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The French Experience

Program Number: 9235RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 1/11/2015 - 1/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $668.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Bienvenue! Welcome to France — without the travails of international travel. Explore the great French culture through its art, architecture, music, literature and cuisine. Learn about the great age of French cathedrals, the inventiveness of novelists such as Flaubert and Zola, and the stage works of Molière. Survey the wine regions and then take part in a wine tasting session.




Highlights

• Study the celebrated French Impressionists and then see selected works at the Museum of Fine Arts.
• Revel in the music of Ravel and Debussy with a live performance just for you.
• Examine important scientific discoveries of Pasteur and Curie, and the literature of Voltaire, Descartes, Rousseau and Sartre.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

11-2-2014, 1-11-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Dedee Aleccia

Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia received her B.A. in English from Rosary Hill College and her master’s degrees in English and in art history from State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. For her art history degree, she conducted on-site research on the Thomas Becket window cycle at Canterbury Cathedral in England. She has held professorships at Broome Community College and Montgomery College and has served as adjunct professor at SUNY Binghamton, the University of Baltimore, and Eckerd College. Dedee received a Smithsonian Fellowship to study images of labor in art and incorporated her findings in honors courses she taught. In her professorships she held such positions as curriculum committee chair, assessment center director, and honors program director. She also received a national award for teaching excellence.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On site parking is free and available in proximity to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

To/From Magnuson Hotel 727-8981496 To/From Greyhound Lines-7 Miles (For Greyhound Only) Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Magnuson Marina Cove /St. Petersburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

United Cab: 727-799-2222 Clearwater Yellow: 727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes to 1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended but not required. Travel from airport to the campus is very convenient - all interstate.

 
Driving Directions
  From North to Magnuson I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From South to Magnuson I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.25 toll). Take Exit 16 right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  From St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport to Magnuson Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road.Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From Tampa International Airport to Magnuson I-275 south toward St. Petersburg. You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea Level

