|Mlle Artiste's backpack|
I visited the memorial to the victims of the Vel d'Hiv after reading about this horrific event in Sarah's Key, a book written by Tatiana de Rosnay (it has also been made into a movie starring Kristin Scott Thomas). It was a round-up of thousands of French Jews in Paris by French policemen on July 16 and 17, 1942. They were held at the vélodrome, an indoor bicycle racing track and stadium (where the 1924 Summer Olympics were held), before being sent to Auschwitz. I knew nothing about this event until I read the book. The memorial is near the Eiffel Tower, along the Seine River, on Quai de Grenelle. At Bir-Hakeim, the nearby métro station, there is a memorial plaque, also. (Many thanks to Wikipedia and to a new blog I've discovered, Le Blog, for historical facts.)
Being wined and dined aboard a boat on the Seine at night was not a bad way to end the January trip. While I always take the kiddies on a night time boat ride, a dinner cruise was a first for me.
|Très élégant, n'est-ce pas? Just a bit of kir royale left in my glass...|
|Foie gras and figs... pure heavenly delight|
My student trip will take place in March, 6 nights in Paris, followed by 6 nights with our exchange families in Provence. I have 20 brave little darlings signed up. This will be the first time we've had an exchange in several years. I am very, very pleased about this. A French teacher's dream-- to have her students speaking French with "real" French people and seeing firsthand how they live. And I get to stay with Mme P (oui, chef!). She stayed with me last spring and we had a grand time exploring Durham and cooking together.
But back to the January trip... I will leave Paris after three days, jump (maybe literally since I am so excited to be doing this!) on the TGV and head for Nîmes, then over to Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, where I will spend four days with Mme P, visiting her school and meeting the students who will host mine in March (thank you, Durham Academy!!). I plan to take my brand-spanking-new iPad 2 with me and skype with my 8th graders while there. Trop cool, non?
And last, but certainly not least, the BFF and I have put together a trip for "girls" to Paris and Provence for 10 days in July 2012. This is something we have talked about for a couple of years. She came over to visit me twice while I was living in Arles. She and Mo are my grape-stomping buddies. Mo came over, too, and has signed on for a third trip with us!
|Wine Authorities trip to Grove Winery 2010|
So, I have much to dream about and plan.
2012 will be a good year!
Bon appétit, 2012 and Paris!