Host Family Immersion in Hyeres

The kids had a blast with their French families! They enjoyed being integrated into “daily French life” – from homemade croissants and quiches to Bastille Day family celebrations and fireworks, the kids were made to feel very welcome in their new “homes”! Many of the families have boats so some of the kids were lucky enough to take day trips to nearby islands such as Porquerolles as well as cruise and schmooze with the chic French in Saint Tropez. Most of all they were speaking only in French so without a doubt their language skills are improving fast! They were  sad to say goodbye to their French families this morning and have hopefully built some lasting relationships that will not soon be forgotten!

Just arrived in Paris today!


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The final day of the trip!

On our last day in Paris we got up early and headed to Versailles. We explored the beautiful château and then had a yummy picnic in the Versailles gardens. We then headed back to Paris for our last dinner together at an authentic creperie.

This trip was a great experience. Everyone is much more at ease speaking French and loved exploring so many different cities and towns in France. We will all miss the new friends we’ve made during this unforgettable journey! 


all the girls dressed up for our last dinner in Paris


picnic lunch in the Versailles gardens,



enjoying some delicious crepes.


the girls in the town of Versailles


In front of the château de Versailles


The hall of mirrors inside the château,

Paris July 23rd

Today we started with a trip to Montmartre, visiting a park with a wall where I love you is written in every language. Next we visited Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre. We then walked and visited some of the places where the film Amelie was shot and saw the famous Moulin Rouge. Then it was time to shop! We went to Galeries Lafayette and took advantage of the sales. Finally we had dinner and and a trip down the Seine in a bateau mouche. Quelle journee! 

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Paris July 22nd

Today we went to Notre dame cathedral then the love lock bridge that is just behind the church. After that we walked around the Latin quarter, visiting the famous bookstore Shakespeare and company and place Saint Michel. We then went to musee d’orsay where we saw famous works by artists such as Monet, Degas and Van Gogh. To end the day we went up the Eiffel tower, taking lots of pictures and enjoying a great view of Paris.


The Eiffel Tower!


musee d’orsay


Place St. Michel


Mariana & Valentina in front of famous bookstore Shakespeare and Company


The girls on the love lock bridge with Notre dame in the background.

Paris July 21st

After taking the train from Toulon and saying goodbye to our host families, we arrived in Paris! We visited the Louvre and saw famous works of art like the Mona Lisa. After that we took a walk through Tuileries gardens and then up Champs-Elysees for some shopping and to see the Arc de Triomphe.



In front of the Louvre


On the champs-elysees


At Place de la Concorde


The girls relaxing in jardin des tuileries.