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm at Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the classroom to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule we'll review during orientation in the evening. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, to enjoy the amenities of the resort, or relax in your room. If you arrive after dinner, your packet will be at the hotel front desk, or our coordinator will give it to you first thing Monday morning.
 Dinner: Your dinner is served banquet style in a conference room near your classroom.
 Evening: The evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the resort, or relax. Get ready for an enriching week exploring the great French culture through its art, architecture, music, literature, and cuisine. You can look forward to a live performance, a visit to our Fine Arts Museum, a private wine-tasting and a special French meal.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Overview of French Culture /Economics and Politics in France Today/ Bus Excursion to see St. Pete highlights / Music with a French flair by Chorus Angelorum
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Expert lecturer Joe Menasce, a former resident of France, provides an overview of the culture, character, and history of this most fascinating and picturesque country. There is a short mid-morning refreshment break. PRESENTATION: Joe Menasce continues his overview of French Culture, ending with an introduction to the famous châteaux of the winding Loire Valley.
 Lunch: Our hotel chefs prepare a delicious meal for you with table service.
 Afternoon: LECTURE Economics expert, Hal Hultman takes you to the political and economic turmoil of France today. With the political transition to the populist Socialist coalition under François Hollande, France celebrated throwing-off Sarkozy’s conservative cloak of austerity and anticipated reviving the moribund, indeed contracting, French GDP. This development was also welcomed by the Economic Union (EU) as Germany and France are the backbone of the EU economy. However, the image was dashed early in Hollande’s administration when he introduced new plans for economic recovery, which continued onerous restrictions under the guise of stimulating the economy. The current situation is one of continued economic stagnation, unemployment and political unrest in France, and indeed in the EU itself. Hollande’s approval rating has descended to 17%, he has experienced dissention in his own cabinet necessitating dissolving it and forming a new Cabinet. Political opponents are already declaring candidacy for the 2017 elections. We will delve into these and many other facets of the Gallic melee. EXCURSION: After class, board our motor coach for a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" tour of the local area.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.After dinner, the bus returns you to the hotel.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Enjoy an evening of sublime music. Noted a capella group, Chorus Angelorum, enlightens and entertains with a selection of Renaissance and modern French music and other pieces from the group's repertoire.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Literature of the Enlightenment and Romanticism / 19th and 20th Century Literature / Science on the Seine / Evening Recital of French Music
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast in our private dining room
 Morning: LECTURE: Dedee Aleccia explores French literature from the Age of Enlightenment through Romanticism. Highlights from the writings of Moliere, Voltaire, Dumas, Hugo, and Sand cover such topics as the influence of absolute monarchs, the belief in man’s ability to create the best of worlds, the importance of the grand tour, the zest for adventure and revolution, and the emotional impact of unrequited love. There is a short mid morning refreshment break. LECTURE: 19th and 20th Century Literature: Realism, Existentialism and Feminism: Highlighting novels by Flaubert and Zola and detailing the late 19th century socio-historic environment, Dedee discusses the Realists’ accurate portrayal of the often tragic consequence of choices made and actions taken by ordinary characters. Shifting to the mid 20th century, she discusses how, in the aftermath of World War II, Existentialism evolves as writers like Sartre try to find meaning in life and how De Beauvoir opens the world for women to define themselves as she examines what it is to be female.
 Lunch: Our hotel chef prepares a delicious lunch for you with table service
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Science Along The Seine, the Golden Age of French Science. Lecturer Hal Hultman turns to his scientific background and expertise as he shares his knowledge of French science. The renaissance genius René Descartes is known for his philosophy, but today’s scientists (and yes - you and I) will revere him for his insights in mathematics and optics. Émille du Châtele, the renowned mathematician was, in the words of her lover, Voltaire, “…a great man whose only fault was being a woman.” The fundamentals of Chemistry - and Baking - learned by high school and cooking school students today, are the result of Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier’s late-night discoveries in his garret laboratory. We gain insights into these real people through both their accomplishments and their personal diaries, and together with such luminaries as LaPlace, Pasteur, Becquerel, the Curies and Louis Blériot, we discover and appreciate their ubiquitous presence in making our everyday lives so enjoyable. No need for a science background – this is a “down to earth” fun journey. After the lecture you have free time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Evening: RECITAL: Susan Robinson and her young students delight and entertain with an evening of French piano and instrumental music. Return to the hotel after the concert.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: French Music: Debussy & Ravel / Free time in downtown St. Pete / French Wine Tasting / Evening Presentation
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Classes will all be on campus today so you'll board the bus for breakfast at the CEC Café which features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Susan Robinson, musician, conductor, and teacher introduces the music of French composers Debussy and Ravel. The beautiful artistry of the French chansson culminates in the 19th century orchestration of Debussy and Ravel. Each man was also a trailblazer in his use of instrumentation and harmony. We explore the vocal, piano, and orchestral music of each man. We also experience the 20th century rebuttal to their music by Les Six! - A group of six French composers led by the artist Jean Cocteau. There is a short mid morning refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this opportunity to explore your personal interests. We provide transportation to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg where you have many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride. Museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more beckon you. The bus returns you to the hotel. PRESENTATION: Enjoy the enthusiasm and expertise of Eckerd College Professor Emeritus Tom Oberhofer, a frequent traveler to France, who shares his knowledge of French wine with a sampling of that quintessential French pleasure.
