Learning by experience
Say what you will about us having high expectations, but we really want to return with the same number of students we left with. Mr. Keleher insisted on that this time, so you can imagine what was going through our heads when the metro trains doors closed and we watch two familiar faces disappear as we sped away on our day's journey. We had a quick discussion about what to tell Andrew. There was some debate about our next move. The students insisted on a vote and the majority wanted us to wait for them. Luckily, the metro stragglers listened to prior instructions and they showed up on the next train.
Now the students board much faster.
Prior to that minor event we had a wonderful breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, espresso, and more, before we met our fabulous guide, a British French woman who was informative and funny. We started the day with a metro ride to Les Invalides and a walk about: Pont Alexandre III, Les Champs Élysées, La Place de la Concord, l'hotel Sully, and the Jewish district where we had the opportunity to buy sumptuous eclairs from L'eclairs de genie ( as featured in House Hunters International). They were out of this world. After that we had lunch, vacation style (dessert first). Students had to fend for themselves and practise French to get their food.
Another metro ride and we were at Sacre Coeur and La place de Tertre where the artists inhabit the square where Picasso hung out. Surrounded by shops and eateries the students again practised their French and many bought goodies. Then down the hill for a photo opportunity at the Moulin Rouge. More metro experiences without losing anyone and we were at L'opera Garnier for more walking and then a bit of indulgence in the world of the insanely rich, the 120,000€ watch store; Les Galeries Lafayettes. You read that price correctly. Afterwards, another lovely dinner (fish) and a scrumptious dessert.
More metro and walking under the stars to return to our hotel room to catch up on sleep. But before bed time, a twinkling light display of the Eiffel Tower enjoyed for 5 min on the hour each hour and off to bed we said.
Then a knock on the door and an apologetic student stating "We broke a bed. There was an eerie screech and the bed rose up like a ghost". Upon investigation we found that there is a lever that allows the bed to rise several feet for ease of changing the sheets. We want one.
Who knows what adventures await us tomorrow, but rest assured you will hear about them.
Not to worry, there was an adult with the metro stragglers, but the story is much better without mentioning that tidbit.