BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- More than 30 Briarcliff High School seniors and five teachers traveled to Madrid and Paris over the February break.
The 34 students enrolled in French and Spanish classes joined local guides, equipped with “whisperer” devices to aid them in hearing and conversing with the locals.
"We saw almost every museum in Madrid and Paris starting the moment we arrived in Madrid with a visit to the Palacio Real,” said teacher Pam Gordon. “We also went to the bullfighting ring, climbed to the top of Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, and saw famous works by El Greco and Monet, learned to play castanets and received pastry and bread baking tips in a parisien boulangerie.”
Student Suzanna Bergstein said she particularly enjoyed visiting the Eiffel Tower.
“I enjoyed going out to lunch and exploring – it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Bergstein.
The students agreed that they were very well received in both countries, school officials said.
"They enjoyed helping each other with the language differences and felt they had truly expanded their horizons," representatives said. "Chaperones enjoyed seeing the classroom come alive with the Spanish students helping the French students and then the French students helping the Spanish students communicate in the countries. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience for the students and one that they will never forget."