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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: $749.00 - 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.
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 tropical resort 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: http://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, January 11)
   
 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 will be served at 6:00 PM 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, and a private wine-tasting followed by an authentic French meal.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Literature of the Enlightment and Romanticism, 19th and 20th Century Literature, Science on the Seine, Debussy and Ravel, French Renaissance music plus Chorus Angelorum
(Monday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Our hotel chef will prepare a delicious hot buffet breakfast.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Dedee Aleccia will explore the Age of Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the reign of Napoleon. There will be a short mid morning refreshment break. PRESENTATION: We continue with a survey of the literature of Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and Georges Sand.
 Lunch: Our hotel chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you with table service.
 Afternoon: After lunch, a short bus ride will take you to the Eckerd College campus. PRESENTATION: Expert lecturer Hal Hultman, a scientist will explore famous French scientists in a class entitled "Science along the Seine." There will be a 15 minute break. PRESENTATION: Susan Robinson, musician, conductor, teacher will introduce 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 their use of instrumentation and harmony. We'll explore the vocal, piano, and orchestral music of each man. We'll also experience the 20th century rebuttal to their music by Les Six! - A group of six French composers led by the artist Jean Cocteau.
 Dinner: Our chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you in the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages.
 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: Art of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, French Culture, French Music, Evening Recital
(Tuesday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: Our hotel chef will prepare a delicious hot buffet breakfast.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Dedee Aleccia will explore the art of the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism, There will be a short mid morning refreshment break. PRESENTATION: Expert lecturer Joe Menasce, a former resident of France, will provide an overview of the culture, character, and history of this most fascinating and picturesque country.
 Lunch: Our hotel chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you with table service.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Joe Menasce continues his overview of French Culture, ending with an introduction to the famous châteaux of the winding Loire Valley. The bus will take you to Eckerd College. PRESENTATION: Susan Robinson will continue her presentation on Ravel, Debussy, and Les Six.
 Dinner: Our chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you in the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages.
 Evening: RECITAL: Susan Robinson and her young students will delight and entertain with an evening of French piano and instrumental music.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: France's Cathedrals, French Aviation, Free afternoon in downtown St. Petersburg, French food and wine, film
(Wednesday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: Our hotel chef will prepare a delicious hot buffet breakfast.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Dedee Aleccia will give an overview of France's magnificent medieval cathedrals. There will be a short mid-morning refreshment break.
 Lunch: Our hotel chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you with table service.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this opportunity to explore your personal interests. We'll provide transportation to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. You have many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more. A bus will return you to the hotel. PRESENTATION: Enjoy the enthusiasm and expertise of Eckerd College Professor Tom Oberhofer, a frequent traveler to France, who will share his knowledge of French food and wine with a sampling of those quintessential French tastes
 Dinner: Our chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you in the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages.
 Evening: The film "Midnight in Paris" will transport us to the Paris of the Belle Epoque, the Twenty's, and today with gorgeous scenes of the City of Lights. Written and directed by Woody Allen, this is a romantic comedy with a twist.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Chateaux of the Loire, French Impressionism, Tour of French Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Catered French Dinner, Introduction to Travel French
(Thursday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: Our hotel chef will prepare a delicious hot buffet breakfast.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: David Mulligan will transport you to the beautiful Loire Valley with a description and history of its famous châteaux, rich with vineyards along the contours of these beautiful castles deep in the heart of one of France's most historic and beautiful regions. There will be a short mid-morning refreshment break. PRESENTATION: As former director of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, our speaker knows the MFA and its collection intimately. He will take us on a preview of the Museum’s French art, from delicate medieval religious ivories to colossal 20th-century bronze sculpture, including wonderful Impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne, and place the artworks in the context of their period and the artist’s career. In October, the Museum opened its newly revamped galleries and Dr. Schloder will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the reinstallation, prior to our guided tour in the afternoon.
 Lunch: Our hotel chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you with table service.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Dr. Schloder will lead an exploration of the museum and in particular its French Impressionist masterpieces. FREE TIME. After a short time to enjoy a rest or the resort amenities and beautiful view, the bus will take you to Eckerd College for your evening activities.
 Dinner: Enjoy a specially catered meal of French cuisine in a private setting complete with tablecloths and soft music.
 Evening: PRESENTATION:. Now that you’ve enjoyed a fine French meal, learn how to order it in French. This interactive class with Dr. John Schloder will give you the basic “vocabulaire” and restaurant etiquette to enjoy a great dining experience the next time you’re in Paris. You’ll learn how to reserve the best table, to know what you’re ordering, and the difference between “service” and “pourboire”, which will leave your waiter smiling. After the presentation, the bus will return you to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Parisian Monumental Icons, The Louvre, Program Concludes with Lunch
(Friday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: Our hotel chef will prepare a delicious hot buffet breakfast
 Morning: Note: Check-out from the hotel is by 11:00 am. PRESENTATION: David Mulligan will take you to Paris to learn about the city's monumental icons. There will be a short mid-morning refreshment break. PRESENTATION: John Schloder will present The Louvre; From Royal Palace to the Worlds Greatest Museum. Everyone’s heard of the Louvre and its amazing works of art, but fewer know how it came into being. This lecture will trace its evolution from a 12-century defensive castle outside the city walls, to a Renaissance royal palace, to one of the world’s most famous museums, opening to the public at the French Revolution. Our speaker knows the Louvre well, having worked over a decade in its Paintings Department.
 Lunch: Our hotel chefs will prepare a delicious meal for you with table service. 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


