My mother is a high school French teacher and brought over nine lovely students during their spring break a couple of weeks ago. The students first spent five days in Chartres living with families, and then three full days touring Paris. Their three days fell on the last Friday of my contract, and then the following weekend, so I was able to be accepted as a second chaperone during the Paris portion of the trip. I packed up my things on Thursday night and then headed to my friend Marou’s in Issy-les-Molineaux, and then to Montparnesse on Friday morning, where I successfully located the hotel. Then, I made my way to the train station and waited on the platform. It had been about eight months since I left the United States and I realized that I was actually quite nervous to see my mother. However, there were thankfully massive hugs and smiles upon our reunion.
Our three days included scheduled visits to Le Louvre, Le Musée d’Orsay, La Tour Eiffel, Saint Chapelle, and Les Invalides. We made visits on our own to Notre Dame, Le Centre Pompidou, Monmartre, Montparnesse, Les Tullieries, Arc de Triomphe, Place de La Concorde, and Champs Elycees. I knew after chaperoning a trip to Wales that I would enjoy chaperoning Paris, but, really, had an absolute wonderful time teaching the American students about Paris, using the metro, and experiencing some of the things I haven’t been able to do since I was a student myself. It’s amazing to watch their eyes light up as they learn and see study they saw in class in real time.
During my mother’s time in Paris she also got to meet my host mother and brother, which meant the world to me. This family adopted me into theirs and I couldn’t have been more grateful that they were able to come together.