Paintings, Crème Brulée and Boat Tours, Oh My!
For today’s adventure, we made our way to Les Invalides which today is a war museum but that was originally created by Louis XIV as a hospital to treat his injured troops in 1671 as Louis XIV was a big fan of war and expanding France’s reign despite its’ many injuries and casualties it caused. Once there, Madison had her chance to present and shared her knowledge about how this building developed from a hospital to the museum it is today. This building now houses antiquities of wars past including cannons, swords, guns and many other items used in earlier times. She also helped students learn about the museums most famous resident aka Napoleon Bonaparte and his contributions (both positive and negative) to French society after the Revolution before heading into his Tomb.
After les Invalides we made our way to through the gardens to a courtyard to have our quiz that we had mentioned yesterday that would test their knowledge of the French Renaissance and Monarchy which we have been studying. Little did they know that this quiz would be a both a physical and mental challenge which would pit teams against each other for the ultimate prize… the chance to sleep in and get breakfast in bed tomorrow morning. With such an amazing prize on the line the competition was tough and we saw many photo finishes, students shouting “Vive la France” and beautiful tableaus of a famous painting. In the end, with the final score being within a few points of each other, we announced that the group of Jen, Wendi, Megan, Kalinda and Kaitlin inched their way to victory and won the ever elusive snooze button but for their efforts (and we decided to treat our secondary winners to ice cream tomorrow night since everyone did so well!).
Following this we made our way to the Musée d’Orsay where Alison shared why this museum is so famous and it’s . Did you know that the Musée d’Orsay actually used to be a train station which is why there are so many clocks that can be seen on this building? Today this building houses many incredible works of art with the works of impressionist and pointillist artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Seurat, Rodin and many others all at just an arm’s length away.
After getting our fix of art and culture for the day we headed off for our long awaited dinner. It was
time to finally eat at an official French Restaurant where students got to choose from a menu of traditional french meals. Snails, Frog Legs, French Onion Soup, Raclette & Crème Brulée were among some of the French delicacies that students tasted tonight and the overall consensus is that the french definitely know what’s up when it comes to food!
We ended off our night by taking a river cruise on the Seine. After walking for what feels like miles for the past few days, students were absolutely shocked to find out how close the majority of the monuments that we have been visiting are one to another… when travelling at 30km/hour. (We wish we had access to this boat daily!) We saw so many sites in the span of an hour (the Eiffel Tower, the Bridge Alexandre III, Notre Dame, City Hall, L’Assemblée Nationale, Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre among many others) at sunset and it was incredible to see the city come alive.
All in all what can we say but another incredible day in Paris!