 Dinner: The buffet at the CEC Café includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays. After dinner, the bus returns you to the hotel.
 Evening: Evening Presentation or Activity
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Art of the Enlightenment & Romanticism / 19th & 20th Century Art: Impressionism / French Art and more at the Tampa Art Museum / Special French Dinner
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Classes will all be on campus today so you'll board the bus for breakfast at the CEC Café which features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: LECTURE: Art History: Enlightenment, Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Beginning with the Age of Louis XIV and ending with the Napoleonic Age, art historian Dedee Aleccia discusses major works of art that highlight the characteristics of these periods. The elegance of the French court, the turn to classical models, the zest for adventure and the quest for the exotic are examined in works by such artists as Fragonard, Vigee-LeBrun, David, Ingres, and Delacroix. There is a short mid-morning refreshment break. LECTURE: Art History-Impressionism to Modern.The Impressionist artists challenged traditional ways of presenting the subject in art by attempting to capture bourgeois life in fleeting moments and flickering light. Their exploration of new ways of presenting the subject opened the door to future artists who explored various innovative techniques found in styles such as Post Impressionism, Cubism, and other forms of Modernism. Dedee's lecture covers the works of artists such as Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Rodin, Braque, and Leger.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP:We travel aboard our bus to The Tampa Museum of Art located in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Its spectacular 66,000-square-foot Cornelia Corbett Center building was designed by San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz and has received many design awards. The building features a shimmering pierced aluminum exterior, and state-of-the-art gallery spaces with innovative translucent ceilings and polished concrete floors. Seven expansive interior galleries, one exterior sculpture gallery, 12,000 sq. feet of LED coverage on the south facade, and educational classrooms equipped with the latest technology offer visitors a wide variety of visual art experiences. The museum provides the region with world-class traveling exhibitions, a growing collection of contemporary and classical art, expanded educational programs and access to scenic outdoor events along Tampa’s Riverwalk. The museum is a nationally recognized major arts destination and premier venue for residents and visitors. We’ll focus on the current exhibit, Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color. Few places continue to enthrall us like Paris and the rich legacy of the artists who made the “City of Light” their home. Together, these artists, including the well-known leaders of French impressionism—Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley—came to define 19th-century Parisian modernity, bringing to life the cafe´s, city streets, and brightly lit seaside resorts of the French capital and its environs. Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color showcases 55 masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. Dedee Aleccia accompanies us on the field trip, and her guided tour leads to a deeper understanding of these wonderful paintings.
 Dinner: We board our bus for a French dinner prepared for us by Chef Dominique Christini at Café Largo. Born in the south of France, he grew up in La Colle Sur Loup on the French Riviera. His love of food as art began at age fourteen while working in a pastry shop after school. After culinary school in Nice, Chef Dominique honed his skills in renowned French restaurants in the United States, then settled in the Florida Suncoast. Here he established his restaurant, Café Largo, which enables him to creatively infuse a traditional French fine dining experience with the Provencal influence from his youth.
 Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT After the presentation, the bus returns you to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: France Through its Cuisine / Program Concludes with Lunch
(Friday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Classes will be on campus today so you'll board the bus for breakfast at the CEC Café which features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Note: The hotel has allowed us a later check-out and we will provide shuttles throughout the morning for those who have earlier flights. PRESENTATION: Bienvenue to the world of traditional French culinary dishes, spices, sauces, and the exploration of their origins! Our lecturer, Sophie Champigny-Hotel, a native of France, takes us on a voyage to the heart of “la gastronomie” by leading our tour of the various regions of France and their famous cuisines and wines. From its beginning, French cuisine has reflected the twists and turns of its social and political environment. In the Middle- Ages the “chefs du Roi” such as Guillaume Tirel, the chef for Charles V in 1364, began to emerge.. Then, after 1789, chefs have been awarded the privilege to produce and sell whatever they desire to cook. French cuisine begins to take a more contemporary turn between 1898- 1921 when Auguste Escoffier, the director of the Kitchens at the Carlton, divides the workload through teaching and invents numerous dishes such as La pêche Melba. In today’s world, Paul Bocuse, Jean, et Pierre Troisgros reinvent French gastronomy by coining it “La nouvelle cuisine”. To look at some of the specific famous dishes, let's begin our journey in “L’Alsace- Lorraine” in the North Eastern part of France by studying la choucroute (Sauerkraut) and its traditional quiche origins. We then cross France to discover the history of the famous salty and sweet crepes of Normandy, only to make our way right to the center of France where we have been invited to Lamotte-Beuvron where the delicious 19th century Tarte Tatin was invented. Once we have grazed our way past the core of France, our journey leads us to Burgundy with le boeuf bourguignon , and in the South, Toulouse, known as “The Pink City” where we are embraced by le Cassoulet. Finally, and certainly not to be forgotten, are the delectable ratatouille in the Provence region and the world renown Bouillabaisse from Marseille.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this fascinating program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Petersburg, Florida Websites-Places of Interest
Dali Museum: www,salvadordalimuseum.org Fine Arts Museum: www.fine-arts.org South Florida Museum: www.southfloridamuseum.org Holocaust Museum: www.flholocaustmuseum.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


