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Re: artsednet digest: June 27, 2004


Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 06:44:47 PDT

In a message dated 6/28/2004 3:01:47 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
Hello fellow art teachers:
    I will be traveling to France and Italy in a few weeks with several =
students and adults. While in Paris we can visit the Louvre and/or Musee =
d'Orsay museums. Our schedule is tight and we might only have time for =
one of these. I've been to the Louvre but not the d"Orsay. Anyone out =
there who has a favorite?
    Also planned is an afternnoon spent at Montmatre and the little =
shops around it. I'd also like to take my little group to a cafe for =
lunch...Any suggestions?
    And.......with any group that includes older teenagers...we have to =
include a little shopping. We've been the the legendary, "Galleries =
Lafayette" on previous trips. What about the St. Germain-des-Pres =
boulevard? Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!
Ooh, do I envy you! We were lucky enough to take our own children to Paris
last summer for our 25th anniversary, so we have some experience keeping
teenagers and college-aged kids happy while travelling with adults. The d'Orsay is a
wonderful museum, filled with Impressionism treasures and much smaller than
the Louvre. There's a cafe with a balcony (don't think there are any tables on
the balcony) that overlooks the city. We did breakfast there, but they also
serve lunch and prices are supposed to be more reasonable than their restaurant.
Admission is free to students and teachers (with some sort of ID) and there is
a particular entrance for school groups as well as designated entrances for
those with prepaid tickets. They ask that you prearrange any group visits with
them. See their website for this info. The problem with the freebie admission
is the wait in line that can occur. The way to avoid this is to get a Passe
Musee (Museum Pass) which you purchase for a specific number of days and can use
at any number of attractions in Paris. The advantage to spending the money is
that you do not have to wait in lines and when time is of the essence, it's
definitely worth it. The d'Orsay is closed on Mon. Many museums offer free or
reduced admission to teachers and students, so always ask. It isn't always
posted or advertised.
Beware of cafes and shops on Montmartre. The area is definitely worth a
visit, but hucksters abound and are really irritating. We had the worst meal during
our trip there. Check out suggestions in travel books such as Cheap Eats in
Paris or The Lonely Planet. There are many neat little places to walk to such
as former studios of Picasso, Van Gogh, Lautrec and what's left of the Mouliln
de la Galette, made famous by Renoir and many other French artists.
There are lots of fun, neat little shops in St. Germain des Pres that the
kids will enjoy as well as many charming cafes. They post menus outside, so just
walk and find someplace that has things the kids will eat! Our own kids loved
getting crepes and sandwiches made on baguettes at corner creperies all over
the city.
We've visited Paris twice recently, so if you need more info,email me
directly and I'll be happy to share!
Bon voyage and Bonne Chance!