Easton’s French Club prepares for Paris adventure

15 years ago

   EASTON — The Easton High School French Club students are preparing for their upcoming 10-day trip to France in June under the direction of Mary Ruth Nichols, French teacher.     The experience begins in Paris with guided tours of several monuments including the Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame, L’Arc de Triomphe, the Paris Opera, the Pompidou Center, and the Conciergerie where many were imprisoned during the French Revolution, including Marie Antoinette, Danton and Robspierre.  
    The second day in Paris will be spent visiting the sumptuous Palace of Versailles and enjoying the Trianon Gardens and fountains. The day ends with a special meal at the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant, ALTITUDE 95.  
    The group will then travel to visit the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres and then on to the Loire Valley where they will visit the beautiful Renaissance Chateaux of Chenonceau and Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried in the chapel. As the group travels south toward the Mediteranean Sea, the landscape changes to limestone plateaux. This is the land of medieval towns such as Bastiac, Domme and Rocamadour where one can easily envision knights in armor, ladies with tall pointed caps like the chateaux towers, goats grazing and delicacies like truffles and goose liver pate readily available on a walking tour.  
    The group will spend part of the afternoon in the town of Carcassonne, noted for the largest fortified walled city in Europe. An awesome treat will be visiting the Lascaux Cave museum in the Perigord area where the pre-historic cave drawings were discovered in 1940 by four young boys out rabbit hunting.  
    The tour will conclude in the south of France in the old city of Marseille which boasts the largest seaport in France.
    From the old port one can see the Chateau d’If where the Count of Monte Cristo was said to be imprisoned according to Alexandre Dumas’ novel. If you have any questions, call Mrs. Nichols at 488-7702 or at home, 473-7707.