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My Year in Belle France

Taking a magnificent Eurotour

May 17, 2013
Sierra Parker , The Daily Mining Gazette

I recently got back home (to France, that is) from an incredible trip that allowed me be to get a glimpse of life in six European countries I wasn't necessarily familiar with. I left Auch on a Thursday afternoon to spend the night with a fellow Rotary exchange student, a Mexican girl, at her host family's house in Toulouse. We left the following morning by high-speed train (one of France's specialties), destination Paris. From there, the adventure began: we met up with 50-some other exchange students from all over France, and climbed aboard the bus that would carry us from one major city to the next for nearly two weeks. We started with a short bus tour around Paris, stopping for photo shoots in front of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame, bien sr (of course). We then made the trip to Reims, France, where we stayed the night before heading to Strasbourg the following morning. In Strasbourg, we ate flammekueche (a pizza-like dish, but with fresh cream instead of tomato sauce, typical of the Alsace region of France), and took a guided boat tour of the city. The next day we arrived in Nuremberg, Germany, known for having been the center of Nazi propaganda. We visited World War II sites, including an arena where Hitler often gave speeches, but also Nuremberg's beautiful castle and "old town." We also enjoyed a delicious, typically German lunch of sausages and sauerkraut!



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