Paris, France, mostly known as the City of Love, is one of the world’s biggest tourist destination spots. Many people would give a lot for a trip to visit but for five Forbush students this became a reality.
On April 14, just as spring break kicked off, five French class students prepared for take off. After an exhausting but exciting nine-hour flight across the Atlantic, the group reached their destination by Friday morning. Their day started by arriving in Paris and taking a three-hour train ride to Montpellier, where each student met their host family they would be staying with for the majority of the trip. The student’s activities all depended on their host family plans.
Staying with different families allowed the students to get a closer insight on what living in France is actually like. The team put their French skills to the test as some of them conquered school in France. The average school day started at nine in the morning and ended around five in the afternoon. Senior Magaly Mendoza said, “Education in France is extremely different but in a good way! Yes, the days are longer but the concentration the students have in the classroom is amazing, plus everyone gets along great.”
The French group didn’t meet again until two days before their trip ended. In that time the students did different activities. Some went ice skating, shopping and some even went to the Mediterranean Sea for a beach day. Museums were a big activity multiple students went to. They learned more about the history of France and what makes it so special.
After their time with their host families came to an end, the students met back at the train station and together traveled back to Paris for their final two days. The French teacher, Mr. Gladding, saved the best for last, the iconic Eiffel Tower. The students had no words that could express the feelings they had when they finally saw the structure. Together they took the elevator and were all mesmerized by the view of the whole city. To end their final night they had a “goodbye dinner,” they all went to a restaurant and one by one reminisced the highlights of their trip. The next morning they left the City of Love and headed back to their families in America.