vendredi 29 mars 2013

Bogged down in Le Marais

Bogged down in Le Marais


Friday 29 March, 2013 , was the beginnig of a huge day !
At the start , 10 teams were ready for fighting the victory (and of course for the chocolates !)
French and Americans students had to answer 30 questions about the history of Le Marais during the afternoon. Let's go !
The route was intense and inhabitants accepted to help us (just sometimes) because some questions were hard to answer.It was really fun to compet with others teams ! We remember that during the race we saw ,behind us, another team and decided to hide us so as to be sure that they wiil not find the correct answer.
A great remenber with our Americans students !


Piégés dans le Marais



Le vendredi 29 Mars marque le début d'une longue journée !
Au départ, 10 équipes sont présentes pour se disputer la victoire (mais surtout les délicieux chocolats)
Accompagnés des correspondants Américains, nous devions répondre à un questionnaires comportant 30 questions se référant à l'histoire du Marais.
3, 2, 1 et c'est partis !
La course était intense mais les Parisiens nous ont parfois bien aidé étant donné la difficulté de certaines questions.
De plus, concourrir contre les autres équipes était divertissant ;il nous arrivait même parfois de nous cacher afin que personnne ne nous remarque et que les réponses restent secrètes.

Un bon souvenir avec nos correspondants americains !


Constance et Mallorie

A special day in Le Marais

March 29

The afternoon we took the subway to go to le Marais and joined the American students. We waited them twenty minutes and then we went to visit Le Marais. I was with two American students and we were looking for a Mac Donald. we finally found one at Fontaine des Innocents. We just began to cross the square to reech the Mac Donald and then three gypsies arrived and began to speak to us. Two of them wanted us to sign a paper while the other one put her hand in an American student's pocket. So we ran away and the American students were afraid. Then we waited for the gypsies to leave and went to Mac Donald's. We bought burgers and french fries. The American students asked three times for more ketchup. Then we ate on the stairs next to the fountain. A man arrived, his nose was broken and bleeding and he told us that he liked boxing. The American sutudents were really afraid, again. They wanted to leave the place. So we went down rue de Rivoli and did some shopping. We went to Mango, l'Occitane en Provence, H&M; Minelli and Etam. After all of that, we decided to look for the teacher and the group but it took us forty minutes. Then we went home and prepared us for the party at the lycee.    

Andra et Eugénie

lundi 25 mars 2013

Montmartre: Fighting an Uphill Battle


Today, we have a treasure hunt with our American students in Montmartre. We are all very excited and everyone wants to win the chocolate, that only the first team will win.

For the first time this year the sun-glasses are  out of their dusty case.

The Treasure Hunt quickly turns into cut-throat competition : lies, hot-pursuit and riddles. Every team tries to get an edge and while some get lost, this is an amazing and exhausting day  for both American and French Students.

Les Mystères de Montmartre

Le programme d'aujourd'hui : rallye avec les correspondants américains à Montmartre.
L'excitation est perceptible déjà durant les premiers cours de la journée que nos professeurs ont du mal à nous dispenser et le Soleil qui daigne pour une fois montrer le bout de son nez ne les aide pas... L'heure tant attendue arrive et toutes les équipes se répartissent dans le quartier. Le jackpot, une tablette de chocolat, est particulièrement convoitée et les équipes ne reculent devant rien pour ralentir leurs adversaires. Réponses évasives, mensonges, chausse-trappes en tous genres, aujourd'hui tous les coups sont permis.

 Ce rallye a été pour tous inoubliable malgré la difficulté de certaines équipes à ne pas se perdre. ..

samedi 16 mars 2013

Official Ceremony at the City Hall

On Tuesday, March 16th we went to Courbevoie's City Hall for a short welcoming reception at 6:00 PM. It was our first evening in France all together so it was pretty crowded -even the parents were invited!

Ancien hôtel de ville, Courbevoie
Courbevoie's City Hall


When we arrived we sat on the very elegant chairs of the wedding hall and the Mayor's deputywelcomed the American students and she was followed by Mrs Lynch, Mrs Saillard and Mr Gross, the two American organizers and our English teacher - the Mayor wasn't here, he was busy and had to stay at the National Assembly. They thanked everybody for being there and reminded us that this sort of exchanges program between different countries were important for us and our culture.
And both national anthems were played. Everybody stood up and we listened to the American national anthem in a solemn frozen silence that was then broken by the voices of our patriotic French students singing La Marseillaise.
After this impressive ceremony we walked down the majestic stairs to have typical French snacks - the American were so excited to taste the famous (Picard) macarons and other sweet and salty "petits fours". It was a real battle to reach them!

