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 […]
This past Sunday Paige and I decided to go shopping in the Marais. I was expecting to find lots of cute boutiques and some great new clothes, however, I wasn’t expecting to find a craft fair that displayed the works of many different artists. There was everything from paintings and furniture to jewelry and leather […]
On Monday, our class received an assignment that required us to visit a tourist hotspot here in Paris, and then write a journal entry on our discoveries. There was a major focus on what type of people were seen, and the way those characters interacted with the area around them. A few of the places […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Sunday night, a few friends and I traveled not to far from our residence in search of the Italian restaurant, Monte Cassino, which was recommended to us by the front desk. It was a quaint and quiet restaurant with waiters in white rushing to and from. I was excited to see the Italian red […]
To commemorate our last week in Paris, Crawford, Aaron and I decided we had to visit the ultimate tourist attraction: the top of the Eiffel Tower. To our surprise, the line was relatively short and we quickly began our ascension of the tower. Although the Eiffel Tower is an incredibly romanticized aspect of Parisian culture, I […]
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 […]
After our visit to the Musée Carnavalet, Maddie and I explored the Place des Vosges. We walked the full square and peeked in the windows of all the trendy art galleries and cafes, then wandered up a few of the side streets to pop into little boutiques and antique jewelry store. I had walked through […]
Here are some of the photos of amazing street art I found when traveling around Paris for our latest assignment.
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, […]
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 […]
I was riding home in a taxi when our cab driver asked me where I was from. After our usual exchange, he was so excited to find out that I came from Dallas, Texas. He immediately asked me “Who shot J.R.!” This was not the first time this has happened. Whenever I introduce myself to […]
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 […]
This week Sarah, Ellen, and I decided that we wanted to have a picnic before La Nuit Aux Invalides Spectacle Monumental. The weather was beautiful and we wanted to enjoy as much time as possible in the sun. We went to the Champ de Mars where we enjoyed a baguette, some cheese, and some French […]
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.
Following our class assignment at Disneyland today (can I just point out how awesome that first half of the sentence is) Xandy and I decided to stick around and get the full days worth out of our experience. Turns out, that wasn’t too much. Each ride has an approximate wait time at the entrance… “It’s […]
This weekend, I finally had the opportunity to do one of my favorite activities: shopping. Rather than playing it safe, I decided to go big and took to the Champs-Elysees for a few hours. I found it very interesting that while there were the major international brands that you would expect in an upscale shopping area like […]
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 […]
In last Thursday’s Exploring Paris post I wrote about how Luke, Larry, and I ventured to Parc des Princes, the Paris soccer team’s (PSG) stadium, looking to buy tickets for a game on May 5th. We traveled a long way to the stadium only to find out that the building was closed. It was devastating, […]
While exploring the Marais during a class assignment, a friend and I came upon a restaurant called Les Marronniers. It’s located on Rue des Archives, in the heart of the gay district in the Marais. While the food was delicious, it was the atmosphere that truly captured my attention. The decorations were eclectic and colorful, […]
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 […]
I am fast approaching the end of my third week in Paris. By now, I have sat in countless cafés and have drank countless cups of coffee. In the whirlwind of new adventures, I had nearly forgotten my addiction to green tea. I quickly remembered when my group met with Professor Horowitz about our final […]
Dimanche, j’ai décidé de voir un autre côté de la cathédrale Notre-Dame, et je suis allé à une messe. J’avais vu encore la cathédrale d’une perspective touristique, mais je voulais être présent pendant une messe pour voir comment la cathédrale accompli sa fonction originale : un lieu de culte. Premièrement, j’ai aperçu que la cathédrale reste […]
On Monday night, a few of us went to a restaurant called Marco Polo in the 6th arrondissements, near the Odeon metro station. A friend told us it is the Barefoot Contessa’s favorite Italian restaurant in Paris, so we naturally had to check it out. It is also in an area of Paris in which […]
Having already experienced the soccer atmosphere at the local pub, Luke, Aaron, Emmanuel and I decided to get the full fan experience and go to the Paris Saint-Germain home game on Sunday. After much struggle with ticket websites and phone calls, we rolled the dice and went to the stadium on game day four hours before kickoff […]
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.
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, […]
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.
In order to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to satisfy our cravings for Mexican food, a group of us ventured to the Chipotle located on Boulevard Montmartre, which had opened in May 2012. Once inside the crowded restaurant, I noticed people from many cultures including French, American, and Asian backgrounds. It was particularly interesting to […]
Last Sunday, my roommate and I took the metro out to the 16th arrondissment to go to the Marmottan Museum. We arrived right when it opened at 10am and explored the museum. The Marmottan holds one of the largest collections of Monet paintings, many of the Nympheas or water lilies. The museum also holds a temporary […]
This detailed, beautiful ironwork immediately struck me as a layer of the aristocratic past of the Marais.
Le Marais est une région de Paris dont l’image a changé plusieurs fois. Pendant le 17ème et 18eme siècles, le Marais était, pour la plupart, un quartier aristocratique. Cet grand appartement est évocateur de ce siècle. Pendant le 19ème, le Marais a devenu un quartier pour les juifs. Ce magasin montre la présence des juifs […]
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.
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.
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 […]