Thurston students explore French culture on trip
A group of students at Thurston Middle School recently took an eight-day trip to Paris, Normandy and Brittany, France, where they were led on a private, customized tour as they explored French culture.
"The purpose of the trip was to extend the students' understanding and appreciation of French culture, as well as to immerse for a week in the French language," Thurston teacher and chaperone Randi Beckley said.
The group visited famous monuments of Paris, including Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, where they enjoyed a delicious French dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel, the restaurant on the first floor of the tower.
The highlight in Brittany was a tour of the immense Mont St. Michel, completely surrounded by quicksand.
In Normandy, they visited the hometown and memorial of Joan of Arc, the Caen Peace Museum and the American Cemetery.
Beckley said the students were humbled to sit amid burial sites of fallen heroes of WWII at the cemetery.
"The students all grew tremendously through this experience. It was so fun to watch them explore France, some for the first time, and to become more enchanted with the beauty, history, and significance of French culture," Beckley said. "One of my fondest moments on the trip was stopping along the side of the road in Brittany to sample some local oysters, completely on the whim of one of our students. Taking students to France is truly the highlight of my profession."
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