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Online Program

Adventures Online: The Art & History of Paris

Program No. 24171RJ
Join us live from the City of Light — from the comfort of your own home! Embark on an online adventure to explore famous museums and landmarks and enjoy Q&A sessions with our experts.

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DATES & starting prices
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Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024
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499
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024
Starting at
499

At a Glance

Live like a Parisian from the comfort of your living room during an online learning experience that brings you into the heart of the city. Our local Parisian experts will share the very best of their city while leading explorations of world-class museums and landmarks. Take in sessions by historians and city experts on artistic masterpieces and Parisian history, while also enjoying opportunities for small-group discussions and Q&A sessions. Each day, you’ll “see” a new part of Paris and enjoy a chance to bond with your fellow Francophiles without ever leaving home. Join us for this cutting-edge learning adventure, live from the City of Light!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the collections of the Louvre, Rodin and Orsay museums — among many others — as you join your experts for an online exploration of each institution's most notable artworks.
  • “Go inside” Sainte Chapelle, discover the front of Notre Dame Cathedral and join in a discussion about efforts to restore this magnificent building.
  • Join your expert for an online walk through the Saint Germain area, La Sorbonne, Pont-Neuf, Place des Vosges, Montmartre and many others.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer
Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer studied French and Spanish literature before going on to get a master’s in European culture at the University of Cambridge. He has traveled extensively and has many years of experience leading educational adventures in France, Spain and Italy. He has recently completed a PhD in 19th-century Spanish literature. In addition to his principal research, he regularly writes for a number of publications on urban history and architecture.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer studied French and Spanish literature before going on to get a master’s in European culture at the University of Cambridge. He has traveled extensively and has many years of experience leading educational adventures in France, Spain and Italy. He has recently completed a PhD in 19th-century Spanish literature. In addition to his principal research, he regularly writes for a number of publications on urban history and architecture.
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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.
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.
The New Paris
by Lindsey Tramuta
Move past the clichés and learn about what makes up Paris today. Explore the open-minded sensibility, diverse populations, and hidden corners of The New Paris.
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.
Camembert: A National Myth
by Pierre Boisard
Camembert - delectably fragrant, creamy-centered, neatly boxed - is the most popular and most famous French cheese. Originally made by hand in the Norman countryside, it is now mass-produced internationally, yet Camembert remains a national symbol for France, emblematic of its cultural identity. In this witty and entertaining book, Pierre Boisard investigates the history of Camembert and its legend.
Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
by Clotilde Dusolier
French food-related idioms are explained and delightfully illustrated in this playful meditation on the French language.
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
by Joan DeJean
A captivating history of the growth, design, and planning of Paris, telling the story of how the modern city came to be.
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.
Les Grands Magasins: The History of Paris’s Legendary Department Stores
by Ladonne, Jennifer
www.francetoday.com/culture/shopping-boutiques/les_grands_magasins_the_history_of_paris_s_legendary_department_stores/
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.
Les Grands Magasins: The History of Paris’s Legendary Department Stores
by Jennifer Ladonne
www.francetoday.com/culture/shopping-boutiques/les_grands_magasins_the_history_of_paris_s_legendary_department_stores/
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
Markets of Paris
by Dixon Long & Marjorie Williams
An in-depth guide to the best markets in Paris. Dive into the heart of French culture and navigate the markets like a local with maps, tips, and handy phrases.
The French Impressionist
by Rebecca Bischoff
Rosemary, 15 years old, is in France on her own for the first time on an exchange program. What an adventure!
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.
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5 days
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1
Origins, Île de la Cité, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame, Cluny
From the comfort of your own home

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time (ET). Today's session will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:50 p.m. as it includes Orientation. The day before each session, the instructor will send you a handout by email that will accompany the lecture. He will also recommend any extra reading or background research that could complement the day's themes.

Afternoon: Orientation. At 1:00 p.m. (ET), our resident expert and Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date schedule and any changes, discuss Zoom meeting protocol and technical instructions, and answer any questions you may have. This Orientation session will last approximately 30 minutes. We’ll then have a lecture (50 minutes) on the origins of Paris from Roman development through the Middle Ages. Archaeologists estimate that the area has been inhabited for about 9,000 years. What eventually became Paris began in the 3rd Century BCE when members of the Parisii tribe settled on an island in the Seine River. Our virtual field trip (45 minutes) will focus on the Roman and medieval heritage on the Île de la Cité and the Left Bank. We will “visit” the city’s old Roman road and the Arènes de Lutèce, before exploring the exterior of Notre-Dame. We will study the beautiful stained-glass windows of the extraordinary Sainte-Chapelle. It was commissioned by King – later Saint – Louis IX and consecrated in 1248. The magnificent stained glass windows consist of 1,113 individual scenes that — when filled with light — make the chapel a veritable jewel box of color.” We will continue with a virtual visit to the Musée de Cluny — National Museum of the Middle Ages — with its unique collection including the renowned series of tapestries known as “The Lady and the Unicorn.” Next, we’ll have an open discussion with questions and answers (45 minutes) touching on Medieval monuments, Romanticism, the Notre-Dame fire, and restoration projects.

