Well, I finally got them all arranged, sorta. I am a moron at Photobucket, but after several hours of finagling finally got them uploaded; so if they're rotated funny or whatever you'll just have to deal.
They are also in reverse chronological order from the trip; i.e. the first pictures you'll see are of our return flight to the US.
So if you want them in order, the link starts at page 12 (yes, 12). Start in the lower right and go backwards from there.
I put little notes on most of them telling what they are. I took a zillion pictures and most of them will probably be boring unless you're somewhat familiar with France. Since this photobucket page will also be available to my students, I put all the pictures up there so they could choose any they wanted copies of. So I apologize for the vast, repetitive numbers of many photos.
No, I am not in any of them. I was behind the camera the whole time. But now I have a digital camera, so I can post a new picture or two of me if you're curious.
Our trip was two weeks long, and included a few days in Paris, a week touring south to the region of Provence
which is my favorite part of France and is incidentally where my character Alumette is from.
After our week in Provence, we went back to Paris for a week, where my students stayed with French families and I had a chance to explore the city to find new classroom materials, improve my French, visit museums, etc.
I traveled with nine students, all in French III or higher. They are all really motivated students and I was so proud of how they approached this trip. It was really cool as a teacher to see them using their French in authentic environments, learning teamwork, growing as people, taking risks, and learning so many of the "intangibles" that they could never get in the classroom. As a teacher, that was absolutely exhilerating to observe and I can't describe what a meaningful, awesome thing it was. They made me so proud.
While in Provence, we visited
An atelier de santons
in the Camargue
The Pont du Gard
St. Paul de Vence
with its lovely perfume factory and an artisanal distillery which I will definitely be visiting again...
As a highlight, we also completely by accident visited the small town of Biot
, which I had never visited before, but after some internet research when coming up with Alumette's background, chose for her birthplace. I was originally going to ask our tour guide to point it out to me if we happened to drive past it, but before I could ask her, she said to me, "We have some extra time tomorrow afternoon, and there's a delightful little town nearby called Biot. Would you like to squeeze it in to our itinerary?" It was quite serendipitous, and actually ended up being one of the highlights of the trip, for me and the kids (no, none of them know anything about my CoH life). I felt very geeky, but it was very cool. They have a significant glassblowing trade there, so I got a few photos of the glassblowers at work in their workshop.
I think that about covers it. Oh. While my kids were with their French families, I took a side trip to Giverny
which is between Paris and Normandy, and is where Monet's home and beautiful gardens are located. I also visited quite a few cafes to watch the World Cup games and hang with the locals.
All in all, it was a good, but exhausting, trip. I'm glad to be back.