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Apollo and Tech French Students Visit France

This summer, French students from Tech and Apollo High Schools traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to explore the northern half of France. They put their language skills to the test as they ordered fresh pastries at local bakeries, explored artistic masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and navigated Paris' subway system.

After experiencing central Paris, the group left for the countryside to explore various castles in the Loire Valley, the fortified port of Saint-Malo (birthplace of Jacques Cartier) and climbed Mont- Saint- Michel, the steep island monastery off the northern shore of France.

Students also spent a day visiting various WWII sites along Omaha Beach, the site of American efforts on D-Day. At Pointe du Hoc, students stood inside a German observation bunker on the cliffside as they learned about the 200 American Rangers who scaled the steep cliffs to secure this crucial site for the Allies. The day ended by paying respects for the fallen heroes at the American Cemetery in Normandy.

The trip ended with the picturesque gardens at Claude Monet's countryside estate, dinner in the Eiffel Tower, and a final boat ride down the central river of Paris.