Goodbye Paris. I think with this post my blog will end too. It has been a wonderful seven months. I improved two languages, visited eight countries, and met countless new friends. It was one grand adventure. And now it’s time to go home.

The Pantheon crypt — (second) resting place of Diderot, Victor Hugo, the Curies, and many more French notables. The Pantheon crypt — (second) resting place of Diderot, Victor Hugo, the Curies, and many more French notables. The Pantheon crypt — (second) resting place of Diderot, Victor Hugo, the Curies, and many more French notables.

The Pantheon crypt — (second) resting place of Diderot, Victor Hugo, the Curies, and many more French notables.

At the Pantheon. Originally a basilica for St. Genevieve, almost as soon as it was finished it was converted into a temple to France’s great men. The walls are covered with important historical figure — St. Denis, King and Saint Louis IX, Joan of Arc. There are little monuments to the heroes of wars, the great philosophers, placed in various corners. It was interesting to walk around and read the stories behind the murals. The mixture of styles was somehow harmonious. Despite being repurposed many times over its history, the Pantheon retains a sense of solemn grandeur. At the Pantheon. Originally a basilica for St. Genevieve, almost as soon as it was finished it was converted into a temple to France’s great men. The walls are covered with important historical figure — St. Denis, King and Saint Louis IX, Joan of Arc. There are little monuments to the heroes of wars, the great philosophers, placed in various corners. It was interesting to walk around and read the stories behind the murals. The mixture of styles was somehow harmonious. Despite being repurposed many times over its history, the Pantheon retains a sense of solemn grandeur. At the Pantheon. Originally a basilica for St. Genevieve, almost as soon as it was finished it was converted into a temple to France’s great men. The walls are covered with important historical figure — St. Denis, King and Saint Louis IX, Joan of Arc. There are little monuments to the heroes of wars, the great philosophers, placed in various corners. It was interesting to walk around and read the stories behind the murals. The mixture of styles was somehow harmonious. Despite being repurposed many times over its history, the Pantheon retains a sense of solemn grandeur. At the Pantheon. Originally a basilica for St. Genevieve, almost as soon as it was finished it was converted into a temple to France’s great men. The walls are covered with important historical figure — St. Denis, King and Saint Louis IX, Joan of Arc. There are little monuments to the heroes of wars, the great philosophers, placed in various corners. It was interesting to walk around and read the stories behind the murals. The mixture of styles was somehow harmonious. Despite being repurposed many times over its history, the Pantheon retains a sense of solemn grandeur.

At the Pantheon. Originally a basilica for St. Genevieve, almost as soon as it was finished it was converted into a temple to France’s great men. The walls are covered with important historical figure — St. Denis, King and Saint Louis IX, Joan of Arc. There are little monuments to the heroes of wars, the great philosophers, placed in various corners. It was interesting to walk around and read the stories behind the murals. The mixture of styles was somehow harmonious. Despite being repurposed many times over its history, the Pantheon retains a sense of solemn grandeur.

A walk through the Latin Quarter on my last day. (The Pantheon, Notre Dame, and La Sorbonne.) A walk through the Latin Quarter on my last day. (The Pantheon, Notre Dame, and La Sorbonne.) A walk through the Latin Quarter on my last day. (The Pantheon, Notre Dame, and La Sorbonne.)

A walk through the Latin Quarter on my last day. (The Pantheon, Notre Dame, and La Sorbonne.)

Last café in Paris — hot milk, honey, croissant, and a baguette. The perfect French breakfast.

Sainte-Chapelle Sainte-Chapelle Sainte-Chapelle Sainte-Chapelle Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

"Liberté" "Egalité" and "Fraternité" on the Tribunal de Grande Instance, aka the Grand Court. It used to be part of the royal palace beginning with the Merovingian Dynasty. The palace was the prison, courts, and administrative center for the kings of France until Charles V of Valois, scared by the assassination of his predecessor, moved to the more secure Louvre  in 1358. "Liberté" "Egalité" and "Fraternité" on the Tribunal de Grande Instance, aka the Grand Court. It used to be part of the royal palace beginning with the Merovingian Dynasty. The palace was the prison, courts, and administrative center for the kings of France until Charles V of Valois, scared by the assassination of his predecessor, moved to the more secure Louvre  in 1358.

"Liberté" "Egalité" and "Fraternité" on the Tribunal de Grande Instance, aka the Grand Court. It used to be part of the royal palace beginning with the Merovingian Dynasty. The palace was the prison, courts, and administrative center for the kings of France until Charles V of Valois, scared by the assassination of his predecessor, moved to the more secure Louvre  in 1358.

Last day of classes!

Saying goodbye isn’t hard when you’re excited to be going home

We went to the Museum of Decorative Arts this afternoon, and I found out something interesting. Apparently during the Rococo style all the rich and fashionable people liked commissioning black and white sketches, made to look like spur-of-the-moment drawings, by famous artists. Black and white was cool before photography! We went to the Museum of Decorative Arts this afternoon, and I found out something interesting. Apparently during the Rococo style all the rich and fashionable people liked commissioning black and white sketches, made to look like spur-of-the-moment drawings, by famous artists. Black and white was cool before photography!

We went to the Museum of Decorative Arts this afternoon, and I found out something interesting. Apparently during the Rococo style all the rich and fashionable people liked commissioning black and white sketches, made to look like spur-of-the-moment drawings, by famous artists. Black and white was cool before photography!

"Discuss"

  • Can you say what is the nationalite of these men? Why?
  • Do you agree with these images?
  • Discuss with the other students and come to an agreement.

So many things wrong with this….