Marie Curie Tour in Poland and Paris

Women’s Studies in Radioactivity Research

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who conducted groundbreaking research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win the prize twice, and the only person to win in two different disciplines. Help underprivileged young women pursue STEM careers by volunteering during your time in Poland.

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You’ll arrive in Warsaw, Poland to see a women’s studies view of the beginnings of Curie’s life. After you put away your things and relax after your flight, you’ll head to the banks of Wisła River and visit the Monument to Marie Curie. Take a walk along the river, like Curie was so fond of doing in her youth. For dinner, enjoy a feast of traditional Polish food, including pierogis and kielbasa.

This morning, you’ll head to the Marie Curie Museum, housed in Curie’s childhood home. Here, you’ll see Curie’s lab equipment as well as her personal memorabilia. Then you’ll head to the Marie Curie Institute of Oncology, where you’ll learn more about how Curie’s discoveries have helped pave the way for current cancer treatments. You’ll spend a few hours volunteering in the hospital to help brighten patients’ days.

Your stop today is the Copernicus Science Centre. It contains over 450 interactive exhibits and will show you the process for some of Curie’s research. Then, you’ll bid farewell to Poland and board a plane to Paris, France, the city where Curie carried out most of her work.

Today, you’ll head to Marie Curie’s home in Paris. This is the place where she discovered radium. There’s a plaque outside commemorating the spot. Next, you’ll head to the Pantheon, where Curie’s remains are housed. Once you’ve paid your respects, head to the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular view of Paris’s skyline.

Start your day with delectable french pastries that will crumble in your mouth. Your destination for today is the Musée Curie – Institut du radium. This museum houses the decontaminated laboratories run by Curie, as well as more information about her life story.

When Marie married her husband Pierre went on their honeymoon, they chose a to take a bicycle tour of France. Today, you’ll take a bicycle tour of Paris, viewing sites like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, The Louvre, and Champs-Elysées. Take your time and see the sites, and don’t be shy about filling up your basket with treats and souvenirs.

It’s time to head home, but the knowledge you’ve gained will last a lifetime, and Poland and France will always be waiting for your return.

Marie Curie was not only a groundbreaking researcher delving into the little-understood field of radioactivity, she was also the first woman to win Nobel Prizes in two different disciplines. Follow in her footsteps from her childhood home in Poland to the haunts of Paris where she lived and performed most of her work as you learn about her life through the perspective of women’s studies.


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