Tuesday started with class, as nearly all will from now on so I’m going to stop saying that.

Contemporary France was interesting. Before we got into the discussion on our reading, the professors opened the floor for questions and soneone asked why French women are so mean to their children. She explained that in France kids are seen as people and are treated as such. No one is going to hold their hand and shield them from the world. They learn early here that life can be tough. I’m pretty gladd I was raised in the States!

Between the classes we all just chilled and used the school computers while the others had their class. When they out we all decided to head to the university cafeteria we tried to go to on Sunday. we took the RER and didn’t have any problems, unless you count Andres skipping out to go to the Roland Garros (again!)! It was just like being back at a school cafeteria, a lot of food for really cheap!

Impressionism was good, we started with a recap of what we could remember and got through Realism. Next is the transition to actual Impressionism and I can’t wait!

After class Katie had a meeting with the housing coordinator (we all have one at some point) so we had about an hour to kill before she’d be good to go. I decided to walk down to the art supply store I’d seen before to get a sketch pad and some pastels. Now I can’t wait to go back to Parc Monceau!

When Katie’s meeting was over, she, Jaclyn, Harrison and I went to the Luxembourg Gardens. they were (what else?) very pretty. There was another pond/fountain but this one had ducks! Katie was going to pet on but some little kids beat her to it and scared the ducks away.

The pond/fountain at Les Jardins de Luxembourg

The pond/fountain at Les Jardins de Luxembourg

Les petits canards, or the little ducks

Les petits canards, or the little ducks

Just as we were walking around thinging “gee this place would be great for a picnic lunch,” we saw a couple full-on making out. We’ve learned the French don’t have a problem with PDAs but this was ridiculous! It was very PG-13 boarding on R, no one needs to see that in a garden unless it’s in the artwork.

Speaking of the artwork, this chick had my (French) name!

Speaking of the artwork, this chick had my (French) name!

See?! I wouldn't lie to you!

See?! I wouldn't lie to you!

In the Gardens there was also a giant sculpture of a head. Pictures with him were fun, Jaclyn even tried to pick his nose! Right next to the statue we saw a fashion shoot going on and I think it was for Elle Magazine–it was pretty cool.

Giant head sculpture. This guy would need one big Q-Tip!

Giant head sculpture. This guy would need one big Q-Tip!

I think this was a fashion shoot for Elle Magazine.

I think this was a fashion shoot for Elle Magazine.

When we’d satiated our picture need we sat down on some benches/chairs and did our homework. I didn’t have much so while the others finished I busted out my new pad and pastels and starting working on a couple with a baby in a bright orange stroller. It’s been a long time since I’ve used the medium and I am horribly out of practice. It’s going to be a while before I have anything worth keeping/sharing but it was great to be doing it again!

Next on the agenda was dinner. We wandered around looking but couldn’t find anything cheap enough. Suddenly we walked around a corner and realized why–Notre Dame was right there! We’d stumbled in to a tourist trap. Because we were starving (it was nearly 8:30) we pushed through the crowded allies ignoring the cries of the maitre’ds and finally settled on a Greek place. I’d never had Greek before and it wasn’t too bad. Afterwards we got gelatto to satisfy Harrison’s sweet tooth (that’s become the excuse of choice for dessert) and I swear it was heaven in a cup! We all got to have several flavors so we all shared and it was like tasting many different Nirvanas! My caramel cream was the best though.

Because we were in the neighborhod we thought we should take a few pictuers of Notre Dame before leaving. It was pretty and the gargoyles are awesome! I think us girls are going to try to go to Mass there sometime before we all head home. Some of the sculptures we knew, some we thought we knew (like the man holding his head that we thought was John the Baptist but is really St. Dennis) but most we couldn’t figure out. I’m pretty sure that means that Katie the Catholic is going to hell (just kidding!)

In case you couldn't figure it out, this is Notre Dame. Pretty neat huh?

In case you couldn't figure it out, this is Notre Dame. Pretty neat huh?

The gargoyles. I know I would be scared of these guys if I were an evil spirit...or a bird.

The gargoyles. I know I would be scared of these guys if I were an evil spirit...or a bird.

We thought this was John the Baptist but we thought wrong, it's St. Dennis. Our bad.

We thought this was John the Baptist but we thought wrong, it's St. Dennis. Our bad.

Pictures were taken and a good time was had by all! Then to home we went.

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