Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 2 hours, approximately 100 miles roundtrip; traffic dependent. Use of Paris Métro; unavoidable stairs; walking through pedestrian tunnels; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; Standing on the Metro when seats are not available. Walking up to 2 miles; grassy terrain, even and uneven ground. Standing for up to 2 hours during field trips. Expect crowds.
We will depart the hotel by motorcoach to Giverny, where Claude Monet created and painted his incredible gardens. We’ll explore his house and gardens and observe the pond that inspired his famous water lily paintings. We’ll learn about his famous art and the Impressionist movement with commentary by our Instructor. Walking through the water garden and Clos Normand, we may feel as if we have stepped right into one of Monet’s famous water lily paintings! Monet drew pictures as a child, went to a school for the arts, and painted many outdoor scenes during his career. Monet and his artist friends rebelled against the kind of conservative art approved by critics and created their own style. It was called Impressionism because it was an “impression” of a scene, painted outdoors to capture the look of natural light. Today, Impressionism is one of the most popular art forms in the world.
At a restaurant in Giverny near the Monet house, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of water, soft drinks; other beverages available for purchase.
We will return to Paris for a bit of independent time before our field trip to the Musée d'Orsay. Then, we will take the Métro to the Musée d'Orsay, which houses the world's largest collection of Impressionist art. With our Instructor, we’ll learn about learn about French Art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography and the masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The former Gare d’Orsay railway station, built in Beaux-Arts style for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, was refurbished, repurposed, and reopened as the Musée d’Orsay in 1986. The collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects show the tremendous diversity of artistic creation in the Western world from 1848-1914, showcasing remarkable works of the early modern era including the Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau movements.
At the Musée d'Orsay restaurant, we’ll have a 2-course plated meal with a beverage choice of water, soft drink, glass of wine; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Partagez les moments forts de la journée avec les camarades Road Scholars.