Juliette and Mariam

lundi 11 mars 2013

A day in Washington D.C.


Monday, March 11

We left early in the morning, on the way to Washington, still a bit asleep. After a one hour and half driving, we stopped in the newseum a six-floor-high museum about press.
This museum includes the whole press history from its beginning passing throw the world wars with of course a part dedicated to september the eleventh 2001 up to now. On the top of the building, from a balcony, there was a huge view on the Capitol.
Then on the way to the Lincoln memorial where we took the traditionnal photo of the class on the steps of the monument, we saw the White House in front of which we could not stop for one second without any repercutions.
On the afternoon we had a three hours free time when we could visit any museum for free. There where the aerospatial museum, natural history, holocaust, native american museum... In the areospatial one their were simulators and planetariums, the natural history one covers all the story of life from fossils the big actual mammals, including an incredible collection of precious stones. The holocaust one rebuilds the jews life during WWII.
After that, we all went to a museum about pictures faked before the creation of photoshop.
Finally we had to say bye to this city full of history where so many presidents since Washington lived and were Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech.



                                                                                     Un jour à Washington D.C.

Lundi 11 mars
Nous sommes partis tôt le matin, encore un peu endormis, en direction de Washington. Après environ une heure et demi dans le car, nous nous sommes arrêtés au « newseum », un musée de six étages de haut à propos de la presse. Ce musée englobe toute l'histoire de la presse depuis son origine jusqu'à maintenant en passant par les guerres mondiales sans oublier une partie dédiée au 11 septembre 2001. Un balcon au sommet du musée donnait une superbe vue sur le Capitol.
Ensuite, sur le trajet jusqu'au Lincoln memorial, où nous avons pris la traditionnelle photo de la classe sur les marches, nous avons aperçu la maison blanche devant laquelle nous ne pouvions en aucun cas nous arrêter sans répercussions.
L'après-midi, nous avons eu un quartier libre de trois heures durant lequel nous pouvions visiter n'importe quel musée gratuitement. Nous pouvions admirer le musée de l’aérospatial, d'histoire naturelle, des indiens d’Amérique, l'holocaust... Celui de l’aérospatial possède multiple simulateurs mais aussi un planétarium et celui d'histoire naturelle couvre toute l'histoire de la vie sur Terre de fossiles aux grands mammifères actuels, et comportant une incroyable collection de pierres précieuses. L'holocaust quant à lui retrace la vie des juifs durant la seconde guerre mondiale.
Après cela, nous avons tous ensemble visité un musée montrant des photo falsifiée avant l'arrivée de photoshop.
Enfin nous avons du dire adieu à cette ville regorgeant d'histoire où ont vécu tant de président depuis Washington et où le fameux discours de Martin Luther King fut prononcé.

jeudi 7 mars 2013

Philadelphia

Thursday 7  March 


  On Thursday 7 March, we went to Philadelphia to have breakfast together. Mr Gross had to find a diner for 38 people! He finally found one called Munchie's cafe. 
Half of the class ordered big pancakes and the orthers took typical American breakfast, like toast with beef, cheese, ham, bacon and eggs. Mouth-watering, but we had to wait a lot because they were not use to having many people. The mapple sirop with pancakes was delicious.
Then we went to the History Museum of Philadelphia there was a map on the floor of New Jersey. There were majoritarlly portrait for instance the one of George Washington that you can see on the bill of $1 dollar. But some things were not very interesting. After the visit of the museum  we move towards the major street of Philadelphia, South Street. There were not a lot of shops but it was fun.

