Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Alumni News and News
Lynn Loveland, ’76, assistant director of Kansas City programs, recently hosted a Flying Jayhawks trip to France. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks alumni travel program, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.
It was such a pleasure to participate in the Paris Immersion Flying Jayhawks trip. Though a very diverse passenger group, the common bond of the University of Kansas helped bridge any gaps and molded us into a group of friends as well as travelers. What fun it was to compare our KU experiences and laugh about our college days. We found out what a small world it really was with our stories intersecting many times.
Speaking of small worlds, I learned that our very able tour director from France was an exchange student in Kansas during a year of high school. And, what are the chances: she attended my high school and lived with a family a few blocks away from where I lived!
It was the consensus of our group that the educational sessions prior to our excursions were very beneficial. The Art History talks certainly enhanced our time at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. The information we learned about the history and neighborhoods of Paris allowed us to understand how the country’s history helped shaped the city we see today. With the help of on-site guides, we discovered the charm of Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region; Rouen, the capital of Normandy; and the ancient city of Reims, in the heart of the Champagne region. These types of educational sessions truly set the Flying Jayhawks trips above the rest. I can’t think of a better way to travel than with the Flying Jayhawks!
See pictures from the Paris Immersion trip in the slideshow below, or click here to view the photos on Flickr. Pictures courtesy of Lynn Loveland.