Walking up to 3 miles (about 5 km) throughout the day during planned activities; cobblestone streets, inclined terrain, 2-4 flights of stairs. Travel via Paris Métro (public transportation system), accessed by going up/down flights of stairs and walking through pedestrian tunnels; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; Standing on the Metro when seats are not available. Expect crowds.
At the hotel, we'll have a breakfast buffet with hot and cold choices and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water, juice.
At the hotel, our Instructor will lead a class on the basics of the French language. One of the most common languages in the world, French is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide. This is an opportunity to master essential phrases we will need to use during our week-long Parisian adventure. We will set out on foot and take the Métro to Montmartre with our Group Leader and Instructor.
In Montmatre, We will provide meal vouchers known as “tickets restaurant” that can be used at restaurants, bakeries, brasseries, and cafés displaying a TR sticker on the window with messages such as this: “Nous acceptons les Tickets Restaurant.” (Change is not given back if the meal cost is less than the value of the voucher.) The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Our assignment will be to read the menu and order in French. Try not to use a dictionary or guidebook unless absolutely necessary.
We will regroup at a specified time and place, then walk to Place du Tertre, the heart of bohemian Montmartre. We’ll continue mastering our skills in French as we converse with local artists. Then, we’ll each have an artist draw or paint our portraits. We’ll embark on a 'behind the scenes' exploration of Montmartre led by our Instructor. As we explore the area, our Instructor will provide some information about the artists who once lived there. The main square has been a gathering place for artists for generations and is still a focal point for the local artistic scene. It is situated next to the famous Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart Basilica) built on the summit of Butte de Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. If you prefer not to climb the steep steps to the entrance, you can ride in the funicular. We’ll have some independent time before dinner. You may either return to the hotel by metro or continue your exploration of Montmartre.
We’ll meet at a local restaurant, and have a plated meal with a beverage choice of wine or soft drink; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Share highlights of the day with fellow Road Scholars, conversing en français, bien sûr!