Courtney Spikes and Dr. Michele Fine designed and organized "Ten Days in Paris." The travel study trip was led by Dr. Fine, who also taught FRE 194 during the trip. Students enrolled in FRE 194, as well as Humanities graduate students, earned course credit.
The trip included round-trip, direct to Paris airfare on Air France, ground transportation to and from airport, hotel, all breakfasts and five group meals. Also included a Seine river cruise, guided tours of the Louvre Museum, the Paris Opera house as well as private coach excursions to the chateaus of Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte.
We stayed at the three-star Hotel Ibis La Villette, overlooking the famous 19th-century canals and across from one of the largest parks in Paris. Also near the charming lake, grotto and waterfall of the Buttes Chaumont gardens.
"I cannot stress enough how amazing this experience was and how powerful the learning became in this environment, seeing the places where moments in history were made, with Courtney's enthusiastic lecture and Michelle's ability to break-down the cultural differences to a class of American's gave us an appreciation and understanding we would not have had any other way. I retained information that I would not have expected and found myself discussing this with friends at length after my trip. Not only did I learn and receive credit for this class but it offered me a once in a lifetime memory that is to me, priceless."
- P. Monroe, Weekend College Student
"I normally detest 'tour groups,' but this was not your run of the mill tour! The schedule was detailed and organized, yet I never felt constrained. Our valuable time was never wasted and it seemed that every turn presented another rich experience for the eyes, ears, and the taste buds. Oh, the food!
Thank you both for all of your hard work! I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Take care and VIVE LA FRANCE!"
- K. Urdang, Weekend College Alumna
"As I think back a year ago to when I participated in 'Ten Days in Paris,' I can't help but smile. This Parisian holiday was one of the best of my life. I couldn't have picked a travel-study trip more wisely. Not only did I learn about the history of Paris with lectures and site tours but I got to see and experience life there as though I had been a resident of this great city.
This trip was extremely organized, down to each minute we were together as a group, yet we had time to go off on our own and see the city (or in my case the countryside) if we wanted to. I appreciated the structure of the trip yet also the freedom to do things by ourselves or in smaller groups.
I would highly recommend this Parisian adventure to my family and friends without hesitation. I loved our time together and hope to travel with you again someday.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!"
- L. Weisman, Weekend College Graduate