France study abroad participants were able to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with a visit to Pointe du Hoc, an important World War II landmark, located on a cliff eight miles west of Normandy American Cemetery, which overlooks Omaha Beach, France.
Twenty-four individuals were able to enjoy a trip to France during Stanly Community College’s (SCC) annual study abroad program. “From June 15-23, students and community members explored France and experienced stunning landscape, beaches, countryside and culture,” commented Liane Honeycutt, Spanish and French Instructor and Global Education Liaison for Stanly Community College.
The trip started in Paris, where participants walked around, enjoyed the endless delights of Paris and rested after traveling. On the next day, travelers visited Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Then, the tour headed to the Chateau de Chambord, largest castle in the Loire Valley, followed by a wine tasting in the gorgeous city of Tours.
Travelers continued to explore the Loire Valley, visiting the Chateau de Chenonceau across the river Cher, then to the Chateau d’Amboise to witness the residence whose king Francois I introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. Next, travelers headed to the Mont Saint Michel in Brittany, rising from the sea on a mighty rock, one of the most recognizable landmarks in France. After walking around, the participants went to Normandy where they spent the night.
On the next day, participants saw the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Then, they turned their attention to World War II and a visit to the D-Day beaches, Sainte Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery and Memorial. On their way back to Paris, participants stopped in Giverny where they were able to visit Claude Monet’s former house, and eat dinner in a French Bistro in Paris.
Participants were able to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried, the Latin Quarter and the lively Opera district.
Plans are underway for next year’s study abroad trip to Costa Rica scheduled from June 1-10, 2020. Information will be available on the College’s website at https://www.stanly.edu/international-education when the itinerary is finalized. Additionally, beginning Fall 2019, Mrs. Honeycutt will be teaching French classes.
SCC students stand in front of the famous ParisSorbonne University, one of the oldest universities in the world. It is also where Liane Honeycutt graduated.
SCC group in front of the Eiffel Tower.