Despite an abbreviated stay in France, the senior class maximized on two days spent in Paris, Bayeux and the Normandie beaches. The rain and cold reigned in Paris, but didn't dampen the group's spirits! A bus tour provided a thorough and sometimes comical summary of the last kings of France and the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The students and chaperones also had the privilege of seeing the Louvre, the Cathedral Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Dome Church, the Military School where Napoleon studied as an adolescent, the Champs Elysees, and the Arc de Triomphe during the tour. In the charming town of Bayeux a few hours north of Paris, the group enjoyed shopping, then spent the following day with an incredible tour guide on the Gold, Utah, and Omaha Beaches where the American troops landed in 1944. These sites were the foundation of an elaborate military machination designed to liberate France from German occupation during WWII. This all day discovery of the sacrifice, faith, resilience, and ingenuity of our American soldiers and leaders was ultimately the most memorable day for many travelers. After the tour, the group had the unique opportunity to dine in the home of an American expatriate living in Bayeux with her French husband. Authentic, homemade French cuisine, desserts and coffee accompanied by first-hand discovery of the state of affairs in France resulted in an enriching experience for students and chaperones alike.