Students visited one of the largest mosques in France in order to explore a religion and culture with increasing influence in modern French society. Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and operated by the French government, this mosque reflects an important feature of life in Paris.
Our students embarked on a tour of local bakery Chez Julien to see the inner workings of a real french boulangerie. Head chef Christophe proudly explained his craft and allowed the students to participate in some of the day-to-day tasks. They were able to cut the baguettes before putting them in the oven, and at the end were allowed to taste a freshly cooked “tradition.”
Students experienced a more modern side of the French artistic tradition at the Palais de Tokyo. Featuring a new exhibition entitled “Nouvelles Vagues,” the Palais de Tokyo offers fun and interactive art, providing the students a different perspective on the Parisian art world. As an added bonus, on our way we had a great view of the Eiffel Tower!
Paris à travers les âges is one of our popular french immersion courses here at l’Académie de Paris. The teacher Marie, has shown students via trips around the city, how Paris has changed throughout history. Check out the photos of Marie’s class touring Paris!
On Wednesday, our students took a coach to the Château de Versailles, the residence of the Kings of France from 1682 to 1789 . Located 20km south-west of the centre of Paris, the palace is now a national museum of the French monarchy. Students took a guided tour of the palace’s ornately decorated classical interior before being free to explore its 19 000 acres of beautiful gardens.
Yesterday afternoon we had a visit from an admissions officer from the American University of Paris. Students learned about the opportunities available for undergraduate education and study abroad in France. While not all of our students are about to enter their senior year of high school, it’s never too early to learn about the opportunities available.
When Napoleon III commissioned Baron Haussmann to redesign Paris in the late nineteenth century, the city was largely transformed into the wide, airy boulevards and elaborately ornamented buildings we know today. One neighborhood, however, escaped untouched from Haussmann’s renovations, and now the Marais is an oasis of Medieval and Renaissance style in the midst of a modern city. Its narrow winding streets and quaint squares are now home to many diverse groups, including a large Jewish population – and, consequently, the most famous falafel restaurant in Paris! Our students visited the sun-soaked Place des Vosges – once the home of Victor Hugo – and enjoyed the unique atmosphere of the neighborhood before indulging in a delicious treat from l’As du Falafel.