Written by Faith Phillips ’18 to recount Thursday, March 9, 2017:
Today we took the metro to the Arc de Triomphe first and stopped for pictures. After, we walked down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to get to the Musee d’Orsay and passed cool stores like Louis Vuitton along the way. It was interesting to see the avenue so early because most stores were closed and the sidewalks were not crowded. When we got to the Musee d’Orsay, we met our tour guide and started listening to the history of the art. The art was truly spectacular and we spent the most time looking at Impressionists and Post-Impressionists! We saw the works of Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and more. It was an amazing opportunity to see my favorite paintings up close and was by far the highlight of my trip so far. After our tour, we left the museum and ate lunch in a park outside.
The second part of our day consisted of a 2-hour bus tour of Paris. For the first time, we got to see the Eiffel Tower up close, and we were able to learn about the history of Paris as we looked at the city. We drove down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and were able to see it when it was full of life.
Today was outstanding, and we all enjoyed seeing the culture and art that lives in this amazing city.