..…” a dream come true”
Our AMAZING trip to Paris started with a visit to Monet’s spectacular garden at Giverny. We were all stunned by the amazing range of colours in the garden . It certainly has the WOW factor with flowers graded from yellow through orange red and purple . Everyone took lots of photographs some ‘up close and personal ‘like the abstract images of Imogene Cunningham and some colour field photographs with the frame filled with just brilliant colour.
Monet’s house is a revelation with each room painted a different colour . The yellow kitchen is just splendid . There is a definite yellow glow that fills the room. The water lily pond did not disappoint with amazing reflections and just enough time for students to capture some of the experience themselves with a few water colours and pen drawing. This was an amazing experience , so different from home and a really wonderful way to start out trip to France. Our next stop was to unload at our hotel ….
The best western was quite smart and very friendly and then supper at McDonald’s.. students coped admirably well and Leeroy even managed to say ‘ du sel, s’il vous plait! ‘…. we tried a bit of light drawing… photography on the way back to our hotel …. now ready for some sleep! Zzzzz
Why did the chicken cross the channel….? Clearly, to go up the Eiffel Tower! On our second day we arrived in Paris ready for our visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower…. there was a fair bit of security… but really worth it ..we went to the very top and everyone was stunned by the views…. even Miss Smith who really doesn’t like heights made it and loved it! .. and so did ‘Chicken’ who had his photo taken …..at the top! This was a truly memorable experience and for many the best thing they did in Paris!
“I enjoyed admiring the views from the Eiffel Tower as well as getting up close to Notre dame cathedral. As I have wanted to do so for a long time”.” Thank you for the trip . I enjoyed the Eiffel Tower”. ” I enjoyed visiting the Eiffel Tower !”
At the bottom of the tower we made a postcard in the style of Robert Delaunay …. using colour to define the power of the Eiffel Tower. Photography students also took this opportunity to snap the centre of the Eiffel Tower upwards. It was a brilliant way to see the architecture from here.
We then made our way along the Seine…. crossing over to visit the Orangerie… to see the life size paintings that Monet had made of his water lit garden . These are so atmospheric. They look abstract… by we all knew that they are incredibly realistic … Monet just painted what he saw. The amazing thing is the size of the paintings and their surface and above all the colour. Monet has managed to capture the effects of light and shadow on water with delicate colour changes and brave broad brush marks . This was ideal for the students to see these paintings after seeing the real gardens the day previous.
Our stop after lunch was to visit the Grand boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette.. with its spectacular ceiling and view from the roof… which was lovely as the sunset over the city. It was then time for a bit of shopping … SEPHORA Paris was a very popular venue!
Then onto the HARD ROCK CAFE for supper… amongst the pop memorabilia…we ate our burgers … cheese… avec bacon… et veggie! Nom nom….nom…. …
…what did you love…? “Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and to the HARD ROCK Cafe!”
We made our way back to the coach via the Pompidou centre and the very impressive town hall of Paris … hotel de Ville on then on to bed…zzzzzzz!
Our last day in Paris started with a visit to a French cafe Nad we would have looked at some photography in the Pompidou centre …only to find that the Gallery staff were on STRIKE! We have to thank Lucia for the translation that was in Spanish..explaining the closure!
Undaunted we all became Cartier Bresson and Robert Doisneau and spent some time being street photographers as we made our way across the ‘Point des Arts’ to Notre Dame…there was a photo shoot going on at the flower market. ..so of course, we all joined in ! The bird market as a real joy and many, many photographs were taken there! … Leeroy again showing off his language skills asking politely if he could take photographs !
The spot the dog photographs are fantastic… on Sunday lots of Parisians were out for a promenade with their pooches.. so we snapped their photos!!
The Notre Dame Cathedral is really beautiful with its amazing carvings…the stone masons obviously had a sense of humour with naked bums on show in the doorway of heaven and hell!
…. we were able to post our cards just before another shopping venture ..
everyone had enough money for a last minute ice cream before we said abientot to Paris!
This is was a really memorable trip.. full of laugher and fun.
“I really liked the trip because I travelled to places I have never visited before. I made new friends .., and learned about Art.”
” I loved it!”