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In the Footsteps of Van Gogh: Amsterdam, Paris, and Provence
Jan 6-9: Days 1-4 (Monday-Thursday) Readings, lectures, films and discussions on the following topics: Introduction to European Art in the 19th Century. A biography of Van Gogh addressing the historical and artistic contexts in which he lived and worked. Basic French for Tourists. Students research for presentations to be delivered on site.
Jan 10: Day 5 (Friday) Departure for Amsterdam from Greenville-Spartanburg.
Depart 15:10 GSP to Atlanta on Delta 1855
Depart 17:35 Atlanta to Amsterdam.
|Jan 11: Day 6 (Saturday) Arrive in Amsterdam 8:15. Drop luggage at Hotel Jolly Carlton. General orientation walking tour of the city with tour of Amstelkring Museum at 11:00. Dinner provided at Di Nissen within walking distance of Jolly Carlton.|
|Jan 12: Day 7 (Sunday) 09:00 A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. Nowhere else in the world can you see so many of Van Gogh's paintings in one place. Here you can follow the development of the artist's work through all its stages and compare it with the work of other 19th-century painters in the collection. 20:00 Dinner provided at Rendezvous, within walking distance of Jolly Carlton.|
Jan 13: Day 8 (Monday) 9:00 Tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with an emphasis on the works of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and other artists Van Gogh admired. Our guide is Mrs. Marianne Witte. Dinner under own arrangement.
Jan 14: Day 9 (Tuesday) 10:00 Excursion through countryside to Otterlo and the Kroller-Muller Museum where many of Van Gogh's sketches and drawings are archived. Our trip will take us through southeastern Netherlands to visit some of the lesser known sites that influenced Van Gogh. Our guide is Ms. Helga de Boer. 18:00 Dinner provided at Van de Valk in Breukelen. Return to Jolly Carlton in Amsterdam.
Jan 15: Day 10 (Wednesday) Free Day in Amsterdam. Plan your time to tour the Rembrandt House and Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Famous for diamonds, you may want to tour de Beers gemcutter shops and the Heinekin Brewery Reception Center or explore Amsterdam via boat on the canals. You may decide to take the train to nearby picturesque cities such as The Hague, Haarlem, and Delft with their significant museums and other cultural sites. Dinner on your own.
| Jan 16: Day 11 (Thursday) 9:00 Transport
to Central Station for 09:56 departure on Thalys TGV (high speed train.)
Arrive in Paris at 14:05 for afternoon orientation bus tour of the city
to include Sainte Chapelle and The Cathedral of Notre Dame, two world famous
examples of Gothic Architecture. Dinner provided at Castiglione, our hotel
for the Paris segment of this trip.
|Jan 17: Day 12 (Friday) 09:00 Begin full day tour of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. See the sites that Van Gogh painted on your free afternoon. Dinner on your own.|
|Jan 18: Day 13 (Saturday) Tour the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. This branch of the Louvre, housed in a spectacular 19th century train station, showcases 19th century art including the works of Van Gogh . Dinner provided at Les Ministeries within walking distance of Castiglione.|
Jan 19: Day 14 (Sunday)
The Louvre! Who can visit Paris and ignore the world's largest museum of art?
Dinner on your own.
Jan 20: Day 15 (Monday) 09:00 Full day excursion to Auvers, a quiet village west of Paris and tour Daubigny's studio and the former Ravoux Inn where Van Gogh's room has been preserved intact. After four months in Auvers under the care of Dr. Gachet,Van Gogh ended his life at age 37 with a gunshot to the stomach. We'll climb a footpath to the tiny cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother Theo are buried. On our return to Paris, we'll pause for two hours of free time in St. Germain-en-Laye where you may decide to tour a monastery with gardens and a chateau. Dinner provided at Castiglione.
| Jan 21: Day 16 (Tuesday) Full Free Day in
Paris. Consider excursions to Chartres Cathedral, The Abbey Church of St.
