Regular readers of the blog will probably recall that every May, the Newnham Classics finalists take off for a day in Paris (and usually in the Louvre) -- thanks to a generous benefactor. It's partly fun, partly seriously educational (a good two and a half hours in the Louvre is an improving experience for any classicist), and it's quite exhausting (we have to leave Cambridge at 5.30 am). As an event for exam term it is second to none. The students get a good lunch (we went for the second year running to La Table du Palais Royale, which is just ten minutes walk from the Louvre, has great food and on a Saturday lunchtime is not heaving with people. It also does them no harm to get exhausted then sleep it off.
This is us enjoying the architecture of the Palais Royale itself
-- which is one of my favourite spaces in Paris, especially now that the garden section has been equipped with some great green chairs, emblazoning a line of French poetry: chaises-poèmes, they're called.
And the Louvre always springs surprises.