Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saying Au Revoir ~ Bye Bye, Paris!

Today was our last class and last day together as a group.  We gathered at ACCENT to review what we've learned and to enjoy a goodbye party.  

After indulging in French treats, we opened end-of-semester gifts.  Because these came from Professor Mitchell, they were – not surprisingly – books!

Last but not least, we played a board game designed just for us.  Each team had a Métro pass marker to advance after correctly answering questions based on what we've learned this semester.  Landing on some spots (Overslept, back three!  Forgot to Charge Cellphone, back one!) meant moving backwards, whereas other spots (Worked in the American Library in Paris All Day, move up three!  Lire Journal Français, move up one!) meant jumping ahead. Sites included the Picasso Museum, the Louvre, Montmartre, Rue de Rivoli, and the Rodin Museum but also favorite eateries (Jardin Continis, the Algerian bakery, the fondue restaurant, and crêperies) as well as group trips (Chartres, Versailles, Mont St-Michel, St Malo, Normandy, Giverny, and Fontainebleau).

All four teams made great progress toward the finish line of ACCENT after answering questions such as …  

Who led the liberation of Paris?  When was Algeria granted independence?  Who was the President of France before François Hollande?  The hardest fought battle of Normandy took place on which beach?  Who was defeated in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu?  When did France first use the Euro?  Which country declared its national unity in the Hall of Mirrors?  What happened on July 14, 1789?  When did the Fifth Republic begin?  When did the three cafeterias of the House of Representatives officially change the name of French fries to freedom fries?  Who led the French resistance against the Nazis from abroad?  

We were all sad to say goodbye -- to each other, to ACCENT, and to Paris.  Au Revoir!

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