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17 Upper Dublin High School students, accompanied by their French teachers, began their summer with a journey to Paris and the South of France. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” These UD students began to learn these lessons as they explored Paris from sun up to well beyond sun down. Some highlights of Paris included seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, the celebrated impressionist paintings at the Musée D’Orsay, taking an evening boat tour of Paris along the Seine, climbing the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral, and walking through the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.
From the “City of Lights,” students boarded the TGV—France’s High Speed Train—for the South of France. Here, they not only swam in the Mediterranean Sea in the village of Grau du Roi, but also walked through the medieval walled city of Carcassonne and boated through the Camargue, where they saw wild white horses, black bulls and Provencal cowboys. Students also toured the city of Arles, where they explored Roman ruins and walked in the footsteps of Van Gogh, seeing where he painted some of his most famous works. Students were excited to speak French and to make connections from the classroom to “real life.” All fell in love with France and are determined to return.