Sunday, January 31, 2010

Walk 11:Lutetia Pulchra Est

I am ashamed. I can’t actually remember when this walk happened – some time in January, I think? I fail.

Whenever it was, big group of us started off at the Musée de Cluny, which was originally home monks and pilgrims in the middle ages. Today it has an amazing collection of medieval items, so we spent about an hour looking inside.

We then went to the Sorbonne, which was exciting for me since I gave my prep class presentation on it.

The main stop of the walk was the Pantheon, which was originally intended to be a church to Sainte Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. During the revolution it was changed into the final resting place for great French people like Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, and Emile Zola.

We then visited Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, a quirky little church with parts dating from the thirteenth, fifteenth, and seventeenth centuries. It was really beautiful, but a worker there kept giving me the dirty eye for accidentally taking a picture with flash.

We finished things up at Philippe Auguste’s wall, which Rebecca loves, and a Roman arena. Amazingly enough, a bunch of French kids were playing soccer inside the arena. I wonder if they understand how amazing it is that they get to live in the midst of all this history.

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