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Rodin Sculpture

So today was amazing. Absolutely so. I tried to get out of the touristy mode and really immerse myself into the city as if I were an American living in Paris for a long period of time.

The day started off with a class lecture at the Rodin Museum. It contained the work of Auguste Rodin. If you’re not familiar with his work, he did “The Thinker,” which is probably his most famous work. The visit was very nice, and I liked the intimacy and simple beauty of the sculpture garden and old house compared to the Louvre yesterday. It was very beautiful morning and a great way to start off the day- I enjoyed Rodin’s work.

After the Rodin, we had a few hours before our next visit.

Seine River
I decided with a few other people to go to Notre Dame and Ile de Cite during that time. This required a walk along the Seine, which was absolutely beautiful. We ended up on the island where Notre Dame is, grabbed some lunch and ate in the square, which was full of tourists (the only place to see Americans!). The other guys were still eating, and since we were short on time, I went on in. It was phenomenal. No kidding. I’ve been to many beautiful churches and cathedrals in the US that were trying to achieve the Notre Dame style, but here it was for real.

So I walked around inside and was truly inspired. I was wearing Delta Chi letters today, so I was stopped in the middle of the church by some brothers from Northwestern University.

Notre Dame finally!
How fun it is to run into Americans- it makes you feel more comfortable!

After I was finished with Notre Dame, I walked a few blocks over to Sainte Chappelle- which I had seem from pictures and therefore was so impressed I had to see it. However, the line was way too long! It did not seem like I had time in the 45 minutes I had left before our appointment at D’Orsay Museum for another art lecture. So I spent the remaining time walking slowly to the D’Orsay, shopping in the Latin Quarter where I bought a few things.

The D’Orsay was amazing. Much, much better than the Louvre. I liked the museum itself better and the art was more my taste. We had a wonderful lecture and I really got into the Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Post-Impressionistic Art, and Realism.

This was stuff- Van Gogh, Monet- that I had always admired since I was young and here I was seeing it right before me! I never thought I’d actually get to see it. Honestly.

I was so engaged and spent so much time in the D’Orsay that I unfortunately missed most of the people as they left. But that was perfectly fine with me, as I wanted to see some things in the city before our next class appointment- the jazz concert for class.

I decided to check out the Champ-Elysees and spend some time there. I rode the Metro around and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed getting in the crowds and moving around with the streams of people. I loved to watch Paris “tick” and be a part of it, as I rode from station to station and transferred at certain points.

Notre Dame Interior
The Metro is amazingly useful, especially as it connects with each other underground. However, this often means walking ¼ mile to transfer from one point to another.

I strolled down the Champs-Elysees, walking in and out of affordable stores. When it came time for dinner, I ate at Quick- the French version of McDonald’s (although there are plenty of those- it’s funny how they sometimes try to be like us). One noticeable thing is that the portions are much smaller than Americans- probably a good thing! I bought a crepe outside (amazing) and continued to the Arc de Triomphe.

I spent some time there and went up to the top. It was very enjoyable and had some great views. By the time it was over, it was time to go over to the jazz concert. A jazz concert- as a class assignment! It was a great little café off the beaten path in a random neighborhood. It was very much a local hangout and I felt privileged to be there. The music was alright, but it got hot quickly and I was EXHAUSTED- more than I can remember- so I left with several people at intermission. I went back to the hotel was knocked out from being so tired.

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Rodin Sculpture
Rodin Sculpture
Seine River
Seine River
Notre Dame finally!
Notre Dame finally!
Notre Dame Interior
Notre Dame Interior
Notre Dame Altar!
Notre Dame Altar!
Beautiful stained glass window.
Beautiful stained glass window.
DOrsay Museum
D'Orsay Museum
It used to be train station- I lov…
It used to be train station- I lo…
Me posing next to one of my favori…
Me posing next to one of my favor…
Champs-Elysees
Champs-Elysees
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Inside the Arc de Triomphe
"Inside" the Arc de Triomphe
At the top, looking down the Champ…
At the top, looking down the Cham…
Nightclub where our jazz concert w…
Nightclub where our jazz concert …
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photo by: Sweetski