Lincoln-Way Students Take Educational Tour of France
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Twenty students from Lincoln-Ways four high schools traveled to France from June 10-18 for an educational field trip to practice their language skills, experience the culture and learn about the countrys history.

It is one thing to learn about the French culture in the classroom, but nothing compares to seeing it in person, said French teacher and trip sponsor Dawn Floyd.

Students practiced French at the market, on the train and during several walking tours, said Floyd. Students spent much of the time learning about French history and art and discovering the differences between the French capital city and the rural regions of the Loire Valley and Normandy.

During the trip, students enjoyed a picnic in the Parc Monceau and a walking tour of the Ile de la Cit, Ile St. Louis & Latin Quarter. In the Loire Valley, students saw the Renaissance castles of Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord and learned about the history of the French kings and queens who built and lived in them.

The trip included a train ride to Versailles where students shopped at a French market and took a bike tour through the gardens of Versailles.

In Versailles, students received a history lesson from a tour guide about the Roi Soleil and the kings descendants who lived at the palace, took a tour of the Domaine de Marie Antoinette, a village where she would pretend to live an idealized peasant life and visited the interior of the Great Palace before returning to Paris for a couscous dinner.

There was so much to pack into the trip, but we wanted students to get the full experience, said French teacher Lisa Goetsch. The trip was rich in history and really added to students depth of knowledge.

In Paris, students took a bus tour of the major monuments, toured the Louvre Museum, stopped at the Luxembourg Gardens, and visited the Fragonard perfume museum.

Students traveled to Deauville and Honfleur to observe the architecture of Normandy and the beautiful resort towns on the coast. They viewed Paris from above during their trip to the Eiffel Tower and discovered 19th century art at the Muse dOrsay.

Students visited the gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny and said goodbye to Paris with a visit to Montmartre and the Basilique du Sacr Coeur.

They also visited the Latin Quarter and took an evening river cruise on the Seine. While in Paris, students learned how to travel by mtro and by city bus.

One of the highlights was visiting with a group of school children in Montmartre but overall students received a full glimpse into life in France, Floyd said.

Students who went on the trip include Julia Pickham, Dana Knight, Heather Wirth, Mycala Smith, and Erin Strache from Lincoln-Way Central; Madison Bloomfield, Jacquelyn Mlinarcik, Cameron Theodour, Erin Shea, Hannah Stovall, Kayla Groen and Emily Ebers from Lincoln-Way East; Margaret Ciszek, Hailey Staunton, Ailish Murphy, Emily Mirabella, Dana Searle, and Sean Farmer from North; and Danielle Vargas and Kaitlyn Bodell from Lincoln-Way West.