Virginia, Paris

Virginia is a junior majoring in art history in Meadows School of the Arts, with a minor in French in Dedman College. During spring 2012, she is studying in Paris with SMU Abroad and the IES Business and International Affairs Program. She looks forward to living like a “local” and seeing all the incredible art Paris has to offer.

Au Revoir, Paris

Bonjour tout le monde! I write this blog post on a little bit of a sad note as it is my last post about Paris and my time abroad. I cannot believe how fast time has flown by; it feels like I just got off the plane at Charles De Gaulle Airport last week! I started this blog with photos of my birthday at the Eiffel Tower, and now it only seems right to end it with a photo of the Eiffel Tower on a beautiful spring day. Since my last post about Giverny, I have been all over France. I've visited Nice, Cannes, Monaco (all in the South of France); Epernay and Avize in Champagne, and just recently to [...]

2012-05-01T17:47:50+00:00 May 1st, 2012|Virginia, Paris|

Where Monet painted

Salut tout le monde! Back again with a new post on my trip to Giverny with my sister, who came to visit me here in Paris last week. Giverny is a tiny little town out in the country about 45 minutes outside Paris, by train. It is here where Claude Monet resided for so many years and painted his famous water lily paintings featured in the L'Orangerie museum in Paris and his other famous Impressionist paintings of Japanese bridges and his gardens. This garden was mind-blowing. The flowers, trees, and ponds brought you back to another time and place - back to Monet's world. I felt as if I were walking in one of his paintings. I couldn't [...]

2012-04-12T15:21:08+00:00 April 12th, 2012|Virginia, Paris|

Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-Vicomte

Bonjour mes amis! On March 30th, I went on my last field trip with IES to Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte. I can’t believe that this trip has come and gone. Back at orientation (which in itself feels like years ago) I felt like this trip would never come because we’d have so many things to do in between. Now time really is flying!  I loved both castles and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Fontainebleau is situated south of Paris and only a 45-minute bus ride away. Before Versailles, Fontainebleau was the main castle for all French royalty, and even after Louis XIV, Fontainebleau still remained part of the Empire as Napoleon dearly loved it. In the 16th century, Francois I invited [...]

2012-04-10T22:02:46+00:00 April 10th, 2012|Virginia, Paris|

Visiting Normandy

Salut tout le monde! On March 16 and 17, I went to Normandy with my program, IES. We visited Caen and Arromanches to view the D-Day museums, the beaches and the American Cemetery in Colleville. Normandy is in the western part of France on the Atlantic coast. IES  took all of us students to our first stop at the Peace Memorial in Caen to view the Holocaust and WWII museum. It is incredible to see how much France is still very affected by this war. This museum took us through the beginnings of the war and the takeover of France, and ended with the beginning of the Cold War. I really liked learning about WWII from Europe’s point of view [...]

2012-03-28T20:43:27+00:00 March 28th, 2012|Virginia, Paris|

Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain!

Hello, everyone! Since my last post I have traveled to three countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. For winter break my friends and I decided to travel up north and visit Brussels, Gent, Bruge, and Amsterdam. The food in Brussels was just incredible; Belgians are known for their mussels, fries, waffles, and chocolate. It was food paradise in my opinion. We saw the Mannequin Pis, which is a tiny fountain of a little boy "peeing" the water. It's funny because even though this is a small statue, it is the top site visited in Brussels and seen everywhere in the souvenir shops. We went to Gent for the day and visited the "Mystic Lamb" altarpiece by Van Eyck, [...]

2012-03-16T15:16:08+00:00 March 16th, 2012|Virginia, Paris|

Loving Paris

Virginia is a junior majoring in art history in Meadows School of the Arts, with a minor in French in Dedman College. During spring 2012, she is studying in Paris with SMU Abroad and the IES Business and International Affairs Program. She looks forward to living like a "local" and seeing all the incredible art Paris has to offer.

2012-02-15T23:24:13+00:00 February 15th, 2012|Virginia, Paris|