Denis, Versailles, The Eiffel Tower on the Champs Elysees and many other
thrilling destinations. Choose
your destinations and plan ahead to get maximize your experience. Have
a look at the photogenic destinations
according to Photo.net. 20:30 Dinner provided
at Auberge Landiase.
|Jan 22: Day 17 (Wednesday) 08:00 Depart Hotel Castiglione for Gare de Lyon for 09:34 departure on TGV Train 6173 from Paris to Avignon by bullet train in just 3 hours 20 minutes. Upon arrival in Avignon at 12:20, we'll tour the Papal Palace and city center before busing to Arles which will be our base for the next several days. The Papal Palace in Avignon, while unrelated to the work of Van Gogh, illustrates a much earlier period in the history and architecture of Provence. Dinner provided at Atrium, our hotel for 4 nights.|
Sites particular to Van Gogh's sojourn in Arles:
Other sites for which Arles is famous:
Jan 25: Day 20 (Saturday) A bus trip in Provence to include stops at the Pont du Gard, a picturesque Roman aqueduct, a tour of Nimes and the Roman Arena, and finally at stop in Saintes Maries de la Mer. Return to Arles for overnight. Dinner on your own.
|Jan 26: Day 21 (Sunday) 08:30 Tour the Monastery of St. Paul de Mausole in St. Remy with its crypt and chapel. In this asylum, Van Gogh battled psychotic episodes while continuing his art. We'll walk in the surrounding hills of Les Alpilles with its olive groves to Baux de Provence, where our motor coach awaits. Arrive in Aix-en-Provence in the evening to our hotel Mascotte. Dinner on your own.|
Jan 27: Day 22 (Monday) A day at leisure in Aix-en-Provence. Among the attractions to consider: the studio of Paul Cezanne, a quaint historic center with shopping, and more churches and museums. Enjoy our 20:30 farewell dinner at Bistro Romain on our last night in Aix-en-Provence.
|Jan 28: Day 23 (Tuesday) 09:30 Bus departure to Marseilles for our departure from France on Air France 7665 at 13:20 to Paris. Arrive in Paris-Roissy/CDG Airport at 14:50 and depart at 15:55 on Air France 304 for 19:35 arrival in Atlanta. Depart Atlanta on Delta 254 at 21:50 for arrival at GSP at 22:45.|
|Jan 29-Jan 31: Day 24-26 (Wednesday-Friday) Remainder of Interim term: Morning meetings to review and summarize our experiences. Student will complete papers and journals.|
Our hotels have been selected to place us within easy walking distance of historic sites, markets, and restaurants. Our accommodations are subject to change if it becomes possible to substitute other hotels to improve our already excellent proximity to points of interest. We will be located near city centers and Metro access in Amsterdam and Paris.
Several legal documents MUST be completed prior to travel. The documents are listed on the College Webpage for Travel Interim Release Forms.
Medical Service Authorization
Statement of Good Health
Leave Permission Form
International Student Identity Card (available from the Business Office)
Additional information concerning release forms, food rebates, Identity Cards, and Travel Precautions. in Word.doc format.
The documents are all downloadable and must be completed, signed properly, and received by Wofford College before any student may be cleared for participation in the Interim travel/study project in which the student is enrolled.
The proper completion of each of the forms--except the Statement of Good Health --requires the signature of a parent or guardian, whether or not the student is 21 years of age or older. For the Release, the student must sign, with both the student's and parent or guardian's signature being properly witnessed and dated. The Statement of Good Health is to be signed by the examining physician.
Participation in the project also requires that the student be enrolled in an insurance program which provides, throughout at least the full duration of the off-campus portion of the project, continuous suitable coverage for the the expense of medical treatment for illness or injury (preferably including provision for emergency medical evacuation and assistance) no matter where the student is when such coverage might be needed. Enter the data regarding insurance where asked for on the Medical Service Authorization form. In addition to this all travel/study participants will be required to purchase the International Student Identity Card.
While normally not a requirement for participation in the project itself, the Leave Permission Form is necessary should a student wish to leave the project group for a free-time excursion during the off-campus portion of the project. The instructor may grant permission and approval for such only if the Leave Permission Form has been executed and submitted.
The students should carefully review with their parents the Refund Policy, which must also be signed and returned.
None of the forms require notarization. Please note that photocopied or facsimile ("fax") reproductions of the forms are not acceptable.
Please execute and return promptly to your faculty sponsor.
The application for the International Student Identity Card should be turned
into the Business Office.
The course fee of $3200 covers round trip bus transportation to departure airport, round-trip international airfare, all lodging, all breakfasts and 9 dinners, ground transportation, entrance fees, local guides and minimal tips for guides.
The course fee does not cover insurance (see below), books, lunches and snacks, 6 dinners, souvenirs, costs of excursions taken during free time and any other incidentals. Depending on one's appetite and penchant for shopping, as little as $300-$400 pocket money should suffice.
