Au revoir, Paris…

Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road

paris pont des arts sunset by sam Looking west at sunset from the Pont des Arts Photo by Sam Rueckert

And so it is time to say it again: au revoir, Paris…

There is always a little bit of melancholy in the last few days I am here each year. And then the whisper, or the saying-it-aloud as I head down the beautiful streets and toward the airport, at least when my kids were younger and were there with me to say it: « Au revoir, Paris, merci! » 

I have been lucky enough to have spent a month in Paris each summer for the past 17 years, teaching an American literature course (« Paris: A Literary Adventure »), to a group of American students studying abroad.

Every year is different, of course: different personalities, different group dynamics, different weather, and other variables can make for a different set of emotions as I help prepare them to return to the…

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