A Week in a Review

Bonjour,

Ok so I lied when I said that I would put a post up on Monday…sorry about that. Right now it is Friday evening so I am only four days late (haha)! Well, we have been pretty much on the go non-stop this week. I don’t know what happened this week but we are all excessively tired, hence my lack of posting. I have neither had the energy to go to McDonald’s nor drag someone along to come with me. My lethargy combined with the amount of information that I need to write about has led me to create short little cameos of each day. Hope you enjoy!
Sunday
We went to Cannes by train, some people were fascinated by the double decker trains! Mr. Newman said he saw Emile Hircsh. Everyone frantically ran around the open air market trying to find him. Of course, he was nowhere to be found. Ate lunch at a very fancy restaurant that was right on the beach. It felt like we were in a movie! Headed towards a cheaper private beach to tan for a little bit. Hung out at the Palais and got our picture taken on the red carpet. Became exhausted from the heat and headed back to home to take a quick catnap. Feeling rejuvenated, went back to our favorite square in the old city and ate dinner and had ice cream at Finnochio’s.
Monday
Back to school, quel dommage! Met some new people who came into our classes. Ate a very French lunch (baguettes and brie cheese) mostly because it was very cheap. In the afternoon, went to a new part of Nice called Cimiez. Visited the architecture museum. Saw some ancient Roman ruins, were amazed by the Roman’s knowledge of modern technology and pondered the fact that there are Roman ruins in Nice. Went to the Matisse museum, which was spectacular. Saw a lot of photographs, paintings, and drawings of Lydia D. Observed a church with beautiful renaissance era paintings. Enjoyed the beauty of the park of Cimiez, buzzing with people and lined with olive trees. Ate a tranquil dinner with host families.
Tuesday
School in the morning. A little shopping in the afternoon. Snuck into our teacher’s hotel to go swimming in the rooftop pool which was very quaint and refreshing! Were treated to some ice cream by Mr. Matanes at his favorite ice cream place. Thanks Mr. Newman and Mr. Matanes! Dinner with host families then out for more ice cream at Finnochio’s (we’ve been eating insane amounts of ice cream on this trip but don’t worry, we are walking it all off).
Wednesday
School in the morning. Left school a little early in order to eat lunch and catch a train to Antibes. Arrived in Antibes and were amazed at how beautiful, peaceful, and clean it was. Observed all of the yachts and imagined ourselves in the future when we are rich and own yachts of our own. Had our breath taken away by a view of the sea outside of the Picasso Museum. Entered the Picasso Museum and admired his work.
Thursday
School in the morning. Ate a quick lunch and departed for Monaco around 2:00.
Arrived in Monaco. Were overwhelmed by the heat and insane amount of tourists. Marveled at the palace and visited a museum of oceanography. Sprinted to catch a train home and crowded into a train that had no air conditioning. Dinner with host families. Went out to have a good-bye gathering for Claire who is leaving tomorrow morning so that she can be home in time to lead a service project at home.
Friday
Last day of school. Were sad to say goodbye to some new friends and our teachers. Ate a nice sit-down lunch on Rue Jean-Medcin. Went to the Museum of Modern art and absolutely loved it! Saw works by Andy Warhol and Cristo. Got some ice cream. Said goodbye to Hallie and Carolyn who both have different travel schedules then the rest of the group (Good luck getting home Hallie and have fun in Provence Carolyn) Last dinner with host families. Time to start packing!
This is my last post and I don’t think I will be missing McDonals’s so much! Thanks to everyone who has been following the blog, I hope you will help support Pace’s Global Education Program as it has given us a wonderful opportunity. We are leaving tomorrow afternoon for a flight to Rome and then after a night in Rome we are headed back to Atlanta in the morning. Wish us luck! Let’s hope we don’t have the same experience as we did coming here.
I just want to say a huge thank you to Ms. Anderson, Mr. Newman, Mr. Matanes, Mr. Gannon and Mr. Assaf for making this trip possible. We have all had so much fun and have learned so much from this trip. I personally have learned that I want to keep studying French in college, and I know that we all had the time of our lives. This is a trip we will always remember.
Bon Voyage,
Jordan

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