Originally created 07/25/99

On my summer vacation ...



French teacher Leslie Dawson of Aiken took a group of students from Augusta Christian Day School to London and France in April.

VACATIONER:

Leslie Dawson of Aiken

DESTINATION:

London, Stonehenge, England/Normandy, Loire Valley, Paris

DATE OF TRIP:

Spring break, April

MY TRAVELING COMPANIONS WERE:

14 of my students at Augusta Christian Day School and a chaperone, Bill Byler, and one of the students was my 14-year-old daughter, Kelly.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I SAW WAS:

This is difficult to choose as we saw so much beauty. I felt that Azay le Rideau Castle (one of the Loire Valley Chateaux) was the most beautiful of all I saw.

The American cemetery at Normandy beach was inspiring. It was the most touching and emotional part of the trip for me.

THE UGLIEST OR MOST UNUSUAL THING I SAW WAS:

The grafiti in Paris was in such contrast to the beauty of the old buildings and monuments.

THE BEST THING I ATE WAS:

A roast pork and scalloped potato dinner at the Pub St. Germain in Paris. My students usually had a second dinner at McDonald's! Teen appetites!

THE WORST THING I ATE WAS:

I personally enjoyed our daily breakfast of `crusty' French bread. My students, however, hated it!

THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAPPENED WAS:

The students' interactions with the street performers in the Montmartre section of Paris.

THE BIGGEST INCONVENIENCE WAS:

My group was very efficient, but it was a hassle getting 16 of us on and off the subway -- we were always in a hurry to get somewhere.

THE THING I'LL REMEMBER MOST ABOUT MY TRIP IS:

This trip bonded the 16 of us together. The kids haven't stopped talking about the nine days we spent together, and they all want to return.

ON MY NEXT TRIP, I'M GOING TO:

I'll take another group of students to France over spring break 2001, itinerary to be decided in the fall of '99.