During IAP 2014, eight MIT students were invited to explore the many sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Paris, under the guidance of Professor Sabine Levet.
The program combined lectures, workshops and visits, and took the students from the studio of fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, to the silk weavers Tassinari et Chatel, to photography studio Harcourt, to a cooking lesson, a perfume making class, small open air marchés, as well as guided tours of Versailles, the musée d’Orsay, le Louvre, Palais de Justice, Sainte Chapelle, and Opéra Garnier. We had couscous at La mosquée de Paris, sorbet at Berthillon, aligot at Ambassade d’Auvergne, blanquette de veau at Rendez-vous des camionneurs, petit salé aux lentilles at Chez Camille, and café and croissant very early one morning at Maison Blanche near Gare de l’Est.
We kept a daily BLOG during our two weeks in Paris.
The group stayed at FIAP-Jean Monnet, in the 14th arrondissement, near Place Denfert-Rochereau, on the Left Bank. FIAP is both a youth hostel and conference center with the mission of promoting “all initiatives contributing to the creation of a global citizenship.”