EDISON — Sixteen students from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison left for Paris on March 18, fashionably dressed, anticipating a week-long discovery of the City of Light. Gayle Fredericks, Peter Hoggan, and Jim and Sue Howard led the students through Paris’s labyrinth of subway lines in order to get the most out of seven days in the city.
In one week, the group visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, the Catacombs, Napoleon’s Tomb, Montmartre and Sacred Heart Cathedral, the St. Ouen flea markets, a shopping mall, Bon Marché Department Store, the Luxumbourg Gardens, Versailles, Ile St. Louis and the famous Bertholdi ice cream store and Serge Gainsbourg’s house in St. Germain. The students took many rides in the metro and walked around to discover the sights, smells and sounds of the city. Mme. Fredericks took the group on a surprise outing—a cruise up the Seine and through the Canal St. Martin, under city streets and through several locks.
At times the group was exhausted and cold, but they soldiered on, knowing that this was a unique opportunity to see some of the most significant sites Europe has to offer. Mme. Fredericks was their city guide, explaining the origins and background of Paris’s principal monuments, while Mrs. Howard, the Lower School art teacher, provided the group with a “top-ten” tour of the Louvre.
“Living in Paris, experiencing the French culture, and seeing remarkable museums, palaces, and churches that I learned about through history was an amazing opportunity to have. Our trip to Paris not only gave me unforgettable memories, but it made me want to visit more countries around the world,” Katie Buchbinder of Scotch Plains said.
“The trip to Paris was filled with meeting new friends and making new memories I will never forget,” Emily Wexler of Scotch Plains said.
“The Paris trip was amazing for me,” Tanisha Lakha of Edison added. “It gave me a great opportunity to become friends with people I barely knew and gave me a chance to get a little taste of independence.”
“I think the trip was an amazing success! I had a great time experiencing the culture of another country,” Divya Mehta of Edison said. “I also felt that it deepened my understanding of the French language and significantly improved my speaking ability. It was a dream come true.”
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