ECS French students and their parents who traveled in France for 10 days this April, participated in many aspects of French life, culture and history. Not only did the group visit the monuments, museums, stores and restaurants of Paris but also continued on to see much of the daily life, history and culture in the countryside and on the English Channel.

Cheese and yogurt making was demonstrated with a tasting at an organic goat farm in the Loire Valley. Les Chateaux from the 16th century were visited, along with medieval towns. Students shopped at authentic outdoor markets in Rouen and Paris, learned and played the century old game of petanque with a national champion, danced and dined at a guinguette with the Parisians, and explored the German bunkers on WWII battle fields.

The group paid respect to our fallen soldiers at Omaha Beach and at the American cemetery in Normandy. Other beautiful memories included Versailles, Mount Saint Michel, Le Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.  Students spoke French not only with the guide but during the free time they had each day to shop, explore and learn.

The best learning sometimes comes outside the classroom.