Our last week in Paris – horses!

We started early in the morning, rode a nice bus 3 1/2 hours north of Paris into Normandy…to get to horse country. Haras du Pin is a famous equine/equestrian facility, dating back to the French kings in the 17th century. We toured the stables, saw the school, and probably made the horses wonder why we…

Day 11: Montmartre and other media

The hike is real! Your Fitbit is not lying when it says you did 43 flights of stairs by noon to get to the top of Paris’ biggest hill, Montmartre. We did a walking tour from the bottom to the top, wandering through the back ways and small parks learning about Paris’ famous enclave of…

Day 10: Media and the wandering life…

Today was media day! First we heard from one of the best sports journalists in the US, Chuck Culpepper from the Washington Post. He’s in Paris working on a huge feature package for the paper, and he told us about his life, writing process, and why it is important to be a citizen of the…

Day 9: Walking and talking

A perfect day of weather for a long walk! We went with our cultural guide, Mirek, and saw the sights of Napoleon’s Paris. We took in architecture, fountains, courts and his final resting place – 3 hours to see it all on foot! We then went back to our class space and met with two-time…

Day 8: The New York Times

Thanks to the generous Sam Borden and Daphne Angles of the New York Times Paris bureau for hosting us today. We discussed the journalism business, Sam’s path in his career, and the differences between American media/fans and here in Europe. And then we went a bit touristy. Why not?

Le Week-End!

OK, so we have learned that the French officially do not like non-French words in their language…but yet, they still call things by other words – like le Week-end. Go figure. Have a safe weekend! We will be back at it Monday, at the New York Times bureau in Paris!

Day 4: Eurosport

We took class on the road again, this time, to the broadcast home of one of the world’s largest sports networks – Eurosport. We were very lucky to receive such a warm and generous welcome, from the croissants to their time and wisdom. We learned/discussed rights acquisitions for sports/events/leagues; their immense broadcast operations to 99…

Day 3: heart of Paris and tennis!

Another great day – this time…no rain! We started with a morning walking tour of the heart of Paris, learning about the city’s earliest buildings and seeing Notre Dame. Then, some of the class went to go see some tennis at Roland Garros with Prof. Gerstner, meet ESPN reporter Greg Garber, and check out the…

Day 2: Classes Begin!

Our first day of class in Paris. We started with a great discussion of journalism, being at MSU, the world, with MSU JRN alumna/Indy Star columnist Suzette Hackney. She is a great mentor for MSU students, and the class had a ton of questions! We then had our welcome lunch at French bistro – and…

The Study Abroad is on!

All students have arrived in Paris, and were welcomed by Prof. Gerstner and Adrien from ACCENT at CDG. We’re settling into the apartments, and getting ready to start learning about sports journalism and European culture tomorrow. (And rain, rain go AWAY!)

20 hidden gems in Paris

Fresh off the web from Fodor’s…the places they think are hidden gems in Paris…check them out and see if you want to add them to your list of things to do!