May 16, 2012
|Rising senior forward Tiffany Clarke is spending the month of May studying abroad in Paris. While overseas, Clarke will periodically keep Commodore fans updated with her experiences on VUCommodores.com.|
Bonjour de Paris! -
Today was another packed and eventful day in the City of Lights. Filled with numerous places to explore, we went to the Musee du Quai Branly (African Art Museum). Prior to our departure, we met our Professor outside the Musée de l'Homme (the Museum of Man). The Museum of Man has the largest French collection on the definition, history and life of man. It is filled with galleries of Anthropology, Ethnology and Prehistory of Man. This is the museum that held the remains of one of the most famous Hottentot Venus - Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman. Sarah Baartman was an African woman who was studied by Europeans in order to find differences between races and genders.
Another reason we met at this location was because the museum hosted an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower on the outside. Here we took advantage and captured countless pictures. It is such a beautiful sight; it was breathtaking. Outside the museum there were also street shows taking place. We took the time to observe one. Four French gentlemen were putting on a hip hop show in front of the museum. They had music, props, costumes, the whole nine yards. They danced a choreographed piece for about five minutes. They were so good! It was awesome, entertaining and it made us want to get up and dance with them (...but we didn't haha).
After the show, we finally made our way to the next museum. This museum was beautiful! Not only was it an African Art museum, but it hosted art history from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas' Non-Western Civilizations. The museum brings together collections from the Museum of Man and the National Museum of the Arts of Africa and Oceania. Of approximately 300,000 pieces to choose from, the Musée du Quai Branly presents 3,500 objects. There is a lot of history stored here, and I enjoyed all the pieces I saw.
When our museum trip was over, we all grabbed lunch at the Latin Quarters. I was in heaven! Here there were streets and alleyways filled with a variety of food places to choose from. There were Italian Restaurants, Gyro restaurants, American Restaurants (hamburgers and fries!), French restaurants, gelato stores; this place had everything! I did not know where to go or where to begin. I settled on a gyro joint and it was amazing. I had never had a gyro before, but believe I will be having one again. It was great for a lack of a better word.