Archives for May 2013

Things to Know When You Are Traveling

Rule #1: Be flexible. During our pre-departure meetings with students, we stressed the importance of being flexible while traveling. Turns out, this was one of the first things we needed to do ourselves! We met James, one of our students, at the airport in St. Louis. We had plenty of time to spare before our flight. Too bad the weather did not want to cooperate.

Rule #2: Remember that you cannot control the weather. Our flight was delayed because of storms in Chicago, which meant that we would miss our connection to Paris. We spent an hour with a very nice ticketing agent who did her best to get us to Europe on schedule. She tried routing us through London, Madrid, Dublin, and other cities. Finally, she got us flights from St. Louis to Houston to Frankfurt to Paris—except that we had to fly out on Thursday instead of Wednesday.

Rule #3: Make sure your luggage is easily identifiable. Since we were not going to fly to Chicago, the ticketing agent had to call to remove our bags from the plane. It helped to be able to distinguish them from the hundreds of other black, blue, and gray suitcases.

Rule #4: Pack essentials (including extra clothes) in your carry-on. We were fortunate enough to get our bags back before they flew off without us, but this is not always possible. Last summer, Dr. Fogg made it to France a week before her suitcase did!

Our ticketing agent gave us meal vouchers and a hotel coupon. We took a shuttle van to La Quinta Inn, in Hazelwood, Missouri. Our excitement for the evening consisted of going out for dessert at Denny’s and catching up on email. Alas, no breakfast in Paris Thursday morning. But with a little flexibility and good humor, any trip can be an adventure and a story to share.

Pics to come!


Adventures at La Quinta Inn in Hazelwood, MO


In theory, we would have been settling into our Parisian apartment this morning. Instead, we spent the night at La Quinta Inn in Hazelwood, MO. Today, our travel plans include (another) trip to the St. Louis airport, a flight to Houston, then to Frankfurt, then to Paris. We’ll get there eventually. Details of our unexpected layover to follow…

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Cheese Shop on the Rue Montorgueil

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In the News

Check out the news story about our trip to France:

S&T students to experience war memories during trip to France

Keep watching for updates!

France and the Memory of War——Inaugural Study Abroad Blog

In just three weeks, Dr. Shannon Fogg and I will lead the first Missouri S&T summer study abroad to France. Our focus is on France and the memory of war in the twentieth century. Fifteen students will participate and earn six credits—three for Dr. Fogg’s History 301 course (The Memory of War in Twentieth-Century France) and three for my French 301 course (Representations of Violence in 20th-Century French Culture). We will first spend two weeks in Paris before traveling to Normandy. Our scheduled activities include visits to Les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Père Lachaise Cemetery, the Pantheon, the Shoah Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Mémorial de Caen, and the castle of William the Conqueror. We have longer excursions planned to Versailles, the Somme (where we will visit World War I battlefields, memorials, and cemeteries), and the D-Day beaches.


We are pleased to be able to share our experiences with the Missouri S&T community via this inaugural study abroad blog. As part of their coursework, students will regularly post updates, including photos, about where we go, what we see and do, and what their overall experiences are. Please check back regularly to follow us!