Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day, standing up to 2 hours at a time; pavement, cobblestones, gravel paths. Expect crowded conditions.
At the hotel.
We will go by motorcoach with our Group Leader and our instructor to the Musée d’Orsay, which houses the world's largest collection of Impressionist art. The first work of art is the building itself, 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. We will see and learn about the collections of painting, sculpture, and decorative objects that show the tremendous diversity of artistic creation in the western world from 1848-1914, showcasing many of the most remarkable works of the early modern era including the Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau movements.
At the Musée d’Orsay, we’ll enjoy a plated meal, plus choice or wine or soft drink; other beverages available for purchase.
We will then continue by motorcoach to Montmartre. With our Group Leader and Instructor, we’ll set out on a walking field trip to explore this area. We’ll gain insights into the lives of artists in Paris, and learn about the importance of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to this community. We will observe Place du Tertre — place of the hill — the popular center of Montmartre’s artists. 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. We’ll step inside the Sacred Heart Basilica, where the murals covering the walls and ceiling are made up of millions of tiny mosaic tiles. Sacré-Cœur Basilica, built as an expression of national penance for France’s 1870 defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and consecrated in 1919. We will also walk the winding streets of this hilltop “village”, the center of Paris’ Bohemian life that continue to inspire artists today.
Explore local fare on your own.