Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. ~Steven Wright
Today was a field trip day! We went to the Luxembourg Garden, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The Fountain was amazing and there were little children playig in the little fountain, it was like a living postcard. Then we went and explored the area around there and visited the home of Gertrude Stein, Thomas Paine, and Sylivia Beach, all amazingly important American writers who lived and worked in Paris.Lunch was FANTASTIC I had a Croque Champignon which was a piece of toasted bread, a layer of ham, a layer of mushroom, and melted cheese on top. It was absolutely delicious!After that we went to the Musse D'Orsay. The RER was down so we had to walk, a good 20 minute walk which was a bit rough since it was a bit warmer out and I'm still just exhausted from the weekend's trip and from Bastille Day. But we made it safe and sound and got the chance to explore the museum and admire all these amazing pieces of art that have been preserved for us to admire. I had forgotten how much about art I've learned, it's really just so surreal to suddenly be standing in front of a great piece of work that you have studied in classes. I mean, suddenly it's not just some words and a picture in a book, it is a piece of art right there in front of you, close enough to touch. I really have found that I love art of all styles and shapes. Sculptures and paintings, Ancient Greece and Modern. I find it all just so beautiful and inspiring that it's hard to not love it. I don't know if I have a favorite, though I have found oddly enough, that the title makes all the difference to me. A catchy, clever title will draw me into the painting sometimes more than the artwork itself. I guess that just shows why I am an English major!Tomorrow is classes again and then I'm going to the Train Station to get my pass validated to ride on the trains. I'm going to a few places with some of the program directors on Friday and then to Lyon on Sat. It's going to be very exciting!Je vous aime! Bon soir!