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The Paris Wife


Author: Paula McLain


Description: Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happinessuntil she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile groupthe fabled Lost Generationthat includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriagea deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything theyve fought so hard for. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.



A Moveable Feast


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: Published posthumously in 1964,A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingways most beloved works. Since Hemingways personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this spe- cial restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published. Featuring a personal Foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernests sole surviving son, and an Introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Sean Hemingway, this new edi- tion also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-pub- lished Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of other literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingways own early experiments with his craft. Sure to excite critics and readers alike, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.



Our Hearts Were Young and Gay


Author: Cornelia Otis Skinner


Description: OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY is a travel essay that appeared in 1942. Within, co-authors and best pals Cornelia Otis Skinner from Bryn Mawr, PA and Emily Kimbrough from Indiana share the experiences of an independent trip to Europe made in 1920 when young, footloose and relatively free of parental oversight. Skinner's parents were traveling on a parallel but more or less separate itinerary. The charm of this delightful narrative lies in the fact that it's a recollection of girlish innocence, naivete, and silliness told from the perspective of a more mature adulthood that achieves an engaging, self-deprecating wit. Had the two travelers been teenage boys, I doubt that such a retrospective tale would've been conceived and told by their grown-up counterparts; it's just not a Guy Thing. From Montreal to London to Paris, our heroines' misadventures are myriad. Their passenger ship runs aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Cornelia contracts measles in the mid-Atlantic and must be virtually smuggled ashore on reaching England. The two get lost in the maze at Hampton Court. Misdirected to recommended lodgings in Rouen, they spend the night on the top floor of a brothel, to the bemusement of the house madam, and never have a clue. (Teenage boys would've noticed, you think?) At the Rouen railroad station, Emily's overstuffed purse looses its contents onto the tracks just as a train pulls in. Bedbugs attack Skinner in the City of Light. Lunch at the Paris Ritz proves mortifying. A treacherous hair net ("Venida double-mesh") manifests itself during Cornelia's introductory acting lesson with a French stage idol.



Paris From the Ground Up


Author: James McGregor


Description: Paris is the most personal of cities. There is a Paris for the medievalist, and another for the modernista Paris for expatriates, philosophers, artists, romantics, and revolutionaries of every stripe. James H. S. McGregor brings these multiple perspectives into focus throughout this concise, unique history of the City of Light. His panorama begins with an ancient Gallic fortress on the Seine, burned to the ground by its own defenders in a vain effort to starve out Caesars legions. After ninth-century raids by the Vikings ended, Parisians expanded the walls of their tiny sanctuary on the Ile de la Cit, turning the rivers right bank into a thriving commercial district and the Rive Gauche into a college town. Gothic spires expressed a taste for architectural novelty, matched only by the palaces and pleasure gardens of successive monarchs whose ingenuity made Paris the epitome of everything French. The fires of Revolution threatened all that had come before, but Baron Haussmann saw opportunity in the wreckage. No planned city in the world is more famous than his. Paris from the Ground Up allows readers to trace the citys evolution in its architecture and artfrom the Roman arena to the Muse dOrsay, from the Louvres defensive foundations to I. M. Peis transparent pyramids. Color maps, along with identifying illustrations, make the city accessible to visitors by foot, Metro, or riverboat.



The Greater Journey - Americans in Paris


Author: David McCullough


Description: As David McCullough writes, Not all pioneers went west. In The Greater Journey, he tells the enthralling, inspiringand until now, untoldstory of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, whose encounters with black students at the Sorbonne inspired him to become the most powerful voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate. Friends James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Morse not only painting what would be his masterpiece, but also bringing home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Harriet Beecher Stowe traveled to Paris to escape the controversy generated by her book, Uncle Toms Cabin. Three of the greatest American artists eversculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargentflourished in Paris, inspired by French masters. Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris, and the nightmare of the Commune. His vivid diary account of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris is published here for the first time. Telling their stories with power and intimacy, McCullough brings us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens phrase, longed to soar into the blue.



Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi


Author: Magny, Olivier


Description: To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black.





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