It was a chilling experience.
Today we did a walk about in the Latin Quarter after visiting Notre Dame. Notre Dame was a treat and a half. When we arrived there was a choral service in progress that was being filmed and recorded. The singers were students of similar age to our students, and obviously they were a practised choir. It was like the sound of angels emanating throughout the cathedral and we spend some time sitting there immersed in the experience.
After Notre Dame, and before the Latin Quarter, there was Berthillon. We asked the students if they wanted to go to the Latin Quarter or go to Berthillon and there was a unanimous decision for the latter. They all screamed for what Berthillon is famous for: ice cream and sorbet. Small portions for a big price, but the small portions are absolutely delicious and worth it. Sugared up we made it to the Latin Quarter in no time marching "lock-step" across Pont des Arts ... After a tour it was time for lunch and shopping. Some students have really stepped up to the plate (sorry) and eaten escargot, steak tartare, and other fine French cuisine. When they order they are so happy to be able to practice their French and have it actually work! It's really cool to witness. What a concept!
After lunch more walking with the Louvre as our destination. Dan Brown's fiction was illuminated as we walked through the highlights tour of Venus, Freedom, and the most famous, La Joconde. Along the way we learned about the history of this once palace and some of the 350, 000 art treasures there. After the tour we walked even more and did some shopping before hopping on the metro to head for dinner. Another fabulous meal and a special cake for Phoebe as we sang Happy Birthday in both of Canada's official languages.
Tomorrow is a travel day, and we arrive late in Rome. I don't think I will be writing tomorrow, but who knows.
Au revoir for now.
P.S. Forgot to mention bubbles. We left the Louvre and we were figuring out how to get to the next stop when suddenly, to my surprise, there appeared a bubble man! It was interesting to see how much entertainment one can have with giant bubbles, especially after a long art history lesson. Of course once 29 students ran across the street to watch him other people stopped to watch too. Whether it was the bubbles or the ninja ballet dancer is anyone's guess. If you don't understand that comment, you will when we return and I share all our pictures with you.