West Virginia University in Vendée, France


On the road again...
June 4, 1999  

As we had hoped, the Metro workers have voted to end the strike.  As it turned out, the worker in the incident died, not from injuries inflicted by the illegal vendors but from an ruptured aneurism brought on by the incident.  Since the Metro is working, V. Lastinger and I take a moment to visit the historic cimetery Le Père-Lachaise.  Below is the tomb of the the Franco-Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.  We also saw the eternal resting places of giants of French culture like Balzac (the only tomb with a waitng line), Molière, La Fontaine, and even Jim Morrison of the Doors.  To our great disappointment we were unable to find the grave of the great actress Sarah Bernhardt before running out of time.

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We all made it to the Gare Montparnasse in plenty of time.   Kelly McKnight even had time to do a multi-media interview with an electronic marionnette.

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Below, a few Vendéens relax at 300 km an hour in the TGV to Nantes.

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At last we pull into the station at Les Sables d'Olonne.   Below the WVU-Vendéens meet with their new families.

Kathleen Kubal and Nicole Angelicchio with the Cavan's.

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Kimberly Dorman with Monsieur Grenier.

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Carolyn Graeber with Monsieur and Madame Mariotti.

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Jodi Dowdell with Madame Thébaud.

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Brad Gunnell with Monsieur Crêtaux, Marion and Clémence.

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Jennifer Jeffries with Madame de Petiville and daughter.

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Freddy Perkins with Monsieur and Madame Dubois.

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Kathleen Schattenberg with Madame Diochin and daughters.

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Amy Workman with the Goldcher family.

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Helena Racin with the Boileau's.

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Kelly McKnight with the Lhuissier family.

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Madame Grandpierre (left), who has made the arrangements for bringing the students together with their new families, discusses the stay with Monsieur Grenier and Dr. V. Lastinger.

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Our students will spend the weekend with their families, and we will begin our regular class sessions at 9:00 on Monday morning.   We're on our way!


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