Author: Valerie Copelan Collins

Tags : Blogs, Europe, Family Reunion, Food & Wine, France, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Paris

Three generations travel to Paris

In spite of transportation strikes, demonstrations, threats of terrorism and flooding in the Seine, my June 2016 trip to Paris with my daughter, Nikki and eight-year-old grandson, Noah was great. Weather was perfect except for a slight drizzle the first day and the day of departure. Our apartment in the 11th arrondissement, east of the Marais, was very attractive and chic (owned by a Brit photographer) inside, building outside shabby and the “quartier” very funky. Old working class neighborhood turning hipster but no charm. Demonstrators one block away at the Place de la République.
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Author: Tarah Kuhn

Tags: Europe, Exploring, Finalist, France, Paris

How Paris Showed Me the Stars

All the sounds fade away as the doors close and suddenly I am apprehensive, unsure and excited all at once. The elevator is packed with people who have come from all over the world for this moment. No one speaks and in the silence I hear their steady breathing. But we are all too preoccupied to give much thought to each other. Because outside the windows of our tiny elevator is the city of Paris, sparkling in all directions as we ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Author: Olivia Maday

Tags: Europe, Exploring, France, Paris, Quarter Finalist

Illusions of the Past, Beauty of the Present

It was always an alluring mystery as to where we were being lead to beneath the dim streets of Paris. Each student groggily attempting to stay moving in a line without the faintest clue of where our cabalistic metro ride had placed our fresh souls. Bodies weaved in and out of our way, coming and leaving harmoniously to the screech of the metro as it halted then sped away rapidly against the tracks. It was impossible to tell what beautiful part of France thrived above us, until our feet wandered lightly up each step and the bright sunlight greeted our glimmering faces.

Author: Giuliana Nicolucci-Altman

Tags: Europe, Exploring, France, Paris, Winner

Navigating the Dark in the City of Light

Travel is the insane desire to become lost. Lost in a culture, a language, lost in ourselves. And when I decided to study abroad for a year, I was completely unaware of how my world would change, of how the experience was as much about understanding humanity, as it was discovering France.

Author: Annika Fisher

Tags: Europe, Exploring, France, Paris, Semi Finalist

Getting to Know Paris

I believe that the point of traveling is to escape a person's normal lifestyle, to break the habits of everyday lives. I grew up in a family of travel; we are always looking for new places to go in addition to visiting our favorite previous destinations. Last summer, we went to Paris. My parents had been there before, however my siblings, my cousin, and I had not.

Author: Chloe Johnson

Tags: Europe, Exploring, Finalist, France, Italy, Paris, Rome

Spiritual Experiences in Switzerland

Her hand rested comfortably on my shoulder as we watched planes take off into the inky sky like birds in a sporadic flock. "Before you know it, you'll be on the other side of the ocean," my mother whispered into my ear as she embraced me one last time before departure. I groaned at the thought of such a long plane ride, but she was right. In what seemed like a matter of moments, but was actually closer to 8 hours, I was whisked away to London.

Author: Caroline Duckworth

Tags: England, Europe, Exploring, France, London, Paris, Semi Finalist

Becoming a Global Citizen

In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with People to People Student Ambassadors, a study abroad program created by President Eisenhower. With a group of 36 high school students and 4 teachers from Georgia, I travelled to seven countries—Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and England.

Author: Kristin Marie Sanders

Tags: Europe, Exploring, France, Italy, Paris, Quarter Finalist, Rome

In the World, Not Of the World

Breathing in was like breathing in a new culture, adventure, and life - taking it all in at once. Here I was, along with twenty-one adults and students I’ve known most of my life, experiencing this. This is a place where there are millions of lives I am surrounded by and I don’t even know as much as their names.

Author: Dani White

Tags: Europe, France, Paris, Semi Finalist, Vacations

The Curse of the Red Umbrella

The thing I liked least about Paris was the rain. I had decided that because our we were taking our French river cruise during the summer, it was going to be sunny, and I was paying the price. When I had packed it hadn’t seemed like a big deal. I was going to wear warm the whole time and the weather would have to just deal with it; who cared that my over cautious father had nagged me to bring just one raincoat, just one pair of closed toed shoes?

Author: Angelina

Tags: Europe, Exploring, France, Paris, Quarter Finalist

How Much Water Do You Need?

My French teacher organized an exchange program with a high school in La Rochelle, France. For the first couple of days, we stayed in Paris. For about a week and a half, we would stay with host families in the port town in the South. I learned and practiced French, made friends with people in another continent, and saw the famous sites of Paris. But out of everything I remember from my school exchange program to France, there's one memory that stands out against the rest. It wasn't the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower, nor the view of the Mona Lisa from inside the Louvre.