We arrived at our hotel in Paris around 3pm. Luckily we did not have anything planned for the group so we were able to explore the area. Our hotel was situated a few blocks from the Bastille. After unpacking I took Nate, Maliya (who is the best person I have ever met)* and Allison (who is really phenomenal)* to the jewish quarter to get falafel. My friend Chris had taken me to this area when I was in Paris in January and I had the best falafel of my life. Rue Rosier was only a ten minute walk from the Bastille. After filling up on delicious falafel Maliya and I walked across the Seine, past Notre Dame, to Shakespeare and Company bookstore. We ended up spending about 4 hours there, playing piano, reading, and spending more than we meant to on great books. Daryl, Danielle and Alex eventually met us there, after getting soaked in the rain. Eventually Maliya headed back to the hotel, also getting soaked in the rain. We spent the night hanging out in various hotel rooms and intermittently trying to dry our shoes/clothes. The next morning we woke up early for free hotel breakfast and then walked to the Maison Rouge museum. They had a show up about cannibalism that was very interesting. There were lots of different work from lots of different artists. After that I headed back to explore the weekly market set up on the boulevard near our hotel. I went back to the hotel for a quick nap that lasted longer than expected but I was able to wake up and dash over to the Pompidou museum to meet the rest of my group. There we saw a lot of contemporary art and had an amazing view of the whole city from the top floor. After walking around the museum for a couple hours we headed back to the jewish quarter for some more falafel. That night I met up with Justin, a fellow Rutgers student who was studying in Paris. We had a drink and then walked around the canal south of the Bastille. The next morning we woke up early again to spend our last day in Paris at the Louvre. I only had enough energy/attention to spend 2 .5 hours there but I saw almost the entire museum including The Mona Lisa, some Caravaggio’s, Rembrandt’s and many other art history class paintings. After the Louvre I headed to Clichy, a neighborhood way out in the 18th arrondisement, to check out a thrift store. It was mainly women’s clothing but I was able to find a purple ruffle shirt from H+M (for the PASCA prom. To which I plan to ask Allison. Since she is so phenomenal.). It was nice to get out of the center of the city to experience a non touristy area of Paris. That night we headed north to Oberkampf, a cool area with lots of bars. We met Justin and some of his American friends at “L’orange mecanique” (the orange mechanic). It was a cool and crowded bar. After they closed we walked around for a little while but eventually headed back to the hotel. We talked into the wee hours before sleeping a little and then getting our last breakfast. We left the hotel and caught a train back to Quimperle around 10. When we finally got back to Pont-Aven, around 3pm, we were rewarded with a beautiful sunny day. Too bad all of us were to tired to do much but unpack and sleep. In all, the trip was great but we were very glad to return to our quiet, Breton lifestyle.
*revised by Maliya and Allison