After flying through the night to Paris on Good Friday, 23 St. Rita students of French and Latin, accompanied by two faculty members and three parents, embarked on a Spring tour of Paris, Cascia and Rome. While in Paris, the students enjoyed a cruise on the Seine River, admired the view of Paris from the third floor of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the Arc de Triomphe, discovered famous works of art at the Louvre and Musée D'Orsay as well as visited the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. The students also biked through the gardens of Versailles before visiting the palace of Versailles. On Easter Sunday, Mass was celebrated at St.Augustine's Cathedral. Throughout their stay in Paris, the French and Latin students learned to travel around the city by the metro as Parisians do and enjoyed eating French specialties such as escargots and street vendor crêpes!
After an overnight train ride from France to Italy, the Ritamen arrived in Cascia, where they experienced the tranquility of the lovely town nestled in the Italian mountainside after having visited the beautiful and peaceful St. Rita Monastery and the St. Rita Sanctuary.
Upon arrival in Rome, the group headed to the Colosseum and the Foro Romano before wandering through the main streets and squares of Rome to take in the Piazza Navona, il Pantheon, Piazzadi Spagna, Campo de Fiori. The French and Latin students finished the trip of a lifetime by touring the Vatican, including the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Luckily, many students had packed an umbrella for the journey. Despite the rainy weather, everyone maintained a sunny disposition while savoring some pizza and famous Italian gelato.
The French and Latin students as well as their chaperones were, of course, sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure their return to Roma!