BON VOYAGE! It is a Fairmont tradition for French students to travel overseas as a capstone to their classroom experiences. For the past several years, Madame Townsend has taken groups to France and other parts of Europe, expanding on the language skills and culture they have learned in the classroom. She offers a credit flex opportunity for students traveling overseas with her.
2014's trip has 21 FHS students signed up for travel. We begin our odyssey in London, taking in British culture, Windsor Castle, Coventry and crossing the English Channel, just as William the Conquerer did in 1066. Once in France, we'll explore the historic D-Day Landing Sites, celebrating the 70th anniversary of "Le Debarquement." We'll also visit St. Malo and the UNESCO world heritage site Mont Saint Michel. Then on to Paris and her glorious splendor and the famous cathedral at Chartres.
All that, plus the opportunity to use and expand the language skills and cultural knowledge gained in class, enjoy European cities and countryside, culture and cuisine! Come with us! -mt
In 2012, 17 FHS French students plus 2 FHS Spanish students traveled to Paris to see the sites, then took the TGV ("bullet" train) to the southwestern regions of France, then from Bordeaux to Biarritz. They crossed the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain and back again, stopping at the pilgrimage site of Lourdes, then near and along the Mediterranean Coast. They were able to see magnificent Roman architecture of the Pont du Gard and the ampitheatre at Nîmes, still in use today. They enjoyed the pebbled beaches and the Promenade des Anglais of Nice, crossed over into the luxurious principality of Monaco, and on to St. Remo, Genoa and Milan in Italy.
In the summer of 2010, 14 FHS students traveled throughout northern and western France, flying into Paris and visiting the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, Versailles, the Normandy Beach landing sites, the historic walled city of St. Malo, the impressive monastery of Mt. St. Michel, and traveling to the Loire Valley where they experienced many beautiful French chateaux and learned of their storied past and present glories.