Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Sweet” Things

On Friday afternoon I again joined Sweet Briar librarian Julie Kane and Professor Tony Lilly in an exploration of Oxford; first stop: the covered market. I tried Ben’s cookies at the behest of Professor Cathy Gutierrez and they were amazing. … Continue reading

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Wonderland?

Oxford is a town famous for its many pubs, but this Thursday my friends and I wandered outside the city a bit to visit The Perch. Perhaps most famous for being a haunt of author Lewis Carroll (and supposedly part … Continue reading

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The Louvre

Lastly, we visited the amazing Musée du Louvre. The museum is housed in the Palais du Louvre, which has been a used primarily to display France’s art collections since 1682, when Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household. The Louvre is home … Continue reading

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Arc de Triomphe & Tour de France

No tour of Paris’s famous monuments would be complete without a visit to the Arc de Triomphe. The arch, which can be seen as you walk up Champs-Élysées, was designed in 1806 in commemoration of Napoleon’s Victories abroad. Inspired by the Roman Arch … Continue reading

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Tomb of Napoleon & Musée de l’Armée

The list of places we visited in Paris included the Napoleon I’s tomb (his body was returned to France, posthumously, in 1860 from Saint Helena where he died in exile). The tomb was appropriately impressive both inside and out. This building, … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Possibly my favorite part of the trip was visiting Notre Dame Cathedral. We visited Sunday and got to experience the church during a mass, which set an appropriate mood for our silent exploration. So much of Notre Dame has become … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Gardens & the Pantheon

On our first day in Paris we took the l’Open Tour bus around the city, which allowed us to cover a lot of ground while enabling a closer look at certain places that particularly interested us. A stroll through the Luxembourg … Continue reading

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Weekend in Paris! or ‘Parlez-vous anglais?’

This past weekend marked the halfway point in our program. Summer is flying by, but I’m trying to make the very most of it. Thus, for our four day weekend I planned a trip to Paris with fellow Sweet Briar … Continue reading

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Ashmolean Museum

In addition the the University, Oxford is home to many museums, perhaps the most famous of which is the Ashmolean. Since museums in England are free to the public, my friends and I have been making good use of them as … Continue reading

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Oxford Castle

Last Sunday, Julie Kane (Sweet Briar’s amazing Head of Technical Services at the library) who also happens to be in Oxford this summer, met me for a day out! It was wonderful to see her, and she and I explored … Continue reading

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