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Warriors travel to France
After an eight hour flight with a quick stop in Munich, Germany, the group arrived at Charles DeGaulle airport in Paris. The adventure began with a three-day whirlwind tour of Paris that included walking tours of the Latin Quarter, a Louvre museum visit, shopping in the Opera district, exploring Sacre Coeur at the top of Montmartre, and a leisurely cruise down the Seine River. Of course the students also took in the sites of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Place de la Concorde. After leaving Paris, the group traveled by charter bus to the Loire Valley where they visited the elegant castles of the historic kings of France. The castles they explored were Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau, and Saumur. Near this area they visited the region of the Troglodytes, a cave dwelling community known for raising mushrooms and snails. During a dinner at a Troglodyte restaurant the students sampled specialties of the area, including snails and pâté. From the Loire Valley, the group headed south through the Massif Central to the Languedoc region by way of the very modern Viaduc de Millau, the tallest bridge in Europe, and finally into Provence. One of the tour highlights was a cruise in the Calanques near Cassis on the Mediterranean Sea. Before reaching their final destination in Nice, the group stopped at the Pont du Gard and the Roman arena in Arles for a history lesson on the Roman Empire in France. After arriving in Nice, the students swam in the beautiful waters of the French Riviera, shopped at the bountiful open markets, and enjoyed the street entertainers in Vieux Nice. From Nice, a short excursion took them to Monaco and the perfume factory in the mountain village of Eze. This ten-day tour of France was an incredible overview of culture, history, and language. It was truly an adventure these students will never forget.
Written by: Sue Mead, WHS French teacher
Posted: Sep 04, 2012 by Anna Waldrup