My school ran an art trip. Now, I don’t take art A Level, but I do pretend to do their Arts Award scheme. So I was asked if I wanted to go on their trip to Paris.
When I said I’d go, my initial thought was, oh that will be nice, I’ll get my UCAS form in early, and I’ll be able to chill out. I’m applying for veterinary medicine. I completely forgot that they like to send out work experience forms and reference requests out. So I ended up doing some of that, from Paris. Fun.
Anyways, onto the good stuff that happened.
We arrived in Paris on Friday, we went to Sacré-Cœur, which is really pretty, but mobbed by tourists and artists who, if you stand in the street, will draw you, no choice.
For our dinner, we went to Flunch, which I can only describe as chaos. Or school dinner. Either of those fits.
We stayed in a cheap hotel near Gare de L’Est. Some of the spoilt kids with us were really roughing it, being in a hotel less than 5 stars was tough enough, but being in a 2 star hotel really was a big ask for them. (It was fine).
The next day we went on a boat trip along the Seine, which was really nice, and then to the Musée d’Orsay, which was beautiful. We also went to the Picasso Museum, I decided I do not like Picasso’s work, as some of the subject matter just is creepy and disturbing. After this we went to Notre-Dame and sketched there (well, some of us… I did less of the sketching.)
On our third day we visited the Palace of Versailles, which was absolutely beautiful, I was disappointed that we weren’t allowed to have audio guides here because I wanted to know about the history. We also rented bikes and went cycling in the grounds there. After this we visited the Tuileries Gardens and went shopping on the Champs Elysées, where being someone who hates shopping, I was far more focused on this cat on some guys shoulder. That evening we had a photography session by the Eiffel tower.
On our last full day we visited the Monet gardens, which was one of my favourites, I took loads of amazing photos here. After that we went to the Centre Pompidou, which I’d say is probably the French answer to the Tate Modern (except with a few less pieces which are like is that actually counted as art?)
Before going home we visited the Sacré-Cœur again, which was much quieter due to it being 9am, then the Dali Museum, which was just a bit creepy.