Wednesday, 14 March 2012

France 2012 Update #1

A team of 25 students and three chaperones left for France on Friday, March 9.
On Saturday, we visited the Louvre and Gallerie Lafayette, and cruised the Seine at night.
On Monday we travelled to Normandy.
The extended bus ride gave many students the chance to catch up on some rest. We stopped at the supermarket to pick up some snacks and lunch for Tuesday's picnic on the beaches of Normandy.
After lunch in the historic town of Rouen, everyone enjoyed a walking tour: amazing churches, old buildings and glorious sunshine. Some free time was spent shopping and enjoying the ambience.
After dinner, we arrived at the hotel at 8:30. We had devotions together and played a few games before Wednesday's 7 a.m. wake-up call.

On Wednesday, after a wonderful breakfast, we went to Juno Beach and the Canadian cemetery.
We had a memorable day travelling back in time to WW2. We saw museums, watched a movie (short) about D-Day followed by visiting the locations where the Canadians, Americans and paratrooopers landed. The cool air and overcast skies made the whole experience even more sobering. After more then 9 stops - we travelled for 2 hours by bus (and napped!) to St. Malo. We are blown away by the city and are excited to take a walking tour Thursday morning followed by a few hours of free time. Everyone is well and enjoying themselves - trying to take it all in!

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