France 1969: a student tour

Including Paris, Nice, Cannes and Loire

Travel and Tourism, Vacation Guide
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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.
These photos start in France. We took the Hovercraft ferry across the Channel and then a train to Paris. The photos are scanned from Polaroid prints and I suspect that I gave many of the best ones away during the trip.
We arrived the night before Bastille Day and got up early for the mass crowd scene at the Champs-Elysées military parade.
We visited the Louvre and Versaille Palace.

Champs-Elysées Paris France 1969 Madeleine church Paris 1969 Gregory besides Seine July 26, 1969 Louvre Venus Paris 1969 Louvre Samothrace Paris 1969 Versailles France 1969 Versailles interior ceiling France 1969 Versailles Hall of Mirrors 1969

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.

Return to Paris in Rain 1969 Sangria and Spanish Dancing 1969 acting goofy Paris 1969

We visited the chéteau of Chenonceaux, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois and Amboise in the Loire Valley.

Chenonceaux, Loire France 1969 Chenonceaux, Loire France 1969
Azay-le-Rideau, Loire France 1969 Loches Castle Dungeons

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.

Avignon Palace France 1969 Avignon Palace France 1969 Avignon City Walls France 1969
on Avignon City Walls France 1969 the Roman Amphitheatre in Arles 1969 the Roman Amphitheatre in Arles 1969
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)
French beach Cannes 1969

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