For eight days, Monroe Central French teacher, Julie Casto, parent-chaperone, Sherry Williams, and four students, Lizzie Casto, Jackie Shreves, Dakota Williams and Rachel Williams, journeyed through Ile-de-France, Normandy and Brittany, this past July. After landing in Charles De Gaulle International Airport, they met up with their Explorica tour guide, David Moore, to begin their two-day stay in Paris, the City of Lights. “Our tour guide and the metro (Parsian subway) were indispensable. We hit all the tourist spots: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arch of Triumph, Museum of the Gare d’Orsay, Notre Dame, Grand Ferris Wheel in the Tuileries gardens. On our last day in Paris, we even saw the tail end of the Tour de France from our tour bus,” Casto recalls. “My favorite day in Paris started off at Napoleon’s Tomb. The weather was gorgeous. We walked all the way to the Louvre where we met up with Allie Schumacher (daughter of Deb and Perry Schumacher) and spent the rest of the afternoon with her. We had a great time. Her family can be so proud: Allie’s doing really well at Abrecrombie & Fitch. Her store is on the Champs-Elysees...Superchouette! (super cool)”
Students are pictured at the fishing port of Honfleur. From left are: Lizzie Casto, Jackie Shreves, Rachel and Dakota Williams.
The group left Paris and traveled to Rouen, in Normandy, where they saw the spot on which Jeanne d’Arc was burned in 1431. They toured Rouen’s cathedral, made internationally famous by Monet’s various renditions of it. In the evening, they ate dinner at a restaurant known for its cider and its gigantic cider barrels; the group’s table was actually inside of one. It gave new meaning to having a ‘barrel of fun’. They visited the quaint village of Honfleur and made their way to the Normandy beaches where so many American, British and Canadian soldiers struggled and died to free France from German occupation during the D-Day efforts in June of 1944. The Museum at Caen, the American Cemetery at Omaha beach and the Pointe du Hoc’s cliffs and craters were especially impressive and emotional.
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