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The City of Lights – ON TOUR European Escapade

On Tour European Escapade checks in from France.

Hello loved ones,

Bonjour from France!

Wow, the trip has gotten off to an excellent start. It is safe to say that our exploration of Paris was nothing short of incredible. From enjoying French cuisine in quintessential cafes to exploring the famous Champs Elysées, we have absorbed so much of the culture.  The enthusiastic trip members have been eager to take advantage of every opportunity to experience French society to the fullest. Samantha, Brittany and Ashley even tried the patte! While at Notre Dame and L’Arc du Triomphe, Kyle started a tradition of his own: dancing in front of each famous site we stop at. While the majority of the trip members have little or no experience with speaking French, nearly all of them are attempting to converse with the French they have already acquired. We are so proud when I hear Juliet say “merci” (thank you) or when I hear Brian say “s’il vous plait (please).”

We now have an understanding of why Paris is known as The City of Lights! While standing at the very top of the Eiffel Tower at night, we had a panoramic view of the entire city. We were even in the tower as the light show was taking place. We were also able to view the light show when we were on our Bateau Mouche evening river cruise on the Seine River. To see the Eiffel Tower sparkle in the night is breathtaking.  The next morning, the trip members pondered the mysteriousness of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and viewed many of the other sculptures and artifacts at the Louvre.

The word magnificent might just be an understatement when it comes to Versailles. Both the staff and trip members were blown away by the beauty and detail of the palace and its gardens. On our guided tour we found out some interesting facts about Versailles. For example, there are 700 bedrooms total! And, it took more than 15,000 builders to construct the palace.

Aside from sightseeing, we have participated in other fun activities. On karaoke night, Charlie proudly jumped to the stage and sang and danced to ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” with staff members. Sam E. and CJ performed a priceless rendition of “My Heart Will Go On.”  It was a night to remember! On a miniature scavenger hunt, Morgan and Halyey danced to the “Macarena” with locals to win the funniest photo contest.

We are now in the beautiful French city of Annecy. This morning we enjoyed a bike ride around the Lac d’Annecy (the second largest lake in France). The weather was a perfect 75 degrees and sunny, and the water was in fact sparkling. Mark and Mike used a tandem bicycle for the ride and the entire group was very impressed with how well they did!

We will update you again after our stay in Zermatt!

Au revoir,
Andy, Amy, Liz and Matt
(European Escapade staff team)

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