Patricia Bobeck is a geologist and the translator of Henry Darcy's Public Fountains of the City of Dijon. She studied in France and Switzerland while completing an undergraduate degree in French and later received a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan. She taught languages in South America and Hawaii before entering the University of Texas, where she received her master's degree in geology. She works for the state of Texas in groundwater remediation. In addition, she is certified by the American Translators Association as a French-to-English translator. In 2004, the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation awarded her the inaugural S. Edmund Berger Prize for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Translation for the translation of the Darcy book.
Henry Darcy founded the science of hydrogeology when he published "Darcy's Law" in an appendix of his 1856 book Les Fontaines publiques de la ville de Dijon. Our trip will begin in Paris, where the group will see the location of Darcy's workshop in which he conducted his pipe-flow experiments. We will also visit the Musée des Egouts (Sewer Museum) for a first-hand look at the "tout-à-l'égout," the combined sanitary and storm sewer system that was being built during Darcy's tenure in Paris as superintendent of municipal services. After a day in Paris, we will take the TGV (Train de Grande Vitesse [high speed train]) to Dijon. In Dijon, we will visit Place Darcy, where the aqueduct empties into the first of two reservoirs Darcy constructed. We will walk the extent of Darcy's cast-iron pipe water supply system throughout the old city of Dijon and see the Montmusard Reservoir, the end of Darcy's distribution system. Traveling outside of Dijon, we will visit the Rosoir spring that still supplies Dijon's water. We will also travel to Blaisy Haut, the mountaintop above the Blaisy Tunnel, which was Darcy's worksite while he supervised construction of the tunnel. While touring Burgundy, we will stop at the Chateau de Bourbilly, a thirteenth century castle owned by Darcy's descendants and open for visitors in the summer. In Beaune, we will enjoy the Burgundy tradition of wine tasting!
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GSA Members, US$2400; Nonmembers, US$2500
A US$300 deposit is due with your reservation and is refundable through 20 June, less a US$50 processing fee. The balance is due 23 June 2006. Min.: 20; max.: 25. View cancellation policy.
Included: The Public Fountains of the City of Dijon, lodging for six nights (double occupancy), local sightseeing transportation, train tickets between Paris and Dijon, all breakfasts, most lunches, and most dinners, and a one-day central zone metro pass in Paris.
Not included: Airfare to and from Paris, transfer from airport to Paris hotel, optional activities, alcoholic beverages, personal travel insurance, and other expenses not specifically included.
Please view Daily Itinerary for more details on what is and is not included in the tour. Contact GSA with any questions: , or 303-357-1005.
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