Blyth Academy International Summers Travel Journal
France August 2016: A Perfect Weekend in Paris
What a wonderful weekend in Paris!
On Friday, classes went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see the view of Paris from the top. In the evening, I took a group of students on a special tour of the Latin Quarter and Seine River to show them some of my favourite parts of the city. We stopped at the bridge behind Notre Dame and placed a few locks on it, purchased books in Shakespeare and Company, walked the narrow streets of the quarter, and listened to live music along the Seine before stopping at Maison de Gyros for the most delicious gyros in the city!
On Saturday, students participated in the optional excursion to Giverny where Monet’s house and gardens are located. First, we visited the water garden that evidently has a Japanese influence through the choice of flowers and bridge. This garden inspired many of his most famous works. Later, we toured his colourful house and were taken aback at the beauty of his home and the view of his garden from the bedroom windows. Before loading the bus, we made a short pit stop at the Impressionist Museum down the street from Monet’s house and had the opportunity to see some of his original works!
On Sunday, students participated in the optional excursion to Vimy Ridge and Arras. All of the students felt a true sense of patriotism and appreciation for the sacrifice and duty of our Armed Forces. They also expressed the comfort they had felt stepping onto Canadian soil although they were in a different country.
The students who remained in Paris joined me for the day and attended a mass at Notre Dame on the feast of the assumption. Afterwards, we went shopping and returned to le marais for falafel. In the evening, students and I went souvenir shopping and enjoyed artisanal ice cream pops along the Seine River.