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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

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Program #9235RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Feb 17 — Feb 22, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 17 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. Report to assigned classroom for registration.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program coordinator will conduct an orientation and introduction program. Final itinerary will be provided. Get ready for an enriching week exploring the great French culture through its art, architecture, music, literature, and cuisine. You can look forward to a live performance, a visit to our Fine Arts Museum, and a private wine-tasting followed by an authentic French meal.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 18 - The Culture of France, Chateaux of the Loire Vall...
The Culture of France, Chateaux of the Loire Valley, France's Medieval Cathedrals, Comedy and Satire: Moliere & Voltaire, Special Guest Speaker

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Expert lecturer Joe Menasce, a former resident of France, will provide an overview of the culture, character, and history of this most fascinating and picturesque country.

There will be a short mid-morning refreshment break.

PRESENTATION: We continue with a description and history of famous châteaux of the winding Loire Valley, rich with vineyards along the contours of these beautiful castles deep in the heart of one of France's most historic and beautiful regions.

Lunch: Lunch on Eckerd College campus. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Expert lecturer Dedee Aleccia, an avid researcher-traveler, will discuss the comedy and satire of two of France's most writers-dramatists, Moliere (the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673) and Voltaire (the pen name of François-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778).

Dinner: Dinner on campus. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Select in a self-service format with trays.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Enjoy an evening with a special guest speaker (TBA). PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS DAYS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MAY ALSO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO AVAILABLITY OF SERVICES.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 19 - The Enlightenment, Revolution & Napoleon; Gericau...
The Enlightenment, Revolution & Napoleon; Gericault & Delacroix; Dumas, Hugo & Sand; Field Trip to St. Petersburg Fine Arts Museum prefaced with a Lecture on Impressionism; Chateau Life in the 17th Century

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Dedee Aleccia will explore the Age of Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the reign of Napoleon.

There will be a short mid morning refreshment break.

PRESENTATION: John Schloder, Executive Director Emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss the Frecnh Art of the Museum, prior to a field trip after lunch.

Lunch: Lunch on campus. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: John Schloder, who earned his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, will lead an exploration of the museum and in particular its French Impressionist masterpieces.

Dinner: Dinner on campus. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Songs of Paris. Did you know that there are more songs written about Paris than any other city in the world? After a life of working in theater and the arts, Jason Fortner has amassed a vast knowledge of entertainment that he will share with us in this entertaining session

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 20 - Flaubert & Zola; Sartre & de Beauvoir; Pioneers o...
Flaubert & Zola; Sartre & de Beauvoir; Pioneers of Aviation; Science on the Seine; Wine Tasting & Special French Dinner;

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Dedee Aleccia leads our study of authors and philosophers including Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), Emile Zola (1840-1902), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), and his lifelong amour, Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986).

There will be a short mid-morning refreshment break.

PRESENTATION: We finish the morning with instructor Hal Hultman's discussion of the French Pioneers of Aviation.

Lunch: Lunch on campus. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Select in a self-service format with trays.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Expert lecturer Hal Hultman, a scientist and member of the Eckerd College faculty, will explore famous French scientists in a class entitled "Science along the Seine"

EXTRACURRICULAR: Before dinner, enjoy a tasting of both white and red French wines with Professor Tom Oberhofer of Eckerd College.

Dinner: Enjoy a specially themed French meal to add to the enjoyment of the week.

Evening: PRESENTATION - LECTURE OR ENTERTAINMENT TBD

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 21 - The Louvre and Parisian Monumental Icons Free Aft...
The Louvre and Parisian Monumental Icons Free Afternoon; Musical Evening

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Begin the morning with a virtual trip to the Louvre: Time Honored Treasure House. After a short refreshment break, your instructor will share with you information about other Parisian Monumental Icons,

David Mulligan is a retired public school educator from upstate New York.  He received a BA Degree from the State University College at Potsdam in Potsdam, New York and an MA Degree in French Studies from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.  He has studied, lived, and traveled extensively in France over the years. 

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this opportunity to explore your personal interests. We'll provide transportation to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. You have many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more.

Dinner: Dinner on Campus. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Select in a self-service format with trays.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: A Musical performance that will enhance your French experience

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, February 22 - Works of Debussy & Ravel / End of program
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Expert lecturer Duncan MacMillan -- singer, pianist, composer, teacher -- will delight you with an exploration of the works of two of the greatest French composers of the Impressionist era, Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), who wrote some of the most gorgeous music in the entire repertoire.

There will be a short mid-morning refreshment break.

Lunch: Final lunch at the hotel.

The program concludes with lunch.

We hope you have enjoyed this fascinating program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



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St. Petersburg, Florida
Websites-Places of InterestDali Museum: www,salvadordalimuseum.org Fine Arts Museum: www.fine-arts.org South Florida Museum: www.southfloridamuseum.org Holocaust Museum: www.flholocaustmuseum.org

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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