Thursday, April 9, 2009
Today we said good-bye to our families and we left for our hotel in Paris after dropping off the Illinois kids J We took the metro together and then walked around l’île de la Cité where we visited Notre-Dame de Paris. We found some lunch in the Latin Quarter (the Uniersity District). I gorged myself after attemting to appear like a non-stereotypical American in my host family. After a long walk along the Seine, we visited the Musee d’Orsay and a guide told us about the history of impressionistic paintings and the development of painting throughout history, We returned to the hotel and after freshening up, we went out for dinner at Montmarte where we ate a « raclette » (cheese melted on top of potatoes and cold cuts). Then we climbed a mountain worth of stairs to the highest point in Paris and walked around the Sacré Cœur and the artists’neighborhood (la Place du Tertre). It was a beautiful night in Paris.