Breakfast in Phillie

 On Thursday 7 March, we went to Philadelphia to have breakfast together. Mr Gross had to find a diner for 38 people! He finally found one called Munchie's cafe. 
Half of the class ordered big pancakes and the orthers took typical American breakfast, like toast with beef, cheese, ham, bacon and eggs. Mouth-watering, but we had to wait a lot because they were not use to having many people. The mapple sirop with pancakes was delicious.
Then we went to the History Museum of Philadelphia there was a map on the floor of New Jersey. There were majoritarlly portrait for instance the one of George Washington that you can see on the bill of $1 dollar. But some things were not very interesting. After the visit of the museum  we move towards the major street of Philadelphia, South Street. There were not a lot of shops but it was fun.


 Le jeudi 7 mars, nous sommes allés à Philadelphie afin de déguster un petit-déjeuner.

mardi 5 mars 2013

Trekking in Manhattan

Après trois longues heures de bus, nous sommes enfin arrivés à Manhattan, d'où nous avons pu apercvoir la célèbre statue de la Liberté. After 3 long hours bus trip we finally arrived in Manhattan

Rien de tel qu'une belle photo de groupe.
Puis nous avons remonté Wall Street en passant devant le taureau et le NY stock exchange.
 Nous avons ensuite continué dans Chinatown, Little italy...
... jusqu'à arriver dans les quartiers où s'élèvent de célèbres bâtiments à l'image de celui-ci qui pourrait rappeler quelque chose à ceux qui ont vu Spiderman (et oui, c'est ici que le siège de la compagnie pour qui Peter Parker le héros prend des photographies a son siège !)

lundi 4 mars 2013

A day at school



A day in the American way of life

On the first Monday of our trip, we went to the Cherry Hill East High School in order to discover the American school system, very different from the French one. We drove on our way to school with the very well known yellow school bus, and arrived to this big school with the American flag on its top. 
In America, besides having classes such as English, math or science, they can also do arts or sports activities at school. In opposition to France, students in New Jersey have a lot of freedom, they have the right to leave the class whenever they want to buy some food or to go to the restroom, and they can also eat or use their phone in some classes. After the morning classes which don't last more than 40 minutes, it's lunch time.

They have a huge cafeteria like in movies but most of the pupils eat in the corridor or in the different places of the school as the cafeteria is always crowded. The school is well organise as there is a stairs to go up and different one to go down. 
Normal classes end at 2 p.m. and we have to hurry to catch the bus and come back home. It was a very rewarding experience and we realised American were as excited to meet us as we were to see the student of Cherry Hill.

Un jour dans le mode de vie américain


Le premier lundi de notre voyage aux Etats-Unis, nous sommes allées à Cherry Hill East High School afin de découvrir le système scolaire américain qui est très différent du notre. Après avoir pris le fameux bus scolaire jaune, nous somme arrivés à l’école décoré d’un drapeau sur son toit.

Aux Etats-Unis, en plus des classes comme anglais, mathématiques ou science, ils peuvent aussi faire des activités artistique et sportive. Au contraire de la France, les élèves du New Jersey ont une grande liberté, ils sont autorisés à quitter la classe quand ils le souhaitent pour aller chercher de la nourriture ou pour aller aux toilettes, à manger en classe ou utiliser leur téléphone mobile dans certaines classes. Après les classes du matin, qui ne durent jamais plus de 40 minutes, c’est l’heure du repas.

Ils ont une cafétéria énorme comme dans les films, mais la plupart des élèves mange dans les couloirs ou n’importe où dans le lycée comme la cafétéria est toujours bondée. L’école est intelligemment bien conçue, il y a un escalier pour descendre et un second pour monter. 
Les classes normales se terminent à 14 heures et nous devions nous dépêcher pour prendre le bus pour le retour. Ce fut une expérience enrichissante and nous avons réalisé que les américains était très excités à l’idée de nous rencontrer comme nous l’étions à l’idée de rencontrer des étudiants de Cherry Hill.
                                                                                                                             Juliette et Léa

samedi 2 mars 2013

An eventful week-end


A very busy week-end for everybody. Some people had fun in Cherry Hill: they went ice-skating, shopping, bowling or seeing shows like Peter pan or Grease at school. Others went to different cities: Philadelphia was very interesting for its history, museums and its famous Chinatown lie in Washington, where we visited a lot of museums like the Holocaust museum or the Air and Space Museum. In Atlantic City we admired the sea and in Baltimore and Princeton we had the opportunity to take a Segway to look around. With a restaurant dinner many students tasted the American culture.
Overall, a lot of kids had fun: