le weekend et les jours suivants....
16.02.2008 - 15.02.2008 4 °C
This weekend I took a day trip to the city of Troyes, a beautiful little town in the region of Champagne. Fittingly the town center is in the shape of a bouchon de champagne or champagne cork. It was a nice change from paris, we took the train (which only took around an hour) and arrived in the town. It was pretty cold that day (one of the coldest yet, around 1 or 2 degrees Celsius). We immediately went to find lunch because it was already 2 in the afternoon. We ate at a delicious pizzeria called Giuseppe. The waiter there was hilarious and very nice, i would recommend the restaurant to anyone traveling in that area, its cheap and has a great atmosphere. We then walked around town. The town has recently restored the facades of all the half-timber houses in the region. We visited the Musee d'Art Moderne which was excellent and very large (and the entrance was free if you are a student) They had a special exhibition on fauvist works and the most comfortable couches i have ever sat in. We also stopped by a small apothecary garden in which most of the plants were dead, it being winter. I enjoyed seeing it and reading the plaques. We also visited a church and a cathedral. All of which were very beautiful.
half timber houses at troyes
stained glass windows
On Sunday, my Aunt Servane came to visit in paris. Aunt Servane, my cousin Tiphaine and I went to an awesome Art Exhibition at the Musee de l'Homme. I highly recommend it! The exhibition was a collection of drawings, sketches, mixed media and photographs taken of many different women around the world. It was a very moving and provacative exhibition. All was well laid out, the colors of the photos and the sketches were very complementary.
Then we joined Kate, Maurice and Albane for the Galerie d'Evolution. Albane probably had nightmares for awhile afterwards. The Gallery of Evolution has many preserved animals, elephants, giraffes etc. Its pretty interesting to see I learned the difference between Camel and Dromedary, one hump and two hump. The gallery of evolution is in one of the most beautiful movies ever made up of some of the best photographs i have ever seen in Le Jetee. I highly recommend watching it, I added a link to youtube.
After la galerie d'evolution, we went to get Mint Tea at the mosque. It was delicious and beautiful. Inside the mosque there were birds flying around and it was hot, so i felt like i was in morocco.
Galerie d'evolution (albane and maurice)
phonetic spelling of oahu on an old map of hawaii!
a la mosque
a la mosque
near le musee de l'homme
the exposition we saw. go see it if you can!
a sketch from the exposition
A quick recap of my week:
On monday, I saw the movie Into the Wild with my Aunt Servane, which was very well done.
On tuesday, I went to a comedie/play with Aunt Servane that was called Les Divorcees. It was hilarious (even though i probably only understood half the jokes)
On wed, I also visited l'institute de monde arab. I went to St. Denis for class with Kate I went to a Mediterraneans and Balkan ethno-musicology class
Institute de monde arabe with very cool windows that look like the aperture of a camera.
On thursday I went to COGE, the choir that practices at ENST, a telecommunications school. We are singing a Bruckner Mass. Elodie (a friend from hawaii) and Patrick (from the brown program) are both singing in the choir as well.
On friday night Cassie visited and the three of us cooked a delicious dinner and saw an amazing movie called Paris by Cedric Klappisch. All of his movies are excellent (auberge espagnole). It was a very good movie and i highly recommend it.
Kate and I have been planning some of our trips. In the first week of March we are going to Avignon, Marseilles and Nice (if you know anyone we can stay with..... that would be awesome, please email me!) The second weekend I am going to Scotland to visit Kelli in Glascow and we are also going to Edinburgh) Spring break hasn't been entirely planned yet, but we are hoping to travel around italy, spain and Morocco. (Basically I really really want to go to morocco, that would be amazing)