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Ramblers Travel to France and Switzerland During Easter Break

Fourteen Loyola sophomores and juniors traveled with French teachers Madame Cathy Kendrigan and Monsieur Thomas Sapp to France and Switzerland during Easter break. After an overnight flight from Chicago to Paris, students visited famous landmarks such as Montmartre, les Invalides, l’Arc de Triomphe, l’Avenue des Champs-Elysées, and the Louvre Museum in the French capital as well as ascending to the top of la Tour Eiffel (on foot for the first two levels, and then by elevator to the top). The group attended Easter Mass in Paris, and they saw Notre-Dame Cathedral, still under scaffolding but being readied for its new reveal just in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Students also enjoyed an authentic dinner one night in homes of local Parisians.
After three days in Paris, students traveled by TGV to Strasbourg, a French city on the German border. The group enjoyed the delights of Alsace, including an evening boat ride and climbing to the top of Strasbourg’s famous cathedral, and they saw some of the buildings belonging to the Parliament of the European Union. Students delighted in tasting Alsatian tarte flambée one night, as well.

Finally, the Loyola group spent the last three days in French-speaking Switzerland, including Geneva and Lausanne, both cities surrounded by the Alps. A highlight for the group in Lausanne was a visit to the International Olympic Museum. Others spent their time in Switzerland sampling Swiss chocolate and eating Swiss fondue.

The next trip to France and French-speaking Europe is planned for Easter break 2025!

Loyola Academy offers a variety of trips to foreign destinations in order to enrich the Language Department’s curriculum. Click here for more information about the programs that are available to Loyola students.

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