|Erin playing the part of royalty at the Louvre Palace|
(Photo courtesy: Kyubo Yun)
Tell us a little bit about yourself—school, background, major, reasons for taking this trip, anything else interesting you want to share.
|The group enjoying the view of the Eiffel tower from the|
Architecture Museum after the visit to L'Orangerie.
(photo courtesy: Kyubo Yun)
What has met or exceeded your expectations or surprised you about Paris so far?
I have been to Paris before so things didn’t really surprise me. I was delighted to find that I hadn’t forgotten all my French and that the city was just as beautiful as I remembered. However, I’m not used to travelling in a group and am learning how to deal with the benefits and tribulations of being with so many others. It’s impossible to blend in with the locals when you’re with a group of 25 art students with Nikon cameras hanging from their necks. And it’s impossible to get anywhere on time or to make quick decisions but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. It’s truly wonderful to be able to travel and experience Paris with so many like-minded people. I love the discussions and collaboration and I am learning more from them than I could imagine.
|Erin and others perform a spontaneous tableau vivant in front of|
David's Oath of the Horatii (photo courtesy: Kyubo Yun)
|Marie Bashkirtseff, The Meeting (1884)|
Today’s activity was at the L’Orangerie and Architecture Museum. What were your impressions? What will be your take away of the experience? Any memorable moments?
Going into the L’Orangerie I had relatively low expectations. Monet was never one of my favourite artists despite his incredible skill with paint. To my surprise I found the Nympheas captivating and was drawn into the world he created of colour and sky in water. My one complaint was the music that was playing in the background – I think it was a Debussy symphony. The music clashed strangely with the paintings and I felt the chosen piece to be overly dramatic for Monet’s peaceful style. My discussions with other students about the works tended to be overwhelmingly about the music and less about the works themselves which was unfortunate because the pieces could have generated more positive discussion had the ambience music not provided a distraction.
|Monet's famous water lilies (Nympheas) are arranged in panels at the L'Orangerie. Photos are forbidden,|
so these are images taken from Wikipedia free domain.