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France Trip Photos 2013

Nearly 30 faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Notre Dame College toured France over spring break 2013─nine days, three cities and the Provence and a slideshow of photos for Falcons back home: To read the trip blog, start at Day 1 .

What's French for "Pretzel?"

4 a.m.: Time to finish packing, check out of the Hotel de Flore and fly home. 5 a.m.: We're off to the airport to prepare for our first flight, from Nice to Frankfurt, Germany. 7 a.m.: So long, France! 9 "ish" a.m.: We arrive in the Frankfurt airport. There's nothing quite like flying German, and here are a few reasons why: Probably the only time one can hear a German flight attendant snap, "Whoever has the daughter─child running in the aisleway . . . tell her to SIT DOWN!" In the true spirit of German austerity, all public restrooms appear to have only one stall. One. Stall. A soft pretzel...

Le Dernier Diner

Happy Women's Day! That's right, March 8 is the celebration of Women's Day here in France, and elsewhere in Europe; they typically celebrate by giving women of every age a bouquet of blossoms from the lovely and vibrantly yellow mimosa trees. (Personally, I prefer a mimosa of orange juice and some French bubbly, but thanks anyhow.) We began our day by learning what it takes to be "a Nose" at the famed Fragonard perfumery of Nice. Now, maybe you're thinking, 'Um, I have a nose. How tough could that be?' Well, tougher than you'd first think! Here's the skinny: An inherent ability to distinguish...

The Weather Is Not-So "Nice" In Nice

Our group began another soggy day in Nice by walking the local flower market─here was another chance to purchase herbs de Provence, local artwork, olive oil and other treats. Lunchtime was spent in the medieval village of St. Paul de Vence. Several tour members have received official proclamations of appreciation, and honorary citizenship, from local merchants and government officials due to their on-going efforts to boost the French economy─we are literally buying (and eating!) our way through this place! We visited a charming monastery, touring the museum and grounds, and ended the...

Cinema Veritae

Caution: Several, contrived film references ahead! How many can you find?? We started off this morning by leaving Nimes (It's a little town, a quiet village─every day like the one before . . .) and boarding the bus to make The French Connection to Marsailles. No, we weren't seeking for our (Bourne) identities ─we went to retrieve the recovered bag lost yesterday on the TGV. Lunch was spent in the village of Aix, beloved city of Cezane. Aix truly marked the spot─for the start of a mostly rainy day. (Sideways rain, big-fat rain, ice-cold rain, sometimes it even seemed to rain upside-down...

Classy American Tourists!

What has Paris taught us? Real men eat quiche. And crepes. Dee Eisner (Instructor at Notre Dame College's STARS Summer Camp) likes to fall "head-long" into history at the Louvre . . . The Louvre makes a mean le Big Mac! Parisian pick-pockets have nothing on a Cleveland, Ohio, school teacher! The TGV, the high-speed train of France, travels at speeds of over 300 mph─and that can result in a high-speed chase to Marseilles, to retrieve a suitcase. Well, they say the good and the bad come in 3s─so it seems we are in the clear! We enjoyed a lunch break in Avignon, the seat of the popes during the...

Twilight in Paris

Our first truly sunny day in Paris─and how appropriate, as we spent the morning touring Versailles, palace of the "Sun King." (Some guy named Louis─there are umpteen of them, so it's tough to remember which one exactly.) Apparently, #14 built extensions to the space by adding rectangular lakes, planting conical trees and circular gardens. He allegedly said, 'Geometry is second only to God.' Well, this all looks great, Lou, but I was told there'd be no math. Hello, Marais District! Welcome to "the swamps!" We stopped for lunch, did a brief walking tour and passed the longest falafel lines any...

C'est Comme Ca'...

Meaning, "It's all good." And in Paris this Saturday, it truly was. Many of our group began the day visiting a typical Parisian market─purchasing fresh fruit and perusing fresh flowers and other wares. We then hopped on le autobus for a city tour led by our British-born guide, Julian Brown (No worries─he spoke impeccable French and shared some most interesting tales about the remains of Napoleon!). Google it. We saw the Arc de Triomphe and made our first visit to the Eiffel Tower (And we can't wait to get back Sunday evening for our journey to the top!). The tour also included the Pantheon,...

Bonjour From Paris!

Salut! We made it! Before we talk France, let's talk international air travel... Listen, United Food Services: Many of us visited Italy last year. We've had meatballs. What you just served... NOT meatballs! Hmm.. And we wonder how this "croissant" will measure up to the real deal from a Parisian patisserie? Ah, there's nothing quite like watching the sunrise from your airplane window seat, as you touch down in Paris... Exercise caution when approaching the crazy treadmill/escalator hybrids to get to baggage claim! (And when a man passes by, eating a baguette and says "Pardon," he's not...

On Our Way... As Fast As We Can-Can!

Get it? France... Can-Can??? Start chuckling now; the jokes won't get much better! Greetings from Newark! Parlez-vous "Jersey Shore"? After a quick-and-easy checking-in at Hopkins, we enjoyed an equally quick-and-easy flight to Newark and will be boarding for our overnight flight to Paris within the hour! It appears that Roz, our intrepid leader, has done it again. Several members of our group enjoyed some fine, American cuisine (cheeseburgers, fries <Hey, those are French!>, chicken & waffles and milkshakes) at the Garden State Diner─what a way to cleanse the palate for some more...

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