Bonjour and hello! It’s ya main man Sam Hines (I also go by Spain now), reporting live from Paris, France. What to say, what to say. Well, I’ve been here for a couple of months, and it seems like it’s only been one! First off, I should mention that I had no idea I was going to be studying abroad until about a month and a half or so before the end of the fall semester. So, all of this was basically unplanned, which I feel has only added to the experience. I’ve gone into this study abroad knowing only one other person who just happened to be in gospel choir with me (her name’s Sarah). Now here I am, studying industrial design in Paris! I am so thankful for this opportunity and all of the sub-opportunities that have been presented because of it.
This is my second trip to France, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Thanks to studying in Paris, I’ve been able to get a pass to the Louvre so that I can go whenever I want, for free. My arts student pass allows me to get into almost any art museum for free (or nearly free) as well. With passes like these and famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe right around the corner, there’s never a dull weekend in Paris.
I’ve been to the Louvre at least ten times now, and each time is as great as the first one. The Louvre is my favorite museum to visit because I always love seeing the highly-detailed works there. The sheer mass of the collections is astounding, and it seems like no matter how much time I spend there, it’s never enough. While I have been multiple times, I have yet to see the African Arts exhibit because it always seems to be closed due to a lack of staffing. I wish I had the opportunity to visit more often during the week, but I am always in class from 9 am to 5 or 6 pm every day.
I have had the opportunity to go to an international object fair called Maison et Objet as well as an international fashion exhibition. Some other noteworthy museums are Les Arts Décoratifs and the Centre Pompidou. Both are more contemporary museums that host a wide variety of modern pieces. What I like about Les Arts Décoratifs is that they have furniture from great designers like Charlotte Perriand on display. Being a furniture design major, the more that I get to see, the merrier. Luckily, Paris is just the place for it.