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Paideia 450: Italy & France

French Skyline

Reflecting on the Musee d'Orsay

Ryan Readinger reflects on one of his favorite stops on the course:  the Musee d'Orsay.  The museum features pieces from Manet, Monet, and van Gogh and marks a unique period in French art.

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Saint Peter's Basilica

An Unexpected Pilgrimage

As the class finally wraps up, Neal Abbot reflects on his journey through the magnificent churches he visited throughout Europe.

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Hanna in front of the Eiffel Tower

The Last Day in Paris

The class has come to an end and Hanna Knutson talks about her last day in Paris with her classmates.

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Stained glass window in Notre Dame

Versailles and Notre Dame

No two experiences have been the same in this course. Matt Scheidle writes about his experience inside the cathedral of Notre Dame, which many students have already visited but whose experiences were different than his. Matt also describes the royal palace in Versailles, a suburb of Paris, filled with paintings, gold, and the spectacle of the gardens surrounding the estate.

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Food in Paris

Sacré Coeur, Lock Bridge, and Moulin Rouge

On her free day, McKenzie Sesker visited some not so well-known sites in Paris. Regardless of their lack of notoriety among tourists, these sites are just as interesting and historic as the others. 

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Saint Chapelle in Paris

The Catacombs, Saint Chapelle, and Notre Dame

Matt Helm used his free day to see three iconic Paris monuments. From below the city through the catacombs to the top of the bell towers in Notre Dame and finally through the stained glass chapel of Saint Chapelle, Matt got a large dose of Parisian architecture and history.

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View from Notre Dame

Free Day Museum Visits in Paris

Since the class was given two free days to explore the city on their own, many students went out on their own and in small groups to visit museums and monuments that piqued their interests. In this post Lance Schwering explains his visit to two war museums and the impression they left on him.

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