Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 11

Sunday, May 11:

Students were free until 1:00 pm today, and several went to services at Notre Dame. Some took time off to do laundry.  After getting our Metro passes renewed we headed up the hill behind the hotel to the Pantheon/Rue Mouffetard area.  Hemingway's first apartment in Paris when he was learning to write as a twenty-three year old was next to the Place Contrescarpe, at 74 rue Cardinal Lemoine.  James Joyce and George Orwell also lived in this neighborhood at different times in the 1920s, a working-class and much less expensive neighborhood than it is now.  Paul A. is checking out how far Hemingway and his wife Hadley had to walk to get up to the 5th floor (no elevator!). 


Around the corner from Hemingway's apartment is the Arènes de Lutèce, the remnants of the Roman arena in Paris.  Today it's a public park, and everyone is watching Saro play soccer with some French stars of the future.


By Metro to the Marais.........


Where you can still find some of the late medieval architecture that once dominated Paris.....



And a group picture in the gardens of the Hotel de Sully, next to the Place des Vosges.


A late lunch at L'as du Fallafal, a popular middle-eastern lunch spot on the Rue des Rosiers, in the heart of the old Jewish section of the Marais.


After a late lunch of fallafel or schwarma (a veal and vegetable sandwich), some went on the Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum of Paris, which was once a controversial building, but now is an accepted part of Paris's wide range of architectural styles. And there you can admire the whimsical sculptures of Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle in the Stravinsky Fountain next to the Pompidou. 

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