Pictures from France

St. James Youth Pilgrimage to France

Led by:

Ms Rebecca Smith, St. James Episcopal Church

June 30 - July 9, 2007

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, June 30, 2007 – Depart the United States for our trans-Atlantic flight to Paris. D

DAY 2, Sunday, July 1, 2007 – This morning we arrive in Paris where we will be met by our English speaking guide and driver.  We depart for Rouen, where in 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.  Though the city was badly damaged in World War II, most of the monuments in this town of towers and spire were restored after 1945.  We visit Tour Jeanne d’Arc, where Joan of Arc was tortured and a few hundred years later French Resistance fighters were tortured.  We continue on to the Church Jeanne d’Arc, the roof’s shape was designed to evoke the flames of Joan’s funeral pyre.  We will see the cross that mark’s the spot where Joan went up in smoke.  Time permitting we will visit the Museum Jeanne d’Arc, housed in a 15th century crypt where we will hear about Joan’s story.  Dinner and overnight Rouen. BD

DAY 3, Monday, July 2, 2007 – We continue on to the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, to prepare for our visit to the Normandy Beaches.  Our journey continues to the Beaches of Normandy.  We visit Omaha and Utah Beaches, where the US troops came ashore during the Allied landing on June 6, 1944.  We stop to pay our respects to those who fought to liberate France at St. Laurent with its endless sea of crosses.  Dinner and overnight Bayeux. BD

DAY 4, Tuesday, July 3, 2007 – Today we drive to Mont St. Michael, one of the most enchanting sights in France.  We will visit the Abbey and make the pilgrim’s walk on to the Mount.  Today we walk the pilgrim’s route which has been followed since the 12th century.  We climb to the Abbey where we will have time to explore on our own.  We continue on to the Vannes area for overnight. BD

DAY 5, Wednesday, July 4, 2007 – Morning visit to the Carnac Stones, older than Stonehenge or the pyramids of Egypt, are aligned in rows in a field, their original purpose unknown.  We continue to the Loire Valley via Angers to the Tours area for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6, Thursday, July 5, 2007 – Today we will participate in a portion the way of St. James Pilgrimage Walk.  We will take time to pray and reflect along the way.  We will enjoy more of the Loire Valley and time permitting will visit a Chateaux.  Dinner and overnight Tours. BD

DAY 7, Friday, July 6, 2007 – After breakfast we depart for the town of Chartres, situated on top of a hill overlooking the River Eure.  We visit Chartres Cathedral to see the 13th century Labyrinth.  As a penance, pilgrims followed the torturous route on their knees, echoing the Way of the Cross.  The journey of 262 m (851 feet), around 11 bands of broken concentric circles, takes at least one hour to complete.  We will also visit the stained Glass of Chartres, a glorious collection of over 150 stained glass windows that illustrate biblical stories and daily life in the 13th century (bring binoculars if you can).  We continue on to Paris for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8, Saturday, July 7, 2007 – After breakfast we will take a tour on the Sienne River on the Bateaux Mouches.  We will see the world-famous masterpiece of the Middle Ages, The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.  We will then travel on foot (or via underground) to St. Chappelle.  We will pick up lunch at a French bakery or street vendor (perhaps enjoy a concert there if timing is right).  We will then visit the American Cathedral for evensong and a tour.  After dinner we will climb the Eiffel Tower.  Overnight Paris. BD

DAY 9, Sunday, July 8, 2007 – Today we will have time to explore Paris on our own in small groups with chaperones.  Perhaps you will like to visit Sainte-Chapelle, built in 1248 to house what was believed to be Christ’s Crown of Thorns and fragments of the True Cross; the world-famous masterpiece of the Middle ages, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris; the Cluny Museum, a unique combination of Gallo-Roman ruins in a medieval mansion and one of the world’s finest collections of medieval art and crafts; the Eiffel Tower, or the Louvre.  This evening we will enjoy a "farewell to France" dinner. BD

DAY 10, Monday, July 9, 2007 – This morning we say "goodbye" to France and transfer to the Paris airport for our return flight home. BL

Price: $2,909.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Air from Detroit, MI.  Air transportation available from other cities.  The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, S Snack

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.