The youth of sister cities Laguna Beach and Menton, France, cemented relations this week.
The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. entertained students from Menton and their two chaperones with dinners at local restaurants, field trips, some free time to browse downtown stores, a pumpkin-decorating party — introducing the kids to American Halloween customs — and joint classes with Laguna Beach High School students.
"The association has had the vision for just this kind of educational and cultural exchange from the very beginning," said Karyn Philippsen, president of the Laguna association. "We look forward to having our students have a similar opportunity to visit Menton."
The students have actually been connected for about 18 months, via real-time Skype in their foreign-language classes: English in Menton, French in Laguna.
"But it is the first time students from the Lycée Pierre et Marie Curie have come to the USA and the first time people from the Association Menton-Laguna Beach have come to Laguna," said Florence Lagache at C'est La Vie for dinner Sunday.