Wofford College requires students to buy travel insurance for any Interim Project that includes travel. Highly recommended is the International Student Identity Card which costs $20 plus $3 for postage and handling. Purchasing this card automically includes basic accident and sickess insurance for travel outside the US, including hospital stays, accidental medical expense, emergeny evacuation, passport protection, baggage delay, and more. For complete details, consult www.counciltravel.com/idcards/default.asp If you choose not to get this ID card, you must supply evidence of travel insurance to the instructors in 4 weeks prior to departure.
Note that trip cancellation insurance is not included in the course fee and is optional. Trip cancellation insurance provides some financial protection should it become necessary to miss the trip or return to the US prior to our scheduled flights because of sickness or death of a close relative. Trip cancellation insurance will not pay if you simply decide not to make the trip. Our agents (Franz and Alda) at Universal Travel can assist with various types of optional travel insurance (576-6616 or toll free 1-800-849-0167; email: email@example.com)
Make checks payable to Wofford College and indicate the student's name on the memo line. Checks are to be delivered to Dr. Davis or Dr. Schmunk on the following dates:
26 September 2002
Paying the balance or any portion in advance will greatly assist our travel agent in securing reservations. Making any payments earlier than each of the deadlines will be much appreciated.
1) Attendance and participation is required at all meetings prior to departure. Selected readings will be distributed and assigned prior to Christmas break. Students are expected to complete the readings during the holidays.
2) Each student is to keep a daily journal during the trip in which notes and impressions are recorded. These journals will be checked periodically by the professors during the travel portion of the interim.
3) Each student will write a summary paper which examines in some depth the events, individuals, and influences that contribute to the uniqueness Van Gogh's art. In this paper, the student is expected to integrate information from a variety of sources as well as include personal observations which indicate thoughtful reflection. The paper will be completed during the last week of the Interim period.
4) Each student will be assigned a painting that we will encounter during our travel to the various museums. The student is to prepare an on-site presentation of approximately 5- 10 minutes in which the significance of the painting is to be explained based on consultation of reference materials that address the painting and the letters of van Gogh in which he decribes his conditions influencing the creation of that particular piece.
5) Students are expected to participate cheerfully in all activities, to be attentive to guides and instructors, and to consult the reference materials during each excursion to more fully appreciate the significance of the sites we visit.
6) Students are expected to agree to the Behavior Contract.
Vincent and Theo starring Robert Altman. This film portrays the tense relationship of the Van Gogh brothers and depicts Vincent's instability.
Lust for Life, a movie made in the 1950's based on the biography of the same title by Irving Stone.
Vincent. Readings from the letters with evocative scenes.
Akira Kurosawas's Dreams. One segment of this videotape consists of an fantastic imaginary stroll in and through several of Van Gogh's paintings.
* The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (1996) by Ronald deLeeuw. ISBN 0-14-044674-5 Wofford College Bookstore Price is $14.95
*Van Gogh (2001) by Ingo F. Walther. ISBN 0-7607-2328-1 Available from Dr. Davis at reduced price of $7.00. Make check payable to Wofford College or pay in cash.
OTHER BOOKS ARE ON RESERVE IN THE SANDOR-TEZLER LIBRARY
Other Reference Sources
Also see the Links to Websites.
Peter L. Schmunk has taught art history at Wofford College for fifteen years and is coordinator of the art history major program. He regularly teaches courses on medieval, baroque, and nineteenth-century art, and has twice taught an upper division course for art history majors on Van Gogh. His principal research interest is in the influence of music on nineteenth-century painters. He has given a number of presentations at scholarly conferences and published two articles on Van Goghs own interest in music as a model for the intensely colorful and expressive paintings produced at the height of his artistic career. Over the past decade, Professor Schmunk has organized nine interim trips to European countries, including France, Germany, Greece, and Italy.
G.R. Davis joined the Biology Department in 1993 where he regularly teaches human physiology, neurobiology, and other courses particularly relevant to students intending to pursue health professions. He has traveled with student groups to Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela (2000) and twice to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (1996 and 1999). In 2000, he and Dr. Schmunk organized an interim entitled Sicily: Cultural Crossroads of the Meditteranean. Of late, he is pursuing an interest in art history and is reading extensively on the life and art of Van Gogh. Dr. Davis has taught Photography as an Interim course and enjoys assisting student photographers.
