A Visit to Montmartre and Paris’ Latin Quarter

Sarah Behm - Salamanca chaperone

We saw all of the famous sites!

This morning, we took a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries, the gardens of the Louvre Palace, and relaxed among the beautiful fountains and flowers before heading to Paris’ oldest neighborhood: Montmartre.

Marveling at Sacré-Coeur

Montmartre was once home to many famous artists, such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh, and still retains its bohemian ambiance. We explored the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, a beautiful, white-stone church at the highest point in the city. We also enjoyed the artists and cafés of the Place du Tertre, a lively, open square that has long attracted artists and performers.

Visiting the Musée d’Orsay

After a wonderful breakfast, we headed off to the Musée d’Orsay, an art museum housed in a former train station, to view paintings and sculptures by impressionist and post-impressionist artists such as Rodin, Van Gogh, Manet, and Degas. The museum’s famous clock tower- turned-window provided us a beautiful panorama of the city!

Exploring Notre Dame

Next, we hopped on the metro to the Latin Quarter, which owes its name to the nearby university, La Sorbonne, whose courses were all conducted in Latin. This neighborhood is still home to many students and artists, and offers many interesting shops and cafes. An unexpected rain shower didn’t slow us down a bit, and we caught the metro once again to the Cathedral de Notre Dame, which just so happens to be celebrating its 850th birthday this year! We were awed by the beautiful, rose windows, as well as the soaring ceilings and buttresses.

Ascending the Eiffel Tower!

We topped off our whirlwind tour day with a trip to the summit of the Eiffel Tower, where we took in the full view of the city lights at night. It was a classic day in the most beautiful city on Earth! We’re excited for a boat ride tonight down the Seine on the Bateau Mouche! It will be the perfect ending to another perfect, Parisian day! Tomorrow is our last day in France, and we’re heading out to Versailles, the grand, former palace of the French monarchy!

– Erin Simmeth, US Chaperone, Nice Program 2013

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