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LA BELLE ÉPOQUE IN PARIS
The Birth of the Modern World
September 17 – 24, 2013 (8 nights)
Nineteenth-Century French Short Stories, “Sylvie” by Gérard de Nerval, “The Attack on the Mill” by Emile Zola, and “Miss Pearl” by Guy de Maupassant
After a humiliating military defeat by Bismarck's Germany, a brutal siege, and a bloody uprising, Paris in 1871 was a shambles. Yet out of this demoralized rubble, 19th-century Paris became the centre of European culture. Out of the political and social tumult, ideas collided and a creative dynamism took root, beginning with the Belle Epoque and continuing for a hundred years. From Classicism and Romanticism to Realism, Impressionism and Art Nouveau, all the arts blossomed and flourished. The siren call of Paris also drew many Americans to the La Ville-Lumière.
We will be returning to the Trianon Rive Gauche, a lovely small hotel right next to the Luxembourg Gardens. Bien sur, we will eat and drink in wonderful cafés and restaurants, many retaining their Belle Époque opulent décor.
There will be an optional one day pre-trip extension to travel with our trip leader to Giverny, to the home where Claude Monet, the painter who founded the Impressionist school, lived for 43 years. His house and his garden, the village of Giverny and its surroundings, were his subject matter and they still attract painters, charmed by the unique light of the Seine Valley.
On this trip, we will be guided through La Belle Époque by two extraordinary leaders and Classical Pursuits veterans.
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Trianon Rive Gauche, Paris
Sean Forester is a San Francisco-based painter and art historian with a passion for 19th Century art and literature. From the paintings of the French -- Delacroix to Degas, the paintings and sculpture of Americans in Paris – Cassat to Whistler, and the short stories of Flaubert to de Maupassant, Sean will help us better understand how La Belle Époque gave birth to the modern world as we visit the Louvre, the Musée D’Orsay, the Garnier Opera House, the Rodin Museum, and the Musée de l’Orangerie.
Lisa Pasold is a Canadian writer and journalist who divides her time between Paris and New Orleans. Lisa has designed three custom “show and tell” walks for us that will illuminate the who, what, where and why of this period.
CAD $3995 per person based on double occupancy
Fee includes books, accommodation based on double occupancy, two meals a day, discussions, tours, excursions and admissions.