Se changer les idées
We wanted to fill you in on what we’ve been up for the past couple of weeks besides school and studying. In Paris there is no lack of distractions—from the cafes on every street corner (which have outdoor seating even in winter!) to the countless landmarks, museums and neighborhoods that sprinkle the city. We decided to start with the Pantheon since it is located within walking distance to our apartment and we pass by every day on our home way from school.
We also decided to visit one of the houses that Le Corbusier designed, Maison La Roche. It was cool to see such a modern piece of architecture in this abundantly ornate city.
Although we must study French and work on homework for a couple hours each afternoon, we have started to seek out new and exciting places to do so. Yes, Starbuck’s is a possibility (can you believe that they have actually found a place here in the land of cafés?!), but a more unique place that we found is on the top floor of the Centre Pompidou.
Another way that we take a break from our studies is to go for a run. Although we don’t have a picture of Le Jardin du Luxembourg yet, where we do most of our runs, we did have the opportunity to run the Paris Semi-Marathon on Sunday morning. And even though it was a sunny and chilly day here, about 25 degrees with a strong wind, it was a great day for a race through the streets of Paris.
We plan to spend a future post describing the food we’ve been enjoying during our stay. Marc has been sampling many pattisseries in search of the one he can call his favorite…
We wanted to end with a brief explanation of this entry’s title. In class this week, we learned the expression “se changer les idées”. The direct translation is “to change ideas”, but the deeper meaning is used when a person wants to do something to change their focus, to forget the things that have kept them from truly living life and to renew themselves with whatever will inspire them to be a better person. We thought this expression fit perfectly not only with this entry, but also with the reason that we started this crazy adventure in the first place. We run, explore, taste, see, experience, learn and change—all in hopes of making the most of each day we have in this crazy life.