Program Details

A Walk Through Paris: Part Deux - Boca Raton

Valerie Sutter

Course Description

Armchair travelers, well-heeled tourists, avid Francophiles alike are invited to return with us to the City of Lights and continue where we left off last year in our wanderings through Paris. Whether you're "visiting" for the very first time, preparing for an actual trip, or reminiscing about a city you fell in love with years ago, join us as we revisit old haunts and discover new ones, renew our knowledge of French history, discover people who have changed the course of French history and delve into some of their dark secrets. We'll wander neighborhoods, gardens, and museums along the way, inviting you to discover the ins and outs of what the Parisians know about their quartiers. Bon voyage!


  1. Montmartre & Montparnasse: Montmartre is renowned for its painters and exquisite position on the hilltop, and Montparnasse for its cafés and rich intellectual life.
  2. Nature in Paris: Far more intriguing than you imagine! From the dramatic flooding of the Seine in 1910 to the annual Agricultural Fair, we’ll cover beautiful parks, surprising gardens, beehives, artists, horses, and statues.
  3. The German Occupation of Paris, 1940-1944: One of the dark periods of Paris where intrigue and horror combined to force the Parisians to live up to their motto: “Fluctuat nuc mergitur.”
  4. Weekend trips from Paris:  Discover the riches of France in four easy trips which demonstrate the incredible diversity of the French country, each region with its different traditions, economy, cuisine, landscape, history, and architecture.

About the Instructor

  • Valerie Sutter, a former language teacher, gained her passion for French culture during her 30+ years of living in France, and shares this passion through the language workshops she organizes in France every summer.  She owns an apartment in Paris and spends six months of the year there when she’s not otherwise occupied in Miami.