Musee D'OrsaySieneParis CafeMontmartreLe Moulin Rouge

Days on this sojourn are punctuated with picturesque walks, museum stops, and visits to the places that inspired the artists of the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism movements. We begin each morning with an informal lecture – in Paris these are held in our classroom at the world-renowned Sorbonne – during which Professor Elkins explores a specific artist or theme. Following the lecture, we head off to visit the very sites the Impressionists & Post-Impressionists used for inspiration and subject matter as well as the museums where their works hang today. A couple of whimsical treats are also on the schedule: one an afternoon balloon flight in Provence which provides a bird’s eye view over Mont Sainte-Victiore and the Bibemus Quarry.

Daily Schedule: Tuesday, July 27
7:309:00 Breakfast at our hotel (individually)
9:0010:00 Morning Lecture – Classroom at the Sorbonne
10:0013:00 Privately guided visit to the Musée D’Orsay
13:0014:00 Group Lunch in the Musée D’Orsay restaurant
14:0018:00 Free time for sightseeing/shopping
18:0019:30 Walking tour of Montmartre
19:3021:30 Seminar evening and group dinner at Le Moulin de la Galette
22:0023:30 Optional booking at Le Moulin Rouge

Plenty of time during the week is left free so participants can explore their own interests. During the course of the week you’ll have several afternoons and evenings free. Want to see Paris from a unique perspective? Try a boat trip along the Seine. For evening entertainment options, you couldn’t be in a richer city. In Provence, you may wish to do some shopping or perhaps simply soak up the local atmosphere in a sun-drenched, outdoor cafe.

Seminar Evenings
Discussion is the hallmark of any learning experience. That’s why two evenings during the week are reserved for special seminars designed to encourage group participation and discussion. While we enjoy remarkable French dinners, Professor Elkins leads us in discussions of topics we’ve covered during our visits and morning lectures. The locations for our seminar evenings are stories in themselves – one a restaurant in Montmartre made famous by Renoire’s painting, the other a cafe in Provence where Paul Cézanne himself often dinned.
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