacture, I noticed several locals sitting at a table in the restaurant drinking wine. Normally, this would not be cause for alarm, but at 10:30 in the morning, it certainly seemed shocking to me. Despite my surprise, no one else in the restaurant seemed to […]

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Vietnamese Food!

Last Spring Term I also went abroad.. but to Vietnam.  It has been a much different experience to say the least but I’ll admit, one of the things I was most excited about coming here was getting some good Vietnamese food.  The French and Vietnamese don’t have the most peaceful history, but they sure did […]

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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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A Delicious Dinner with Friends

This past Monday, Crawford, Maddie, Emmanuel, and I went to Le Relais de l’Entrecôte for dinner. It is a well known and popular restaurant with an interesting menu. They only serve steak and french fries! (I guess in France they are just called fries). Apparently there can be heaven on earth. After sitting down, the […]

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Once it was Midnight in Paris

A strange sort of silence hovers over Paris after midnight. Of course, the sounds of the city follow you almost wherever you go. Its never truly silent in Paris. However, once in a while, perhaps on a special occasion, the city will quiet down for a little – just for you it seems. Walk across […]

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All roads point to Champs-Élysées

I figured it was only right to travel to Champs-Élysées at some point in my trip. One of the most famous avenues in the world, Champs-Élysées is littered with high-end designer stores, cafes, and flashy cars. As we walked down the avenue, it was almost intimidating walking passed the high-end stores. Every time we caught ourselves peering into the […]

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Le crêpe

Même après un mois, je suis encore une vraie touriste. Ca implique que je ne peux pas rejeter un crêpe Nutella. Deux jours ne passe pas que je n’avais pas mangé un crêpe Nutella. Une vue d’ensemble brève: si je le veux (à quelle temps est-ce je ne le veux pas?) mais je ne veux […]

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Quelques plaques de rue dans le quartier des Champs Elysées

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Street Art Photos

Here are some of the photos of  amazing street art I found when traveling around Paris for our latest assignment.  

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Graffiti in Bercy and near BNF

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L’art de rue

Pour mon troisième projet, j’ai recherché l’art de rue de Paris. J’ai examiné le rôle de l’art de rue dans la ville moderne, politiquement et artistiquement. Ces photos sont des exemples de l’art de rue que j’ai vue.                             J’ai vu ces […]

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A Day at Disney

On Thursday, the class traveled to Disneyland. I along with several of my classmates circled this day way back when we first received the schedule. Joining us on our journey to Disneyland was a “Disney Connoisseur” who walked us through Main Street U.S.A.Main Street, U.S.A. is based off of Walt Disney’s childhood home of Marceline, […]

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The Disneyland Classroom

One of the adjustments that we have had to make this term is teaching and learning in places that weren’t exactly set up as classrooms — museums, parks, monuments, even sidewalks.  But certainly the most unusual classroom space so far has been Main Street USA of Disneyland Paris, where we went on Thursday to learn […]

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Une sortie pédagogique Chez Mickey : Paris disneyfié

Jeudi, notre classe est allée à Disneyland!  Pourtant, nous n’y étions pas seulement pour les attractions et les oreilles de Mickey Mouse – grâce à un spécialiste des parcs et techniques Disney, nous avons reçu un coup d’œil derrière le voile de Disney Paris. Les  “imagineers” de Disney sont des experts au jeu de créer un […]

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7 mai: L’Hôtel des Invalides

Mardi, la classe a passé un jour à l’Hôtel des Invalides dans le septième arrondissement. À l’origine, l’Hôtel des Invalides était crée pour fonctionner comme un hôpital pour des vétérans. Aujourd’hui, l’Hôtel des Invalides contient les tombes des hommes militaires et des musées militaires. La tombe la plus célèbre de l’Hôtel est la tombe de […]

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A Day at the Invalides

Our class met at the Varenne Metro Station and began a tour of the Invalides.  Upon arrival, it became obvious that this space’s main purpose was to memorialize France’s military efforts and conquests. The row of cannons and large iron gates emulate a stronghold and help transport the visitor back in time. Built by Louis […]

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Intersecting Histories on Bisecting Streets

This Star of David and heart floating above encapsulates the security of the Jewish community in the Marias. Filling the windows of just about every building in the area, mannequins are the perfect showcase of the shopping culture of the Marais.  

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Dinner at Four Seasons George V

A dear family friend of mine was in Paris for the night on Tuesday and offered to take my friend Larry and I out for dinner.  In a city this expensive, I was happy to accept their offer and spend time with them in the process.  They forwarded the address to me and suggested that […]

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More class photos

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Group photos!

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A Journey Through Le Marais

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Les Couches Historiques du Marais

Ce lundi nous avons découvert quelques couches de l’histoire du Marais, un quartier qui comprend des sections des 3e et 4e arrondissements et qui continue d’évoluer actuellement.  J’ai commencé tôt mon après-midi au Marais avec quelques amies ; nous sommes allés au restaurant L’As du Fallafel pour déjeuner.  Le fallafel était délicieux et est une marque […]

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Marais Tour

After exploring the Marais on foot, I was able to find evidence of the area’s history from the past 4 centuries. This photo of Starbucks in the Marais area of Paris between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements shows how as of recent, this area has turned into a popular shopping/restaurant destination.

