TICONDEROGA-A group of Ticonderoga students and adults recently visited France, taking in Paris, Provence and Nice.
The group traveled with the Explorica Educational Tour Company. The students involved were Amanda Charlton, Megan Scuderi, Katelyn Mercer, Autumn Olcott, Megan Campney, Miranda Davis, Harley Trudeau, Brooke Nadeau, Jeanette Coon, Kylie Austin, Marissa Thompson, Andrea Russell, Megan Schryer, Michael LaFountain, Martin Glazer, Wesley Porter, Joe Gonyea and Matt Nolan. The adults who traveled were Kari Millard, Heather York, Alicia Coon, Mark Russell, Tammy Snyder and Erin Dedrick.
"The leader of the tour was a very funny Frenchman with ties to Africa named Pierre Cotinaud," Millard said. "He led the tour with a red light saber through France. The group found every popular site to see easily because of the red wand."
In Paris the group visited major monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Les Invalides, L'Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, Le Louvre, La Place des Vosges and Le Jardin de Luxembourg. The group also cruised the Seine River at dusk where they were able to see Paris is at night. The students walked through some of the major districts in Paris, like the Marais, which is known for its shopping and hidden treasures like mansions restored into museums. They traveled by TGV, the world's second fastest train to the south of France.
The group was booked at an all-inclusive resort for the stay in Provence. Provence is known for its Roman ruins and lavender fields. They visited the Pont du Gard Aqueduct, used in a VW Bug commercial a few years ago, the Arena in N mes and a Roman temple.
They spent a few hours shopping in Avignon after visiting the Pont d'Avignon, a bridge that was never finished and only goes halfway across a river, and the Palais des Papes or Palace of the Popes, as well as in Les Baux de Provence, a medieval hilltop village.