Une Aventure en France

Paris, Normandie & Bretagne | Virtual Tour
Paris - Eiffel Tower Day

DAY 1: PARIS

  • Bienvenue en France! Upon arrival in Paris, meet your Forum Tour Manager, Cindy, a Parisian native.
  • Before starting your adventure, Cindy will give you a copy of this ‘cheat sheet’ by French Blablabla, with useful French phrases to help you navigate your way through the City of Light!
  • In the morning, take a virtual tour of the Musée du Louvre, the world’s largest art museum. Its famous collection of art and antiquities includes the Mona Lisa and 35,000 other works of art on display in 300 rooms.
  • In the afternoon, board a bateau mouche (riverboat) for an unforgettable cruise on the Seine River. Practice your comprehension skills while on board with these listening exercises by TV5Monde.
  • Afterward, climb the virtual steps to reach the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre’s hilltop church, and enjoy a 360º tour of the famous landmark.
  • Listen to La Bohème by Charles Aznavour and discover the Bohemian lifestyle of past artists in Montmartre!
  • Spend the evening immersed in the enchanting world of Amélie and her traveling gnome in Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain.
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DAY 2: PARIS | GIVERNY | ROUEN

  • Start your day with a French treat by preparing your own Pain Perdu (from A Spicy Perspective), also known as French toast!
  • Next visit the blooming gardens of Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, the inspiration for many of his famous paintings.
  • If you are artistically inclined, color in the lines of his famous painting, Le déjeuner, with Dessine moi une histoire.
  • Prefer admiring art rather than creating it? Scroll through this dope Instagram account created by an Italian art student which showcases masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, and other French impressionists (Museo Virtuale, Instagram).
  • In the afternoon, visit Rouen to discover the legacy of the French heroine Joan of Arc (It’s History), who, at just 19 years old, led numerous battles against the English during the Hundred Years’ War before being captured and burned at the stake in Rouen.
Normandy coastline

DAY 3: ARROMANCHES | D-DAY BEACHES

  • Visit the site of the D-Day landing. Did you know the beaches are named after the code names they were given during Operation Neptune on June 6th, 1944?
  • Listen to this podcast by Chris Hattingh to learn more about “le débarquement”.
  • Then, read “10 things you might not know about the Normandy invasion” (Keiligh Baker, BBC News, 5 June 2019).
  • In the evening, watch episode six of Netflix´s “Greatest Events of WWII in Color” to see colorized footage of the day’s historic events.
Mont Saint Michel Abbey in daytime

DAY 4: MONT ST-MICHEL | ST-MALO

  • After breakfast, drive to the 1000-year-old Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel and enjoy spectacular views of the abbey filmed with a drone. Built atop a rock island where the powerful tides crash onto the sandbanks between Normandy and Brittany, this masterpiece of medieval architecture is one of the most unforgettable sights in Europe.
  • In the afternoon, why not bake a French apple tart following The Kitchn’s recipe?
  • Later head in the direction of Brittany, a region full of surprises! First, stop in Saint-Malo, a town famous for its seafood. Watch this video and complete the exercises after (TV5Monde).
  • When you find a calm moment, listen to Yann Tiersen’s Comptine d’un autre été, composed by the Breton musician for the movie Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.
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DAY 5: ST-MALO

  • Start your morning preparing some delicious crêpes (by Delish), an easy recipe that will make the whole family happy. Did you know crêpes originally come from Brittany?!
  • Take a quiz on famous French dishes and test your knowledge of French cuisine (Talkin French). Then, brush up on your culinary vocabulary with this other food quiz (Lawless French).
  • Did you know that Brittany belongs to one of the Celtic nations? Along with Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Isle of Man, Brittany held off a complete invasion by the Romans when they reached other parts of continental Europe. Watch this video to hear Breton Celtic music and see some of Brittany’s most emblematic places (Mathieu Maxime Prod).
  • Listen to this playlist if you enjoy Celtic tunes in the Breton language, part of the Celtic language family that includes Gaelic, Welsh and Cornish (Feel Da Viken).
Paris skyline at sunset

DAY 6: PARIS

  • After breakfast, head back to Paris for your last day in France.
  • Enjoy a quick virtual visit of Paris to get your last impression of the city. (You Visit).
  • Later, check out some of the French stereotypes (clichés) and see if you fit any of them (Courrier International)! Are you French at heart?
  • If you find some time for coloring, why not color this lovely image of the famous French rat Ratatouille admiring the Eiffel Tower (Supercoloring)? Or maybe this authentic Parisian café (Melissa Colson)?
  • In the evening board your flight home and watch the “Intouchables”, a French comedy-drama guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
  • Then enjoy some French tunes with this ecclectic Spotify playlist.

What our teachers are saying

Kathryn O., Teacher from Benicia, CA, French Exchange

Thank you for a wonderful experience Forum!! We are grateful for making this exchange possible and partnering schools across the globe. Giving students authentic cultural homestays is a gift of a lifetime.

Phyllis F, Teacher from Woodbridge, VA, French Exchange

We have been working with Forum on this exchange with a high school in Paris since 2009 and each trip has been a success!  We’ve tried to find the right balance between the time the students spend with the family and in school with their exchange partners and the time they spend exploring Paris.