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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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The Many Histories of the Marais

Many remnants remain from the Marais’s former status as a largely Jewish community. Much of the architecture throughout the Marais reflects the area’s former history as a largely aristocratic neighborhood. After falling into disrepair, the gay community within Paris transformed the neighborhood into the popular locale known today.

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Le Marais

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Documenting Layers of History in the Marais

This detailed, beautiful ironwork immediately struck me as a layer of the aristocratic past of the Marais.

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Centuries of Le Marais

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Le Marais – Cultural Layers

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Les Images du Marais

Je trouve que cette photo représente le Marais comme un quartier aristocratique à cause de l’architecture riche. Il y a des appartements très luxes et un bâtiment gouvernemental.

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L’Evolution du Marais

C’est l’Hôtel de Lamoignon, qui a été construit au 16e siècle et est un bon exemple de l’héritage de l’aristocratie qu’on peut trouver au Marais de nos jours. Cette librairie marque l’héritage juif au Marais ; ses propriétaires vendent des textes religieux, et on peut y voir l’écriture hébreu. Même que le Marais n’est plus connu […]

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Les quatre coins du Marais

Ici j’ai trouvé le centre LGBT de Paris, qui est situé avec à-propos dans le Marais. Les drapeaux colorés au-dessus de la porte sont visibles de tous les angles. Cet hôtel ancien servi maintenant comme un musée, une nouvelle utilité intéressante pour un vieux immobile. Ici est un coin typique du Marais, avec les boutiques […]

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Quatre images distinctes du Marais

Il y a toujours plein d’exemple de l’histoire du Marais comme quartier juif: les falafels, les boulangerie juives, et bien sur les épiceries fines juives. L’arc-en-ciel, depuis des décennies un symbole de la fierté gaie, marquent l’histoire du Marais comme un quartier gai au milieu du 20e siècle. En ce moment, le Marais est un […]

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Les quatres faces du Marais

J’ai trouvé plusieurs restaurants juifs sur un des étroits rues du Marais et cette photo est de Chez Hannah, qui avertisse sa nourriture culturelle avec les étoiles de David.                        

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Les Quartiers du Marais

Je mangeais à L’As de Fallafel, et je trouvais beaucoup d’insigne juif, comme cette menora.

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Les représentations photographique de la Marais

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Les couches de la mémoire dans le Marais

Aujourd’hui, nous sommes allés au Marais, un quartier qui a changé son image durant les années. Ce quartier est comme un palimpseste parce que toutes les couches de son histoire sont maintenant visible.   Cette image décrit le temps de l’aristocratie du quartier. Ces bâtiments sont du vieux style aristocratique, et ils restent dans le […]

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Layers of the Marais

The fact that Nike, a multi-national fortune 500 company, has chosen to open a store within the Marais serves as a testament to the fact that the area has become one of Paris’ great shopping destinations.

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The Diversity of Marais

Falafel is very popular in the Middle East, including Israel, and is very prevalent in culturally Jewish areas such as parts of Marais. This picture is the front door to an older looking living space that appears to have once housed those of the upper class based on its more upscale appearance.

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Layers of History in Le Marais

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Exploring the Marais

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Le Marais à travers les siècles

Le Marais est un quartier parisien que a vu beaucoup de changements pendant son histoire et que continue a changer aujourd’hui. Au début du XVIIe siècle, Le Marais a devenu le lieu de résidence de la noblesse parisienne. Les vieux bâtiments et jardins qu’on peut trouver là sont des vestiges de cette époque. À la fin […]

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Exploring la métro de Paris – May 1st

On Wednesday afternoon, we set off in pairs to explore the Paris metro and what makes certain stations stand out from others. We selected six stops and took pictures of the different sites at each station. My partner and I went to five of the big tourist stops on line 1, which has stops for […]

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A Trip Through Modern Paris

    On May 2nd, the class’s afternoon activity was a tour of the modern section of Paris. We saw the large-scale $2.5 billion dollar project conducted by Francois Mitterrand during his presidency of France. After getting off the metro at the Bercy station, we walked over to the Bibliothèque Francois Mitterand. En route, Professors […]

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Paris au 21ème siècle

Hier, nous sommes allés à la bibliothèque nationale de la France.  L’histoire devant la construction de la bibliothèque est intéressant, et je ne l’ai pas sue avant la classe ce matin.  C’était construite par François Mitterrand, le 21e président du France, dans le cadre de ses « grand projets » pour moderniser la pays.  La bibliothèque est […]

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Iron Man 3

This week I decided that I wanted to see Iron Man 3.  There’s just something very exciting about being able to say I saw it before everyone else in America. I headed to the French theater with Xandy… neither of us speak French, but they were showing the original English version with French subtitles. Perfect. […]

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Remembering the past and enjoying the present

On April 30th we spent the day discussing and looking at the architecture of Paris.  We talked about the history of Paris before Haussman, how the streets were filled with sewage and so narrow that it was incredibly hard to move from one area of Paris to the next.  With the advent of Haussman the […]

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Shakespeare and Company

Lundi soir, Ellen et moi sont allées à la librairie Shakespeare and Company, en face de Notre Dame sur l’autre côté de la Seine. En route, nous avons marché sous la pluie parisienne pour la première fois. Nous sommes arrivées à la devanture quelconque vert. C’était à l’étroit sensiblement, et avait l’essence vieux jeu des […]

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