Here we are! Piette 2015

Welcome to the Piette Program 2015 edition! On this blog, student and faculty participants will report their experiences, discoveries, and questions. They will update you on their research projects and they will post documents. Feel free to comment and interact with us as we pursue our 17-day journey back in time, as part of the Learning in the World initiative at Phillips Academy Andover.

To see who is on the trip this year, click on the “Contributors” tab at the top of the page.

Our itinerary will take us from Paris to Normandy, to the Loire Valley, to Sarlat and Les Eyzies, to Mas d’Azil, from 1939 to -30,000…

The program has now entered its most exciting phase: the TRIP! We arrived in Paris three days ago and already so much has happened.

One of the major goals of our expedition is to understand the depth of human history and find our place in it. So we started with a walk at the heart of Paris, right after getting off the plane, to get a sense of the depth of the history of this city that everyone seems to know. We visited the “crypt” at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a small underground place where remnants of former versions of Paris were found. We came close to parts of walls built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, and other parts of walls that belonged to the fortress that was Paris in Medieval times. After that, we visited the Cathedral itself.

Next, we walked around the two islands in the center of Paris where the city was born, l’Île de la cité and l’Île St Louis. As we explored the historical aspects of the place, we experienced its present treasures such as Berthillon ice-cream and the bouquinistes stands.

On day 2 we spent the day at the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.  Catherine Schwab, curator of the Paleolithic collections, hosted us and showed us the galleries as well the amazing Piette room and museum reserves.  Pictures to come!

On day 3 we toured Paris in our chic black private van with our guide Josh.  Then we visited Versailles.  All of this with fantastic weather!

Today is museum day, and our last day in Paris.  We are at the Louvre right now and this afternoon we will see Monet’s water lilies at l’Orangerie or the Musée d’Orsay (split groups).

Tomorrow, on our way to Normandy, we will stop at Monet’s house in Giverny.  Stay tuned!

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