Elder French teacher Heidi Hanks and three Elder students kicked off their summer in a big way - an unforgettable trip to France! Noah Stowe ’17, Logan Chowning ’15, Jake Humphrey ’15 and Mrs. Hanks visited Paris, Versailles, Tours, Loire Valley castles, St Malo, Mont St Michel, Arromanches, D-Day Beaches in Normandy, and Rouen. They departed Cincinnati on June 9th and returned on June 18th.
The students successfully used French in real life to make purchases, order foods, ask for directions, etc. Their trip highlights include: climbing towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, climbing to top of Arc de Triomphe, going to top floor of Eiffel Tower, seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, visiting Versailles (Louis XIV’s castle), preparing pastries with a French chef, visiting a goat farm to learn about sustainable farming and goat cheese production, visiting Mont St Michel (abbey dating back to 900s surrounded by quicksand), walking ramparts in St Malo, visiting the American Cemetery and Omaha beach in Normandy, just to name a few!