This week we toured some of the areas of Paris that aren't typically tourist destinations. One of the areas was called Le Marais which is known as the gay, Jewish and fashion district of the city. It was more of a residential area with many fashion shops. Notre Dame was part of the tour and it was so interesting to learn about the importance of the architecture of the building. They created the building so that people who weren't able to read would know the stories in the Bible. Each figure represents a story from the Bible.
The next area that we toured was the area around The Sorbonne and the Pantheon. After going to the Banksy exhibition in Berlin, we were very aware of the stencil art and we saw one on the side of the Sorbonne that actually ended up being a Banksy! It was extremely exciting to see a newly created Banksy piece up close. On this tour to see the Pantheon, we learned about the importance of this building to The Revolution. The people stormed the Pantheon, which used to be a church, and turned it into a burial spot for successful French people. The area that we walked around is known as the intellectual area of town. In the past, it has housed writers and artists such as Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. Currently, the area is in the heart of Paris so it is very expensive which has caused many of the intellectuals and cutting edge artists have moved out to the suburbs but it was interesting to be in the area that has been the center of Parisian cultural enlightenment.