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Picnicking on Baguettes – The French Excursion

The French Excursion heads to Avignon!

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Upon our arrival in Avignon after taking the super speedy TGV train, we checked into our hotel and proceeded to the inner walls of Avignon where we were met by our tour guide who showed us Le Palais de Papes and the gardens.  We were all intrigued by the incredible structures and architecture. That night we feasted on local cuisine where some tried Ratatouille for the very first time.  We walked the streets of Avignon stopping every so often to watch street performers. 
Tuesday July 14th was Bastille Day, a National holiday.  We had a wonderful sleep in and participated in some team building activities..  That night we strolled through the festival Market and rode the Ferris wheel where a beautiful view of the city could be seen.  We picnicked on baguettes and other French goodies while we watched street performers and waited with excitement for the fireworks to begin.  The show of lights was incredible and as we oohed and ahhed over the magical show, we realized how lucky we were to be spending Bastille Day in Avignon. 
After the show, we danced in the streets where a live concert played our favorites.  Some of the students like Jared and Daniela interacted and danced with the locals while others danced with the group.  Overall, an unforgettable night!!!  The next day we headed to Aix en Provence where we saw the “original” Cezanne studio and some of the objects he used as inspiration. 
Thursday was an exciting day as our group headed to Passerelles des Cimes for an adventure on the ropes course.  Everyone finished the beginner and intermediate courses.  Michael, Evans, and Django were brave enough to try the most advanced course.  We headed to Avignon that night for dinner and more festivities in the streets. 
Already in Nice for our final week we cannot believe that we are almost at the end of our trip and what a ride it’s been so far.  Hard to believe we will be coming home on Friday!
Suite a Venir,
The French Excursion