Yotes à Paris: Alumni plan 2015 trip to France

Have you ever wanted to watch artists create fresh brushstrokes on canvas in the art market of Montmartre? To see the Tour de Eiffel sparkle as if arrayed with diamonds? To sip a Burgundy wine at a Parisian café?

If you want to experience Paris first-hand, The College of Idaho alumni relations office has a “study abroad” trip for you.

During September 2015, retired C of I professors Jim Angresano and Elizabeth Angresano will lead a group of alumni on a 12-day trip to Paris.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit historic places, such as the Louvre and Versailles, and to dine, visit shops and explore the architecture of La Ville Lumière.

“This will surely be a new and stimulating experience, even if you’ve seen Paris before,” said Jim Angresano, who taught political economy at the College. “We will see Paris through our cameras in a way we might never have thought of before. And we will meet Parisians in their workplaces and have discussions with real people.”

Jim Angresano has visited Paris more than 20 times as a lecturer, researcher, tourist and leader of student groups. He even wrote a book about the French economy, French Welfare State Reform. Elizabeth Angresano has visited France countless times since her one-year stay in Paris as an undergraduate. While a graduate student, she spent another year in nearby Amiens, making frequent trips to Paris for her doctoral research in French literature.  She has since visited France as co-leader of a student group, to visit friends, to conduct research and to indulge her interest in medieval architecture.

The group will focus on a new experience each day, but group members are free to enjoy Paris as they wish. Group leaders are willing to guide and/or accompany travelers to any particular points of interest. Exact details and itineraries will be worked out once the group forms. The cost of the trip is estimated to be $3,300 per person, including air travel. That cost does not include most meals and museum entrance fees. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Alumni can RSVP by sending a $500 deposit—payable to The College of Idaho—to Alumni Relations by Dec. 1. Final payment is due Dec. 15. For any questions about the trip, contact Alumni Relations at [email protected], or call (208) 459-5770.

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