DAY
2
Renaissance Paris, Musée du Louvre, Place de Vosges, Q&A
From the comfort of your own home

Activity note: Today's session will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. ET. The day before each session, the instructor will send you a handout by email that will accompany the lecture. He will also recommend any extra reading or background research that could complement the day's themes.

Afternoon: We’ll have a lecture (30 minutes) on the arrival of the Renaissance in Paris and the city’s central role in the Enlightenment. Our next virtual field trip (45 minutes) will illustrate how the new ideas of this period shaped the city. We will “visit” the founding educational institutions La Sorbonne and the Collège de France, situated next to each other in the Latin Quarter. Further afield, we will examine the Place des Vosges in what was originally called the Place Royale and is now the Marais district. This bold example of rational urban planning was commissioned by King Henri IV and inaugurated in 1612. One of its most famous later residents was Victor Hugo. We will also learn about the highlights of the Musée du Louvre. The largest museum in the world, the Louvre’s unrivaled collection includes thousands of masterworks including Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the Hellenistic statue of a goddess known as “Vénus de Milo” for the island where it was discovered in 1820. Our open discussion with questions and answers (45 minutes) will focus on the Italian influence on French art and culture.

DAY
3
Revolutions, Musée Carnavalet, Bastille, Conciergerie, Q&A
From the comfort of your own home

Activity note: Today's session will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. ET. The day before each session, the instructor will send you a handout by email that will accompany the lecture. He will also recommend any extra reading or background research that could complement the day's themes.

Afternoon: Our expert lecture (30 minutes) will focus on the French Revolution(s). Today’s virtual field trip (45 minutes) will take us into the Musée Carnavalet, which consists of two townhouses in the Marais with more than 100 rooms and a collection of some 600,000 items that trace five centuries of Parisian history. We will look into the “Revolution” rooms. We’ll then move on from the Place de la Bastille through the Marais, to the Conciergerie — nicknamed “antechamber to the guillotine” — where Marie Antoinette and more than a thousand others were imprisoned, and to the Place de la Concorde. Open discussion with questions and answers (45 minutes): Napoleon Bonaparte, Hero or Villain?

DAY
4
Capital of the 19th Century, Museums, Montmartre
From the comfort of your own home

Activity note: Today's session will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. ET. The day before each session, the instructor will send you a handout by email that will accompany the lecture. He will also recommend any extra reading or background research that could complement the day's themes.

Afternoon: Today’s lecture (30 minutes) will address the modernization of Paris under Napoleon III and how the city became a global cultural and artistic hub. In particular, we’ll learn about Baron Haussman, the Opera Garnier, and the Grands Boulevards. Our virtual field trip (45 minutes) will feature the Orsay, Orangerie, and Rodin museums. We’ll see some of the most significant masterpieces in these museums followed by a virtual walk in Montmartre — the hill and neighborhood which exemplifies artistic Paris. Our open discussion with questions and answers (45 minutes) will address modernity in art and architecture.

DAY
5
The Seine River, Monuments, Louvre
From the comfort of your own home

Activity note: Today's session will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. ET. The day before each session, the instructor will send you a handout by email that will accompany the lecture. He will also recommend any extra reading or background research that could complement the day's themes.

Afternoon: Our lecture (30 minutes) will explain the city’s architectural and artistic development during the Belle Epoque, with the large urban projects of the Universal Expositions of 1889 and 1900. It will also explore how Paris became the center of the avant-garde, a place of innovation in the arts. We will learn what occurred afterwards with a look at key events that marked the city in the 20th century. Many of these ideas and conflicts still echo today and inform the city’s recent challenges, such as migration, terrorist attacks, and the Yellow Vest protests. Today’s virtual field trip (45 minutes) will include the Grand and Petit Palais and the Alexandre III Bridge. We will also learn about the masterpieces of the Centre Pompidou, as well as the Musée National Picasso-Paris, dedicated to one of the 20th century’s most important modern artists. Our open discussion with questions and answers (45 minutes) will discuss whether Paris is still a global capital of the arts and explore future developments in the city, including its relationship with the river. This concludes our program.






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