Art and Art History Trip to Paris

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Last weekend, 8-10 March 2013, the L6 Art and Art History students visited Paris for three days of visits to galleries, buildings and monuments.  The trip began with an early start and a snooze on the Eurostar before arriving at our hotel near Republique.  Friday afternoon involved a pilgrimage to the Louvre with the obligatory glimpse of the Mona Lisa over the heads of thousands of people  and a more leisurely look at some of the works being studied at AS Level, including the startling Raft of the Medusa by Gericault.  We also visited Notre Dame and encountered a mass with music and incense which really made the building come alive.

On Saturday the sun shone and we visited Monet’s spectacular Water Lily panels at the Orangerie, painted as a memorial to those who died in the Great War, and the Musee d’Orsay where we enjoyed the work of Manet, Rodin and the Impressionists.  This was followed by a wander around a very busy Montmartre and Sacre Coeur  where we encountered a half marathon race which made crossing the roads rather tricky.  The evening was capped, literally, by a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower and a truly French dinner of steak and crème brulee.

Despite exhaustion, surprisingly cold weather and sore feet, we visited the Arc de Triomphe and the Pompidou Centre on Sunday, along with a little time to buy macaroons on the Champs Elysee.  The trip home involved more snoozing on the train and tucking into those macaroons!

by Mrs Smith, History of Art Teacher