Suite Francais


Author: Irene Nemirovsky


Description: Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Franaise tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.When Irne Nmirovsky began working on Suite Franaise, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.



Sarah's Key


Author: Tatiana de Rosnay


Description: A young girl. A fateful key. A woman searching for the truth Experience the novel that has touched millions. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboardtheir secret hiding placeand promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty Years Later: Sarahs story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own future. With more than five million copies in print and over two years on the New York Times bestseller list, Sarahs Key has made its way into the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Now, with this beautiful new hardcover edition, the gift of powerful storytelling can be shared with the ones you love.



Paris Underground


Author: Etta Shiber


Description: Contents include: I Escape from Europe i II Flight from Paris 13 III The English Pilot 22 IV Running the Gauntlet 31 V They Are Here 37 VI Plans for Escape 51 VII William Escapes 57 VIII A Trip to Doullens 67 IX Ten Thousand Englishmen 80 X The Gestapo Pounces 86 XI Where Is Lieutenant Burke 93 XII Nach Paris 103 XIII The Wound no XIV Friends or Enemies 17 XV A Visit to Father Christian 129 XVI The Death Decree 139 fcvn An Old Friend 14 XVIII Check to the Gestapo 160 Made in Heaven 174 f wo Scares CONTENTS CHAPTER. XXIII First Day in Prison XXIV The Stool Pigeon XXV Release XXVI Where Is Kitty XXVII Travels with a Shadow XXVIII Prison Again XXIX Kitty XXX The Trial XXXI Captain Weber Speaks XXXII The Sentence XXXIII Cut Rate for Freedom XXXIV Micheline XXXV A New Cell-Mate XXXVI Louise Clears Up a Mystery XXXVII A New Prison XXXVIII Prison at Troyes XXXIX Pearl Harbor. Axis Report XL A New Arrival XLI Spring XLII Parole XLIII Father Christian XLI



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.



The Monuments Men: Allied Heores, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History


Author: Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter


Description: At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.



Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Originas of the Modern Museum in 18th Century Paris


Author: Andrew McClellan


Description: Founded in the final years of the Enlightenment, the Louvre--with the greatest collection of Old Master paintings and antique sculpture assembled under one roof--became the model for all state art museums subsequently established. Andrew McClellan chronicles the formation of this great museum from its origins in the French royal picture collections to its apotheosis during the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire. More than a narrative history, McClellan's account explores the ideological underpinnings, pedagogic aims, and aesthetic criteria of the Louvre. Drawing on new archival materials, McClellan also illuminates the art world of eighteenth-century Paris.



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.





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