BCS French Students Tour Paris, Provence, and the French Riviera

From May 28thto June 5th, a group of Briarcrest French students traveled to France, along with several parents and teachers.  BCS high school French teacher, Catherine Childs, organized this voyage as an opportunity for her students to gain first-hand experience of French culture and to practice their French language skills outside of the classroom. 
The group started their tour with a few busy days in Paris where they traveled by metro to experience all the famous sites, including the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Cœur basilica, the Louvre Museum, and a riverboat ride on the Seine.  Notre Dame de Paris is still closed off due to the recent fires that ravaged its roof, but the students were happy to still get a glimpse of the cathedral from across the river.  On the last day in Paris, it was off to Versailles!  The students got to explore the famous palace and gardens, and then had an interactive role-play lesson on the French revolution with a local instructor. 
From Paris, the group took the TGV (France’s high-speed train) south to Avignon.  They spent the next few days exploring the region of Provence, including the towns of Nîmes, Aix-en-Provence, and Arles.  A highlight for many was the chance to swim under the Pont du Gard, a famous Roman aqueduct, and the chance to scale the Roman arena of Nîmes.  Another enjoyable excursion included lessons in the arts of calligraphy and fencing, both taught by locals.  
Finally, the group headed over to Nice, a city on the French Riviera.  Most of the group headed straight for the rocky beaches, and a chance to swim off the southern coast of France.  While in this region, the group explored small villages such as Les Baux-de-Provence and St-Paul-de-Vence, and a surprise visit to Monaco on the last afternoon of the trip!  
Lawson Ewing, a rising BCS 11thgrader and French IV student, shares his thoughts on the journey: “What I most enjoyed about France was interacting with the French people. This experience expanded my knowledge of the French language because it was beyond the textbook.  By the end of the trip, I was able to comprehend a majority of what was spoken around me.  This trip also peaked my interest to study abroad.  I definitely hope to return to France in the future.” 
If you are interested in learning more about the French program at Briarcrest, please contact Catherine Childs at ccchilds@briarcrest.com.