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|2||Ashley Doyle||Heather Malone|
|3||Jill Hearn||Callie Crenshaw|
|4||Geoffrey Thomas||Adam Perrow|
|5||Adam Perrow||Geoffrey Thomas|
|6||Jane McCullough||Ellen Diebold|
|7||Heather Malone||Ashley Doyle|
|8||Ellen Diebold||Jane McCullough|
|9||Crystal Craig||Meghan McGowan|
|10||Katherine Haltiwanger||Mamie Morgan|
|11||Callie Crenshaw||Jill Hearn|
|12||Megan McGowan||Crystal Craig|
|13||Heather Rogers||Karen Hembree|
|14||Mamie Morgan||Katherine Haltiwanger|
|15||Marshall Baarcke||Mary Catherine Benson,
|16||Mary Catherine Benson||
|17||Chauncey Regan||Mary Catherine Benson,
|18||Ryan Gibson||Will Sloan|
|19||Will Sloan||Ryan Gibson|
Drs. Schmunk and Davis, assisted by local guides at some of our venues, will provide specific information at each location.
Franz Kop of Universal Travel has organized over 30 Interim travel courses for Wofford College since 1993 and has vast experience, especially in arranging travel to Europe.
Spartanburg telephone 576-6616 or toll free 1-800-849-0167
Universal Travel can assist with various types of optional travel insurance. Contact Franz or Alda Kop for more information.
An excellent source of reliable travel information is provided by the US State Department "Background Notes." These notes concisely summarize the geography, people, population, government, economy, foreign relations, history, and political conditions for every nation. Link to "Background Notes" for Belgium, for France, and for The Netherlands.
Check here for Current Travel Warnings and Public Announcements.
Consular Information Sheets published by the State Department provide information on entry requirements, medical facilities, crime, traffic safety & road conditions, aviation, and embassy locations. Check these Information Sheets for France, Belguim, and the Netherlands.
Is is safe to travel in France, Belguim, and the Netherlands? Europe is generally considered safe places for US citizens to travel. There are no State Department warnings other than the usual petty thievery alerts typical of large cities. We will be traveling as a group accompanied by a local guide on charter buses. Lodging will be in urban settings in "three star" or better hotels. During free time, travelers are expected to employ ordinary personal safety measures such as traveling in small groups and avoiding certain locations known to be suspect.
No immunizations are required for travel to Europebut several are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. The recommended immunizations are listed together with tips for staying healthy. You'll discover that only typical immunzations are suggested: Hepatitis A and B, and tetanus. Should you decide to receive any or all of these injections, they can be obtained from the Spartanburg County Health Department by appointment (596-3337) on Wednesdays or from your family doctor.
A minor concern for those traveling to regions where water quality is not always reliable is Traveler's Diarrhea. Information on Food and Water Precautions and Travelers' Diarrhea is available from The Center for Disease Control.
Passports are required for travel to and from Italy. Visas are not necessary. The instuctors will a photocopy of each passport.
Check the expiration date to make sure that the passport will be valid throughout the duration of our travel. Please bring your passport to Dr. Davis' office in Milliken Science Hall 204 so that a photocopy can be made and the passport number and expiration date can be recorded.
Getting a passport is not complicated, but does require 4-6 weeks for processing. Passport applications can be obtained from the Passport Office in the Main Post Office at the intersection of Church Street and Henry Street in downtown Spartanburg. The Passport Office is open 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, and 8am-1pm Saturday. To complete and submit the application, you will need
Passport Photos can be made at
A Warning: Some people have experienced delays in getting their passports because their birth certificate did not meet specifications. It may be necessary to order a notarized copy of the birth certificate before the application can be processed. This situation commonly adds several weeks to the processing time, so the bottom line is to apply for your passport as soon as possible. You will not be allowed to travel without a valid passport.
As soon as you receive your passport, notify Dr. Davis so that he can record your passport number and the expiration date.
Prior to departure, one should possess at least some basic knowledge of a destination. Of course one should be familiar with exchange rates for currency, the language, time differences, local customs and courtesies, the "lay of the land," and the significance of each point of interest. A list of questions will be posted here to assist students as they prepare for departure. Here are some questions to get you started:
Class meetings Monday through Thursday in Daniel 101 beginning at 9am. Topics for class meetings are listed elsewhere. On Tuesday afternoon, we will watch a movie about the life of Van Gogh. On Wednesday afternoon, students will schedule appointments to meet with the instructors to discuss the topics of their intended papers. On Thursday afternoon, an exam is scheduled based on the assigned readings and class material. Friday morning is free to prepare for departure from campus.
Van Gogh in the WebMuseum of Paris A brief biography with many of van Gogh's paintings arranged in categories.
Index of Van Gogh's paintings and their musuem locations.
The Van Gogh Museum with a concise timeline of his life.
US State Department Background Notes for Belgium, for France, and for The Netherlands.
The Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo, The Netherlands
The Photo.net Guide to Photographing Paris
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