23291
France

Great Global Get-Together in Paris

Experience the magic of Paris and learn about its local history, explore exquisite architecture and study famous artwork with an enthusiastic group of Road Scholars and instructors.
Rating (5)
Program No. 23291RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,199

At a Glance

Experience the glamour and grandeur of the City of Light with fellow lifelong learners during this week-long gala event. Alongside our favorite local experts, explore the best of Paris by studying the medieval architecture and historic neighborhoods. Feel like a true Parisian as you learn about a historic chateaux during a private exploration and enjoy the local delicacies at a wine and cheese tasting. Let the creativity of countless painters inspire you while a docent takes you through the Louvre and discover that French living is truly a work of art.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the Château de Vaux le Vicomte all to yourselves on an exclusive exploration of its historic halls.
  • Dive right into the local medieval art and architecture as you venture through the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris.
  • Discover the world’s most extensive collections of Impressionist art at the Musée d'Orsay with a local expert.

General Notes

This program has a maximum of 80 participants. The large group will be split into smaller groups with a max of 24. To maintain a small group feel amid a large group program, the order of the daily schedule will vary per group. Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Paris in Mind
by Jennifer Lee (Editor)
With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Murder in the Marais
by Cara Black
Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more.
A Traveller's History of Paris
by Robert Coles
A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its foundation, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times.
Paris Stories
by Mavis Gallant, Michael Ondaatje (Introduction)
All written in Paris (where Gallant has long lived), these magnificent stories take place from the Left Bank to the French Riviera, postwar Germany and Franco-era Spain. If you haven’t read her work (many of the stories originally appeared in the New Yorker), you are in for a treat. Gallant is one of the great 20th century short story writers.
Murder in the Latin Quarter
by Cara Black
The ninth installment in Black's series featuring "adorably punkish" detective Aimee Leduc, who gets around on a pink Vespa. This time, Aimee's investigations lead her through the old university district of Paris -- its colorful streets, schools, museums, cafes and bookstores providing a vivid backdrop to the suspense.
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris
by John Baxter
Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales.
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway
A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.
The Secret Life of the Seine
by Mort Rosenblum
After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.
The Food of France
by Waverly Root
An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south).
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong
by Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow
This lively, astute examination by two Canadian journalists tackles the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization.
Paris Pratique Par Arrondissement
by Atlas Indispensable
This pocket atlas contains detailed maps of every neighborhood in Paris, as well as details about bus and metro stops.





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