An American in Paris.

                                  I have been waiting to use that blog title for a long time.                                                         And now it is true, times six to be exact. We spent a week in Paris this August and were able to mix a little business with pleasure. The twins needed to be registered at the U.S. Embassy and apply for passports, social security cards, and complete the birth report abroad. And let me just say, I don’t think I have ever had to fill out so many forms, compile so many documents, and organize so many papers in my life. I’m not really sure how it all happened, but it did, and the twins are now French born American citizens in possession of American passports too!

While in Paris we were also able to see some of the sights with the girls. We climbed Montmartre on foot to reach Sacre Coeur, at Notre Dame we walked the famous Left Bank and feed the birds; we saw the Eiffel Tower (from a distance) and even watch some of the London Olympics. (N.B. The Women’s gymnastics final is not to be recommended as a pre-bedtime activity for small children.) Lovely Paris trip overall.

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About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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2 Responses to An American in Paris.

  1. vanessagobes says:

    you are providing me with a lovely flashback this morning at home in boston. 🙂 i spent a month in paris with my little ones two summers ago and it was breathtaking! i had a few rules, though. we had to ride every carousel we saw, nutella banana crepes occupied an entire level of the food pyramid and had to be eaten often, and no one could complain about aching feet. (we walked every inch of that city!) bons vacances! smiles!

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