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Versailles

This morning we took the train to Versailles to explore the design, art and architecture.  The weather started out drizzly but by early afternoon, the sun broke through and we had blue sky for the rest of the afternoon.

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Tonight, we pack our bags and prepare fpr our trip back home with new memories and experiences.

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See you soon!

 

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Paris, here we are!

We managed to get the first train from Cherbourg into Paris so that left us the afternoon to dodge raindrops and visit the Eiffel Tower.

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Today, armed with museum and subway passes, we really did Paris well. Taking in:

  • The Louvre
  • Musee D’Orsay
  • Montmartre and Sacre Coeur/li>
  • Notre Dame
  • The Arc de Triumphe

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Whew!

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Leaving Cherbourg

We were sad to say au revoir to Cherbourg. We didn’t leave before visiting Mont St. Michel, which was fascinating to watch appear on the horizon and then climb and explore.

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We also were glad to have a lovely bbq lunch send off with oysters and sausages cooked on the grill.

 

Our trip back to Cherbourg took us by a fantastic castle that included a moat and a tapestry created in the same style as the Bayeaux Tapestry also located in Normandy.

early the next morning, we met at the train station and waved good bye to our new friends as we headed back to Paris.

Mont saint Michel group

 

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Landemer

Today was a very sportif (sports) day!

In the morning, we met at a city pool and had a taste do scuba diving. It was exciting to get to stay underwater for longer than a few minutes. Perhaps some of us will move on to more scuba training in the future.

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After a nice lunch break with our hosts, we met at Landemer and made the hike to Le Castel Vendon, which is a nice rock outcropping overlooking the sea. The last part of the hike was a scramble up rocks much like the Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

We were rewarded with lovely views and a chance to rappel down the back of the rock.

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Cherbourg

The town where we are staying for the first part of our trip is Cherbourg.  It has an interesting history – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherbourg-Octeville

There are even Confederate soldiers buried in the local graveyard from the CSS Alabama.

We learned more about the history from our visit to a museum and walking around the harbor before we sailed again on a racing yacht. Very fun.

After the boating, we had a reception with the mayor of Cherbourg and other officials, were welcomed to the city and then went to the IUT (our host school) student rec center for some handball and volleyball.

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Sur la mer

Today, we finally got out on the water. In the morning, we sailed on a small boat and in the afternoon, we tried our hand at sea kayaking and stand up paddle board. Some of us have done one or the other but some had a new experience ahead.

Jeff and Alice were our instructors and we just dove right in, no pun intended.

videos will have to come later.

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La Hague

Here I sit with a pain au chocolat and a cafe, feeling very French.

Today we explored the beautiful coast of La Hague. The weather forecast made us rethink our hiking plans so we drove and stopped at many overlooks. The sun has come out now so we are eating lunch and then heading back to Cherbourg for rock climbing in the IUT student rec center.

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Yesterday, we visited Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery in Normandy. The students have a much better understanding of D Day and the WW II battles here.

 

 

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Getting here and D-Day

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Well, after a long layover, we settled in for our flight to Paris.

Two flights, two subway lines and two trains later, we arrived. Tired but happy to see out French hosts.

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Today, we visit a D-Day beach and museum. Tomorrow begins the sportif part of our trip. Although we all agreed carrying out luggage ip and down stairs traveling through Paris counted as physical education!

More later.

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And we are off!

We left EARLY from Knoxville and now we have a loooong wait in Washington DC but we are excited and ready for some adventures. Cherbourg here we come!

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