Itinerary & Schedule
October 24-November 4, 2008
Friday Oct. 24 (Day 0)
Leave the States for Paris.
Saturday Oct. 25 (Day 1)
Arrive in Paris, take transportation to Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees, drop off luggage, meet with the group for a short self-guided tour at the grand lady - the Louvre Museum - which is a few walking blocks from our hotel, catch light lunch in the Museum cafes. Learn how to take the metro, either go on a walking tour on Îsle de la Cité or crash in your room for a short nap. Evening prayers as a group, late dinner, do the city if you have the energy.
Sunday Oct. 26 (Day 2)
Breakfast in the hotel, walk to Notre Dame for morning mass, metro to Maubert Mutuality market, picnic at Luxembourg Gardens, visit Musée de Cluny or take metro back to Louvre. Group meeting and evening prayers.
Monday Oct. 27 (Day 3)
Morning prayers, breakfast, metro to Musée Picasso, where we will learn more about how to "read" paintings, then to Montparnasse station to Chartres where we will learn how to "read" a cathedral, home to Paris via rail. Evening prayers and optional activities at night.
Tuesday Oct. 28 (Day 4)
Morning prayers, breakfast, take metro to Musée D'Orsay, practice "seeing," choose a painting that chooses you, free time, dinner with a French family. Evening prayers.
Wednesday Oct. 29 (Day 5)
Morning prayers, breakfast, take vans to Gare de Lyon, travel to Avignon, the exquisite walled city in Provence, settle into hotel Mercure pont d'Avignon, then enjoy lunch together on the square, meet Catherine of Sienna, explore Avignon, shop, take nap and read. Evening prayers.
Thursday Oct. 30 (Day 6)
Morning prayers, breakfast, leisurely morning, take vans at noon to Les Baux de Provence, the ancient fortress city of the Grimaldi family, stop at the winery La Chateau d'Estoublon, take bus to Arles, the city where van Gogh sought to establish his "Studio of the South," dinner at the local restaurant Au Brin de Thym. End the day with evening prayers.
Friday Oct. 31 (Day 7) Avignon Day of Quiet
Morning prayers and group spiritual direction. Grand Silence, lunch on your own, free afternoon to explore papal palace, have tea, walk in old Avignon, have dinner in small restaurants in small groups. Evening prayers.
Saturday Nov. 1 (Day 8)
Morning prayers, breakfast, catch train to Nice, check in to the modern, minimalist hotel Beaurivage, walking tour of Promenade des Anglais, dinner in nearby café district. Evening prayers.
Sunday Nov. 2 (Day 9)
Morning prayers and breakfast on the Mediterranean, walk to church at Église Réformée, lunch on your own, take bus to the Matisse Museum, walk down hill to the Chagall Museum, return to hotel, evening out. Group prayers.
Monday Nov. 3 (Day 10)
Morning prayers and breakfast, buses to the hill top artist community of St.-Paul de Vence, shopping and exploring, visit Chagall's grave, last lunch together at La Ferme de Saint-Paul, optional visit to see 20th century art at Foundation Maeght, or back to St. Paul to finish browsing. Return to Beaurivage, last group meeting, evening prayers, time together.
Tuesday Nov. 4, Travel Day
Breakfast, then take vans to the airport, fly from Nice to Paris, fly from Paris to the States.
One reminder: Schedules planned in the States are always subject to change when we journey in France. In the spirit of pilgrimage, we will attempt to be flexible and open to receive the gifts of the unexpected.