A Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France

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A Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France. Welcome. Trip Glossary. Trip Objectives. France. Travel Journal. Bienvenue /Welcome Travelers! This Virtual Field Trip will provide you with access to the resources needed to complete the collaborative Art - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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A Virtual Field Trip toParis, FranceTravel Journal

FranceTrip Objectives


Trip Glossary


Describe the political history of France listing the countries leaders from the earliest government to today

Explain what caused the French Revolution to occur.

List the names of the 26 Regions under the current French Government

Explain the history behind the construction of what is now called the Louvre.

Explain the history of the Orsay Museum.

Explain the history of Notre Dame CathedralTrip ObjectivesDescribe the effects of the German occupation of World War II on the city of ParisDescribe the role of the French Government in the leadership of the European Union

Explain the history of the Eiffel Tower and its connection to the United States.

Explain the history behind the construction of what is now called the Louvre.


Some facts about Paris France

Paris is the capital of the Republic of France, a country steeped in rich agricultural and technological traditions. It is also a Mecca for artists, poets and anyone seeking a culture of free expression and creativity. Prior to the French revolution (1789-1994), the governmental structure of France was that of a monarchy. Since the revolution and as a result of the establishment of the French constitution of 1958, the government of France has transitioned to what is now a nation-state with a freely elected president (Nicolas SarKozy) and parliament. Today, France is an integral player in what is now the European Union and continues, under the current leadership of President Sarkozy, to stress the importance of the EU. (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3842.htm#travel)

Paris has long been the scene of artistic, musical and cultural creativity. It is also the gathering place for people from all over the globe. You need only to walk the streets or enter a downtown shop in Paris to hear and see the multitude of languages and cultures that make Paris the gathering place of the world it is today.

7This transformation into a place of exhibition continued under the reign of Kings Louis XIII, XIV and completed under Louis XV. After the revolution, the Louvre entered a time of intense transformation until King Charles X opened additional rooms and exhibition halls during the mid to late 19th Century. With the demolition of the Tuileries in 1882, the Louvre ceased to serve as a place of government and was transformed into a place of art and culture.

Photographs and information courtesy of http://www.louvre.fr/llv/musee/histoire_louvre.jsp?bmLocale=en

Image of King Louis XV of France courtesy of http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/349082/Louis-XV


Please click the hyperlink above to access information about the Eiffel Tower.


La Tour Eiffel/The Eiffel Tower

8The Orsay Museum, located on the banks of the river Seine, was originally built as the Orsay Railway Station. A showplace station built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the station was converted into a museum after a major construction project was initiated in 1978. On December 1, 1986, President Francois Mitterrand officially dedicated the new museum.

Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orsay_Museum

17Designed by famed French engineer Gustav Eiffel, this masterpiece of engineering was constructed as a temporary focal point for the World Exhibition of 1889. Because the overwhelming response of not only the exhibition attendees but the French citizens themselves, the decision was made to keep the tower and it became one of the most memorable landmarks of the city of Paris.

Photograph courtesy of the Eiffel Tower Website:http://www.tour-eiffel.com/everything-about-the-tower/gustave-eiffel


Facts about France:Population- 64,768,389Median Age-39.7 YearsLanguage-French (national language), many others spokenReligions-Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish are the predominant religionsSchools/Education-Free public with private religious (mostly catholic) alternativeCareers/Employment:agriculture: 3.8%industry: 24.3%services: 71.8% (2005) (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/fr.html)


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Bienvenue/Welcome Travelers!

This Virtual Field Trip will provide you with access to the resources needed to complete the collaborative Artand French Assignment outlined in the Assignment description.



Virtual Field Trip Glossary(Architectural)Landmark-A structure that has significant historical, architectural, or cultural meaning and that has been given legal protection from alteration and destruction.(http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/landmark)(Artistic) Masterpiece-a work done with extraordinary skill; a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masterpiece)(Cultural/Religious)Traditions-Tradition is a constant process across time and in time, linking past with present, thus ensuring continuity. It is also dynamic and ever-changing as culture and societal needs alter. On of the elusive but preserving cultural bases which bind people to one another, it unites individuals and refutes the isolation and insularity man as a social being fears.(Mary Ellen Brown, Burns and Tradition (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1984, p. xii)Repousse-method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article by means of hammers and punches.Faade-the front of a building; any face of a building given special architectural treatment.

(http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/498439/repousse)(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facade)3(Mary Ellen Brown, Burns and Tradition (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1984, p. xii)