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Paris Study Tour

Paris, City of Light
A Spring Break Cultural Study Tour
 with the French and History Departments

During spring break 2007, Professors Binita Mehta of the French Department and Irene Whelan of the History Department lead a  cultural study tour to Paris, the City of Light.  In addition to visiting well-known Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tour, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Nôtre Dame, we include walking tours of old Paris visiting areas such as the Marais, the Musée Carnavelet, L'île de la Cité, and L'île Saint Louis, as well as historic squares related to the French Revolution such as the Place de la Bastille and the Place de la Concorde. We also stroll down the Champs-Elysées, visit the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, walk through the neighborhood of Montmartre, where the Impressionist artists had their studios, and visit the Sacré-Coeur cathedral.  The trip includes two half-day trips to Versailles, to visit the château of the Sun King Louis XIV, and Auvers-sur-Oise, where the Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh spent the last months of his life. During our leisure time, we explore other Parisian neighborhoods, museums, cafés, jazz clubs, and department stores.