From Vimy to Disney and everywhere in between
Our days in Paris may be winding down, but we have been just about everywhere! Saturday the group took an early, three-hour bus ride to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Vimy is Canada’s largest war memorial and carries large significance for our country and its contributions to the First World War. It was a moving and emotional experience for our students to see such a beautiful tribute to our fallen soldiers, which stands at the highest point of Vimy Ridge.
Just a short drive away stands the town of Arras, also a place of significance in the First World War. The group toured the “Boves” underground tunnel system that was built for several purposes including the gathering of allied troops during the Battle of Arras. The students noted that the town appeared much different in terms of architecture than the Roman towns that we visited in Provence—Arras’ Flemish feel is definitely due to its close proximity to Belgium!
Just two days later was our final optional excursion. Lucky for us, it was a trip to the most magical place on earth: Disneyland! We loved going on all the rides, meeting the most beloved Disney characters, and seeing parades throughout the day. There was definitely a LOT of Disney magic in the air!
It’s just about time for our final exams and banquet, and we can’t believe how quickly our time in France has passed! To beat the blues of coming to terms with only having a few days left in Paris, classes have been taking the Metro up to Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement to see the Sacré Coeur Basilica and have free time for lunch and shopping.
Fun fact: many of the most famous French impressionist artists, such as Degas, Renoir, and Monet painted in Montmartre and it is known as the most artistic neighbourhood in Paris!