Today we left Tours by bus and traveled to Chartres Cathedral. This is the first day it has rained. We have been fortunate to have good weather during our tour. Our guide told us it rains here approximately 200 days each year!
We traveled to Carnac today. At Brittany, our guide Awen helped us understand the history of the megaliths. Students made a circle around one of the largest stones, which weighs 30 tons.
Today we went to Saint-Michel in Normandy France. We learned many history facts about this place. We found out that about eight people are left living on the island. They mostly maintain the grounds. Another interesting fact about the grounds is that “high” tide is really only during a new moon and a full moon. So the water doesn’t get that high until then.
We spent yesterday learning how to make eclairs, Paris-Brest, and some other puff pastries.
This week CCV Now will share updates from the spring study abroad class, the Power of Food, as they journey through France. The class arrived in Paris on Saturday.
With just one week to go in the spring semester, CCV is gearing up for graduation! We’ll celebrate the class of 2018 at this year’s commencement on Saturday, June 2 at Norwich University. In the meantime, here’s the April news!
Gary Taylor served in the military and worked as a police officer after graduating from Burlington High School in 1973. He didn’t think a college degree was all that important. Taylor grew up in a blue collar family with a father who believed that if you didn’t work with your hands, it didn’t count as work.
A CCV student named Ali is speaking French as he scrapes the last serving of a thick and fragrant stew from a casserole dish. A hungry guest wearing a wide grin holds out a bowl.
Paige Perkins is ready to get to work. She has been since she was a junior in high school. She is the kind of person who’s spent a lot of time thinking about what she wants to be when she grows up. “I always thought I wanted to be a forensic psychologist,” she says. “That was my eighth grade project.” And by sophomore year of high school, Perkins had set her sights on becoming a nurse.
“If you asked me three years ago if I would have come to Montpelier to talk about leadership, I would have probably not answered you. When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t the type of guy to go out and do things. I wasn’t really involved in my community,” said Justin Bourdeau. “But when I started taking classes at CCV, I started doing things for my community that I didn’t think I would be doing.”