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Experience France with Bentley Alumni (May 15 - 24, 2015)

Join Professors Jane Tchaicha and Mark Davis as they accompany a group of Bentley alumni on a special 10-day trip to France. Both professors are excited to share their extensive knowledge of French history and culture, and expose you to two of their favorite locales, Normandy and Paris. The trip to Normandy will include a visit to the D-Day landing beaches, Monet’s home in Giverny and the breathtaking Mont St. Michel. While in Paris, you will have the opportunity to experience the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the famous Chateau at Versailles, and find time to explore the City of Light on your own, as well.

To learn more or register for this one-of-a-kind journey, please visit our official registration page. Once you're there, enter 109766 as your Trip ID and you will be on your way!


Alumni Travel Program Q&A with Professors Jane Tchaicha and Mark Davis

Q1: Why did you choose Paris and Normandy as the primary locales for this year’s trip?

Professor Davis: Paris, because over the past 15 years, I have come to know and love the city. I really enjoy picking up something at one of the many farmer's markets and eating it on the banks of the Seine. For whatever the reason food just seems to taste better in France.

Professor Tchaicha: Paris, because I lived and worked there for 10 years and cannot think of any place more intriguingly dynamic. It is truly the City of Light, that blends the old and the new, the historic and the modern, and is forever unveiling its special beauty.

Professor Davis: Normandy, because I love history, in particular the World War II era around the time of the D-Day invasion. My two favorite movies are "The Longest Day" (1961) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). I would recommend both of these films to anyone who joins us on this trip, as we will be walking on the very ground where these movies were filmed.

Professor Tchaicha: While Normandy has had to wrestle with tragic past of WWII, the traveler comes to understand how history continues to hold a sacred place in the French mindset through the breathtaking, untouched shores of the beaches, museums and memorials that dot its coastline.

Q2: What can alumni expect to experience during the 10-day adventure?

Professor Davis: We will visit the traditional sites such as the landing beaches in Normandy, Monet's home in Giverny, and the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Arc de Triumph in Paris, but we will also have the opportunity to see Paris as Parisians do. We will visit the major department stores like Printemps and Gallerie Lafayette, stop by a farmer's market to buy our lunch and eat at some of the best restaurants in the world (again the foodie in me comes out.)

Q3: What are you most looking forward to doing/seeing during this year’s trip?

Professor Tchaicha: I am most looking forward to seeing the reactions of the alumni. My hope is that they, too, will fall in love with Paris, Normandy and their respective surroundings as we have.

Professor Davis: Every trip to France is a new adventure for me. I never tire of just taking long walks through the alleys and side streets of Paris. In addition, I can’t wait to visit the picturesque seaport of St.  Honore, as I’ve only been there once before. Plus, we hope to include visit a locale in Normandy that produces both cheese and calvados (and, “yes,” there will be free samples).

Q4: Are monogrammed berets mandatory?

Professor Tchaicha: Better berets than baseball caps!