CU @ Paris



FRE 525 Syllabus

Paris FAQ




On the Paris Travel Course you will:

• Learn how an island in the Seine River evolved from a small fishing village to one of the world’s
   greatest cities

• Hear about the Roman invasion of Gaul while seated in the Arènes de Lutèce (Arena of Lutetia), a
   little-known vestige of Paris when it was a Roman colony.  (Yes, Paris had gladiators!)

• Bathe in history at the remarkably well-preserved Roman baths at Cluny, where you will see the
   Pilier des nautes, uncovered at the site of the Temple of Jupiter (now occupied by Notre Dame)

• Find out how Paris narrowly escaped being ravaged by Attila the Hun and his fierce warriors

• Visit the Place du Châtelet, once the site of fortresses that fought the dreaded Vikings in their
   drakkars.  (Paris was sacked three times by the Vikings) 

• Study the evolution of the vast reconstruction of Paris undertaken during the Second Empire

• Visit Victor Hugo’s residence, filled with his paintings, drawings, and furniture

• Sip your favorite beverage in Les Deux Magots, a left-bank hangout of Jean-Paul Sartre

• Smile at the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, as well as the recently-uncovered ramparts of the
   original Louvre, which began its career as a medieval fortress

• Watch the sun set from the Eiffel Tower

• Savor the weirdness at the Espace Dali, a must-see museum for fans of Salvador Dali

• Enjoy an evening cruise on the River Seine

• Marvel at the vast expanses of the Versailles Palace and gardens

• Meet friendly Parisian families in their homes

• Stroll the Champs Elysées & visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe

• See the famous tapestries of the Medieval Museum (Cluny), including the Lady and the Unicorn

• Marvel at the stained-glass gothic gem that is the Sainte-Chapelle

• Visit Europe’s largest surviving medieval hall at the Conciergerie

• Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral

• Take in a Molière play at  La Comédie Française

• Conquer Montmartre, the most famous climb in Paris, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city

• Visit the Marais Quarter, including the elegant Place des Vosges

• See Napoleon’s magnificent tomb in Les Invalides, as well as his stuffed dog and horse at the
   Army Museum                                              

• Visit the tombs of Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Rousseau in the Panthéon

• Wander through the vast Père-Lachaise cemetery, resting place of many famous artists and
   writers. (It is no longer permitted to pour beer on Jim Morrisson’s grave)

• Stroll the surprising Canal Saint-Martin to La Villette, a newly revitalized quarter

• See famous paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin, and others at Le Musée d’Orsay

• Check out the latest in modern architecture at la Défense, a striking business & residential quarter

• Shop for bargains and oddities at the Clignancourt flea market--largest in the world!         

• Go hiking and rowing in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne park

• Trace the wall of the old fortress that became the symbol of the Revolution of 1789 at the Place de
   la Bastille

• See caverns and waterfalls in the unusual Parc des Buttes Chaumont

• Sample moules (mussels), escargot, and countless cheeses!

• Indulge yourself at the famous pâtisseries of Paris

• Rent a bicycle for a memorable ride along the Seine

• Roller skate under the street lights along with thousands of others through Parisian boulevards,
   closed to traffic one evening a week just for skaters!

Optional features:

• Take the Eurostar (Chunnel) train to London, for a very full day of sightseeing including the
   Houses of Parliament (and Big Ben), Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace,
   St. James Park, Piccadilly Circus, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, and other sites. Test
   your walking shoes, and get to know the Tube! We take the time for some fish and chips in a nice
   pub and a bit of shopping. This optional excursion adds about $100 to the cost of the program.

• Travel during the three consecutive “free days.” The TGV (high speed train) allows for fast and
   relatively inexpensive travel. Popular destinations include the French Riviera, the Swiss Alps,
   Brussels, Amsterdam, and Milan. All of these locations are just a few hours from Paris by train.

Everything I saw - the chestnut trees scattering their leaves along the walks, the wide bridges clustered with bookstalls at either end, the medieval town of Ile de la Cité over which Notre-Dame raised its ponderous, Gothic stones - evoked that strange pang which even first-time visitors to Paris recognize, with some astonishment, as nostalgia. A buried memory seems to stab at your consciousness in Paris, and you follow in the steps of an elusive phantom of déjà vu, but never quite catch up. So deeply embedded in the world’s dream of freedom, youth, art, and pleasure has this city become, that the feeling that the stranger in Paris has is a feeling of return. Perhaps one misses friends so keenly there because all of one’s senses are pitched to such a keen note of receptivity, and one vibrates with an awareness that one longs to share.  
                                    John Clellon Holmes, 1987

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