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    2012-2013 French Exchange Photo Journal
    Mercredi le 27 mars
    Le retour.  Safe flight home.  An excellent trip.
    Lundi et Mardi le 25 et 26 mars
    After a difficult goodbye to wonderful French host families, the group took the TGV to Paris.
    La Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, L'Arc de Triomphe, Le Louvre, le Bateau Mouche, .....
    L'Arc de T
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    Vendredi le 22 mars
    First stop....les halles.  Les Halles is the covered farmer's market in Avignon.  Students had a guided tour of the different fresh produce stands.  Guided by a local chef, the students cooked a tian de legumes, two types of olive tapenade and an anchoiade.
    les halles  
    After our cooking lesson and lunch, we enjoyed the nice weather and walked through the town.  Here is the group posing in front of the statue of Provencal poet, Theodore Aubanel (for whom our French partner high school is named) in one of the town's gardens.
    At 14h, we toured le palais des papes.  Our afternoon tour concluded with a dance on le pont d'Avignon.
    pont d'avignon  
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    Jeudi le 21 mars
    A beautiful day in Provence.  Students visited a local radio station. 
    Next we saw famous paintings by Van Gogh and Cezanne at Musee Angladon in Avignon.
    We took a bus to Les Baux de Provence in the afternoon.  Students saw an amazing light and music show about impressionism in the Mediterranean region.  The show took place in an old Roman quarry.  Next we visited a medieval chateau and the village of
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    mercredi le 20 mars
    Morning boat ride through the Calanques in Cassis.
    Followed by a three course lunch at a culinary school. 
    Last stop of the day was a special exhibit in Marseille about the history of the region.
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    mardi le 19 mars
     A beautiful day in Provence.  First stop was the Haribo candy factory and museum.  Students toured the museum and learned about candy production.
    After a delicious lunch, we visited the Pont du Gard.   
    Last stop of the day was a reception to honor the exchange between Penncrest and lycée Aubanel at
    la mairie (town hall).
    At 19h, students and families celebrated the exchange at a special dinner at lycee Aubanel.

    Pont du gard  
    La mairie  
    Aubanel lobby
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    lundi le 18 mars
    The day began in the school foyer where students shared stories about their many wonderful adventures and discoveries over the weekend in their host families. Then after some pains au chocolat and orientation at the lycee, the students took a tour of the school.
    Following the tour, students attending classes with their host student. 
    Bravo Alex for your wonderful oral presentation in French during class today!  You made us proud.
    In the afternoon, the group learned about the rich history of Avignon.learning about Avignon
    Following the presentation, we had a walking tour of the town.
    Voici some students in front of the Papal palace.
    walking tour Avignon
    The day ended with a birthday celebration...
    Joyeux Anniversaire to Maya and Wendy! Tomorrow we will tour a Roman aqueduct and a French candy factory...miam!A demain!
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    Jeudi le 14 mars et vendredi le 15 mars
    Bon Voyage!
    After a year of planning and preparations, it was finally time to travel to France.  After an overnight flight from Philadelphia to London, students grabbed a quick lunch in Heathrow airport before our connecting flight to Marseille. 
    After an hour long bus ride to Avignon, smiles were everywhere.  Hugs and kisses abounded as students were reunited with their French
    and met their host families for the first time.  These happy reunions took place with the 14th century ramparts and Pont d'Avignon as a backdrop.
     Pont d'Avignon l'arrivee
     Students will spend the weekend in their host families.  Monday we will visit the French
    lycée and attend some classes. 
    In the afternoon we will take a tour of the medieval town of Avignon.
    Bon week-end!