Yesterday, we met with the students traveling with us to France next summer. Some have already traveled there, others not. Regardless of their past experiences, though, they just seemed so *excited*. (Which, of course, they should be )
Their excitement has me reminiscing about some of my first French and Parisian experiences …
Like visiting Mont St Michel, a “floating” monastery in Normandy …
Are you familiar with it? You’ll notice in the first shot shot it seems as though built upon a beach, but in the second …
… engulfed in water. Its tides really are that dramatic! You have to be militant about walks around there so as not to, literally, be swept away by the dramatic ebbs and flows of the tides.
Learning to navigate the Paris métro was another biggie for me at the beginning .
… Concorde remains one of my favorites, what with the tiled letters providing
hours minutes of entertainment. How many can you find here?
Some things were less dramatic, like finding my favorite neighborhood boulangerie ..
… perfecting the late afternoon/early evening aperitif …
… or always greeting a store owner upon entering …
… That’s a joke. But if a dog owned the store, you would definitely be expected to greet him or her, in the formal form.
I’m so excited for the kids to uncover other nuggets of French culture, and to unearth some new ones for myself. (I’ll be doing a home stay for the first time in over a decade! I’m so old!)
Vive la France et surtout l’été 2013 !