Hemingway in Paris

Hemingway in Paris

Study Abroad for Lifelong Learners

July 2025 

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” 
~Ernest Hemingway

Rhodes College is committed to lifelong learning and strives to create opportunities for all members of our community to learn and share new experiences together. The Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at Rhodes is excited to offer an international trip for Rhodes alumni, parents, and friends to travel to France as part of a class led by Rhodes faculty members Marshall Boswell and Rebecca Finlayson, both professors of English. “Hemingway in Paris” will involve nine days in Paris, immersing participants in the sensual world of Ernest Hemingway’s time there in the 1920s. We will read and discuss A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises, while visiting Paris landmarks that made Hemingway and his books famous: Brasserie Lipp, Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore, La Closerie de Lilas, Les Deux Magots, Le Quartier Latin, Jardin du Luxembourg, and Hotel Ritz, to name a few. 

These books not only immerse us in Hemingway’s Paris but also reveal the post-WWI ethos of the Lost Generation, disillusioned by the war but burning with the urge to depict this new world in all its starkness and bewilderment. We will also explore the vibrant artistic community that sprang up around Hemingway, including such unforgettable figures as Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, John Dos Passos, and, most importantly, F. Scott Fitzgerald.  With Paris at our fingertips, these books and the world that birthed them will come vividly alive in, yes, a moveable feast of aesthetic, intellectual, and sensual pleasure.

Professors Boswell and Finlayson have lived in France and travel to Paris frequently. Prior to arrival, participants should read the two books. 



Approximately $3500-$4000 per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement possible.



Specific dates and an itinerary will be available at a later date prior to registration.

Each day will begin with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a morning discussion of the book. Afternoons and evenings will take us through Hemingway’s neighborhoods of Saint-Germain-des Prés, Montparnasse, and Le Quartier Latin to enjoy food, drink, art, and music. We will dine at several of Hemingway’s haunts like Brasserie LippLes Deux MagotsLa Coupole, and Cafe le Flore, and participate in a variety of Parisian activities like wine tastings, a cooking class, and neighborhood and river tours.

  • Eight nights at Hotel des Grands Hommes or a similar hotel
  • Eight breakfasts at the hotel
  • All group meals appearing on the itinerary
  • Transportation for destinations on itinerary further than 1.5km/20 min walk. 
  • Readings, lectures, and guided discussions led by Rhodes faculty
  • English-speaking licensed guides for sightseeing and touring as per itinerary
  • Fees for museums, tours, and special events as per itinerary
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides, and porters
  • Optional pre-trip meetings on Zoom
  • Local taxes
  • Value-added tax (VAT)

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare; travel insurance; expenses of a personal nature; any items or meals not specified in the Itinerary or in the Program Inclusions. 



A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your space on a first-come, first-served basis. Trip capacity: 27 participants. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Payment can be made by credit or debit card.  Please note that participation is limited to adults 18 years of age or older.



In the event of a participant’s withdrawal, deposits will be refunded in full until December 1, 2024, after which a $500 per person administrative fee applies. Withdrawals received 61–90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Withdrawals received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% penalties. Requests for withdrawal must be made in writing. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. In the event of the program’s cancellation, all fees paid will be refunded in full.



We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement.