Today in class we gave presentations on our independent site visits of places in Paris that capture in some way the American presence in the city over the past centuries. We learned about a wide variety of memorials, monuments, residences, cafés, and even a famous chain of fast food restaurants. Site visits included Pershing Hall, the Children's Statue of Lafayette, Les Deux Magots Café, Harry's Bar, the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur, the Hôtel de Valentinois (Benjamin Franklin's former residence and printing press), a statue of Rochambeau, and McDonalds.
Not only did we enhance our knowledge of the long history of Franco-American political, diplomatic, military, and cultural relations, but we honed our public presentation skills. (Left above is Annie presenting on the Children's Statue of Lafayette. Directly to the left, Tessla is explaining the architectural influence of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur. To the right, Meredith is unfolding the history and cultural significance of McDonalds in France.)