Tell us a little bit about yourself—school, background, major, reasons for taking this trip, anything else interesting you want to share.
My name is Yvonne Littlewood and I am studying Interior Design at the Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I am very passionate about the architectural experiences that I can gain from travelling and trying to experience the world of design. Starting from a traditional art background I learned that my infatuation was not necessarily about the art work but, instead, the design process. After much research and time I discovered my love for architecture. Originally I was planning to take my last upper level elective for my program as an art history class. Already having Dorothy as a professor previously, I was excited to fill my summer with her inspiring and profound lectures. Little did I know this summer is the first Fine Arts Field School from Kwantlen, led by Dorothy and Nancy (Duff) to Paris, for the most beneficial and true experience of the Parisian life style. With little convincing I decided having art history classes inside the Louvre and Osary was the most exciting trip I could ever dreamed of. Though the trip is very expensive, especially for a student, the pros out weighted the cons. As a group you are able to experience more with a sense of safety and comfort. Daily during the evening times you are free to explore as much as you can! Groups disperse and lose themselves to a city with endless character. Like the members of this class, each story is unique to the individual.
|Yvonne (far left) with Tessa, Amanda ans Shannon out and about exploring Paris.|
(photo courtesy: Kyubo Yun)
The first day, for me, was the most surprising; everything was done in such a rush I had no time to take in such a contrast of Paris to my home, Vancouver. Whether it is was the lack of sleep or the couple glasses of French wine, our group gathered in joy and excitement for the future of our trip after unpacking that night. After weeks of compressed classes, endless readings, saving every penny, I was standing side by side with my peers in Paris. I am unashamed to label myself as an over excited nerd for design and architecture so it was no surprise that my favorite museum/attraction was the architecture museum in Paris. Every attraction we have seen so far has been unique and interesting in its own way. Something that I will take back with me from Paris is the idea of leisure. Parisians spend many hours in cafes, meeting up with friends and go out shopping each day of to buy groceries for that night’s dinner. The cafes and bakeries line every street in Paris, which is something I wished we had back at home. Every restaurant is smaller in scale but offers a grander experience with its boutique look. If I could describe the streets compared to home, Gastown is the best description. The people are not as friendly compared to Vancouver in the sense that the metro is virtually silent, however people are always willing to help if you ask. I speak only five words in French but I haven’t had a problem getting through the city because most people can speak some English. Overall a two week trip sounds short but I have so many experiences vastly different from each other that I can’t chose just one as my favorite because they are all equally special and something I can never forget.
|Laughing it up on top of the Arc de Triomphe! From left to right top: Tessa, Yvonne, Shannon, Jessica|
bottom: Kenny, Andres, Charis, Amanda, Wei (photo courtesy: Kyubo Yun)
|Louis Welden Hawkins, The Eiffel Tower (1889)|
Today’s activity ended up allowing for an unscheduled free day. What were your impressions? What will you take away of the experience? What, if any are the memorable moments for you?
|Place des Vosges is an amazing architectural site to visit in Paris.|
(photo courtesy: Dorothy Barenscott)
|Interior shot of one of Yvonne's favourite spots, The Architecture|
Museum of Paris. (photo courtesy: Dorothy Barenscott).