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France 1969: a student tour
Including Paris, Nice, Cannes and Loire
Travel and Tourism, Vacation Guide
|A student group trip through France -- and a little bit of England.|
|In 1969 I was a 16 year old student living in Vancouver, Canada. I saved my newspaper delivery profits and joined a student trip to England and France. There was about 20 Vancouver students from several high schools. We all had high school French lessons and we looked forward to taking a week of French lessons in Paris.|
We flew into Heathrow Airport outside London on July 12th.
On the way back we had a daylong bus tour to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle and flew back to Vancouver on August 15.
This was the summer we learned to have fun. We drank mass quantities of wine and danced. The day when we travelled back from Chartres we sang a masterful version of Those Were The Days while the bus ran through heavy rain. It was definately one of the best days of my life.
We visited the chéteau of Chenonceaux, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois and Amboise in the Loire Valley.
Nights were spent in school dormitories or hostels. Days were spent sightseeing in places like the Pope's Palace in Avignon or the Roman Amphitheatre in Arles.
|We spent several days in Cannes. I met some French kids from Cannes, Grenoble and Paris.
We hung out on the beach and I snuck out one night. We drank a beer and hit the disco. We managed to nurse an extremely expensive lemonade last for hours. It was a great time.
(André Vernier, Joane Chamiot-Clerc and Jean-René)
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