Chicago reflects on Paris


Melanie Morales ’11 (Paris CIV in English, Autumn 2009) recommends Musée de la Vie Romantique, a small museum in Montmartre, “peacefully tucked away within the city.”  Browse the art collection while Chopin plays in the background, then step outside into the tea house garden.

Sukriti Sukriti ’11 (Paris CIV in French, Autumn 2009) recommends exploring these other favorite city spots:

  • Gibert Jeune (Metro: St. Michel): “This interesting and reasonably priced five-story bookstore offers a delightful escapade for lovers of stationary, comics and French literature.”
  • Tea at La Grande Mosquée de Paris (Metro: Paris Austerlitz): “For two euro, one can sip great tea in this beautiful mosque,” the largest in Paris and the second largest in Europe. 
  • When you are ready to reflect on the day’s adventures, take in the view of Paris from the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe, located in the 5ème arrondissement.

Andrew Wells-Qu '11 (Paris CIV in English, Autumn 2009) recommends a visit to Versailles and its labyrinthine gardens, noting, “No one should leave Paris without seeing Versailles on a rainy day.”  Read Andrew’s reflection here

Natalie Doss ’10 (Intermediate French Language, 2008) recommends the following New York Times article for discovering the “Hidden Gardens of Paris.”

La Vallée des Singes (The Valley of the Monkeys)
Each autumn, the Primates and Human Evolution program visits La Vallée des Singes (Valley of the Monkeys) to observe its 30 primate species en liberté. La Vallée is located in Romagne near Poitiers.

Culinary Delights

Sukriti Sukriti ’11 (Paris CIV in French, Autumn 2009) suggests indulging in a cup of chocolat chaud at both Café Français near the Bastille and Café Angelina (especially its famous Chocolat Africain) on rue de Rivoli. Sukriti notes that Café Angelina, though on the pricier side, has historical appeal:  the elegant salon de thé was frequented by both Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel. 

Gourmet Magazine features a good article about restaurants in Paris. Paris: A Remembrance of Things Present
By Alexander Lobrano

The University of Paris- VII (Diderot) recommends the following restaurants for a bite when you’re on the go:

Kayzer Port Tolbiac
77-81 quai Panhard et Levassor

15, rue Olivier Messiaen

Or there is also the "Le Crous" university cafeteria if you prefer to sit down.  The specialties are fish, shish kabob and dessert.

Le Crous
17, rue Hélène Brion
Deux formules sont proposées:
- entrée et plat, ou plat et dessert d’une part
- entrée, plat, dessert d’autre part

Kathleen Chu ‘10 (European Civilization in Paris, 2009) recommends the following food-related blog. Of particular interest is the section on Parisian markets:

Recommended Readings

Study Abroad Chicago recommends the following books to evoke a sense of Paris and to enrich your journey:

  • Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
  • The Flaneur by Edmund White
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
  • Nadja by André Breton
  • Nana by Émile Zola
  • Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
  • A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
  • Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow