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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 Jan 11 — Jan 16, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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, January 11 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
Afternoon: CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm at Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the classroom to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule we'll review during orientation in the evening. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, to enjoy the amenities of the resort, or relax in your room. If you arrive after dinner, your packet will be at the hotel front desk, or our coordinator will give it to you first thing Monday morning.

Dinner: Your dinner is served banquet style in a conference room near your classroom.

Evening: The evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the resort, or relax. 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, a private wine-tasting and a special French meal.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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, January 12 - Overview of French Culture /Intro to French Langu...
Overview of French Culture /Intro to French Language / Bus Excursion to see St. Pete highlights / Music with a French flair by Chorus Angelorum

Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: PRESENTATION: Expert lecturer Joe Menasce, a former resident of France, provides an overview of the culture, character, and history of this most fascinating and picturesque country. There is a short mid-morning refreshment break. PRESENTATION: Joe Menasce continues his overview of French Culture, ending with an introduction to the famous châteaux of the winding Loire Valley.

Lunch: Our hotel chefs prepare a delicious meal for you with table service.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Bienvenue a France! Our lecturer, Sophie Champigny-Hotel, a native of France, will enhance your French experience with an intro to the language. EXCURSION: After class, board our motor coach for a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" tour of the local area.

Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: After dinner, board the bus for Maximo Presbyterian Church. PRESENTATION: Enjoy an evening of sublime music. Noted a capella group, Chorus Angelorum, enlightens and entertains with a selection of Renaissance and modern French music and other pieces from the group's repertoire. Following the presentation you will board the bus to return to the hotel.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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, January 13 - The Music of Debussy & Ravel: Part I / Literature...
The Music of Debussy & Ravel: Part I / Literature of the Enlightenment & Romanticism / Science on the Seine/ Evening Recital of French Music

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast in our private dining room. Then board the bus for a morning of classes at Eckerd College.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Susan Bailey Robinson, musician, conductor, and teacher introduces the music of French composers Debussy and Ravel. The beautiful artistry of the French chansson culminates in the 19th century orchestration of Debussy and Ravel. Each man was also a trailblazer in his use of instrumentation and harmony. We explore the vocal, piano, and orchestral music of each man. We also experience the 20th century rebuttal to their music by Les Six! - A group of six French composers led by the artist Jean Cocteau. There is a short mid morning refreshment break between classes. LECTURE: Dedee Aleccia explores French literature from the Age of Enlightenment through Romanticism. Highlights from the writings of Moliere, Voltaire, Dumas, Hugo, and Sand cover such topics as the influence of absolute monarchs, the belief in man’s ability to create the best of worlds, the importance of the grand tour, the zest for adventure and revolution, and the emotional impact of unrequited love.

Lunch: After your class you will board the bus to return to the hotel. Our hotel chef prepares a delicious lunch for you with table service.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Science Along The Seine, the Golden Age of French Science. Lecturer Hal Hultman turns to his scientific background and expertise as he shares his knowledge of French science. The renaissance genius René Descartes is known for his philosophy, but today’s scientists (and yes - you and I) will revere him for his insights in mathematics and optics. Émille du Châtele, the renowned mathematician was, in the words of her lover, Voltaire, “…a great man whose only fault was being a woman.” The fundamentals of Chemistry - and Baking - learned by high school and cooking school students today, are the result of Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier’s late-night discoveries in his garret laboratory. We gain insights into these real people through both their accomplishments and their personal diaries, and together with such luminaries as LaPlace, Pasteur, Becquerel, the Curies and Louis Blériot, we discover and appreciate their ubiquitous presence in making our everyday lives so enjoyable. No need for a science background – this is a “down to earth” fun journey. After the lecture you have free time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. The buffet includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays.

Evening: RECITAL: Susan Robinson and her young students delight and entertain with an evening of French piano and instrumental music. Return to the hotel after the concert.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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, January 14 - 19th & 20th Century Literature / Art of the Enlig...
19th & 20th Century Literature / Art of the Enlightenment & Romanticism / Free time in downtown St. Pete / French Wine Tasting / Evening Presentation or Movie

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast in our private dining room.

Morning: LECTURE: 19th and 20th Century Literature: Realism, Existentialism and Feminism: Highlighting novels by Flaubert and Zola and detailing the late 19th century socio-historic environment, Dedee discusses the Realists’ accurate portrayal of the often tragic consequence of choices made and actions taken by ordinary characters. Shifting to the mid 20th century, she discusses how, in the aftermath of World War II, Existentialism evolves as writers like Sartre try to find meaning in life and how De Beauvoir opens the world for women to define themselves as she examines what it is to be female. LECTURE: Art History: Enlightenment, Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Beginning with the Age of Louis XIV and ending with the Napoleonic Age, art historian Dedee Aleccia discusses major works of art that highlight the characteristics of these periods. The elegance of the French court, the turn to classical models, the zest for adventure and the quest for the exotic are examined in works by such artists as Fragonard, Vigee-LeBrun, David, Ingres, and Delacroix. There is a short mid-morning refreshment break.

Lunch: Our hotel chef prepares a delicious lunch for you with table service

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this opportunity to explore your personal interests. We provide transportation to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg where you have many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride. Museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more beckon you. The bus returns you to the hotel. PRESENTATION: Enjoy the enthusiasm and expertise of Eckerd College Professor Emeritus Tom Oberhofer, a frequent traveler to France, who shares his knowledge of French wine with a sampling of that quintessential French pleasure.

Dinner: The buffet at the CEC Café includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages. Self-service format with trays. After dinner, the bus returns you to the hotel.

Evening: Evening Presentation or Movie

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel 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: 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, January 15 - French Music: Debussy & Ravel: Part II / Art: Imp...
French Music: Debussy & Ravel: Part II / Art: Impressionism through Modernism / Economics & Politics in France Today / French Art and more at the Museum of Fine Arts / Special French Dinner

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast in our private dining room. Then board the bus for a morning of classes at Eckerd College.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Susan Robinson, musician, conductor, and teacher will continue exploring the music of French composers Debussy and Ravel. There is a short mid-morning refreshment break. LECTURE: Art History-Impressionism to Modern.The Impressionist artists challenged traditional ways of presenting the subject in art by attempting to capture bourgeois life in fleeting moments and flickering light. Their exploration of new ways of presenting the subject opened the door to future artists who explored various innovative techniques found in styles such as Post Impressionism, Cubism, and other forms of Modernism. Dedee's lecture covers the works of artists such as Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Rodin, Braque, and Leger.

Lunch: After your class you will board the bus to return to the hotel. Our hotel chef prepares a delicious lunch for you with table service.

Afternoon: LECTURE: Economics expert, Hal Hultman takes you to the political and economic turmoil of France today. With the political transition to the populist Socialist coalition under François Hollande, France celebrated throwing-off Sarkozy’s conservative cloak of austerity and anticipated reviving the moribund, indeed contracting, French GDP. This development was also welcomed by the Economic Union (EU) as Germany and France are the backbone of the EU economy. However, the image was dashed early in Hollande’s administration when he introduced new plans for economic recovery, which continued onerous restrictions under the guise of stimulating the economy. The current situation is one of continued economic stagnation, unemployment and political unrest in France, and indeed in the EU itself. Hollande’s approval rating has descended to 17%, he has experienced dissention in his own cabinet necessitating dissolving it and forming a new Cabinet. Political opponents are already declaring candidacy for the 2017 elections. We will delve into these and many other facets of the Gallic melee. FIELD TRIP: After class we will board our bus for the Museum of Fine Arts located in downtown St. Petersburg. There you will be given a docent-led tour of the museum's fine French exhibit.

Dinner: Special French dinner.

Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: After dinner, the bus returns you to the hotel.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 16 - France Through its Cuisine / Program Concludes wi...
Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast in our private dining room.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Bienvenue to the world of traditional French culinary dishes, spices, sauces, and the exploration of their origins! Our lecturer, Sophie Champigny-Hotel, a native of France, takes us on a voyage to the heart of “la gastronomie” by leading our tour of the various regions of France and their famous cuisines and wines. From its beginning, French cuisine has reflected the twists and turns of its social and political environment. In the Middle- Ages the “chefs du Roi” such as Guillaume Tirel, the chef for Charles V in 1364, began to emerge.. Then, after 1789, chefs have been awarded the privilege to produce and sell whatever they desire to cook. French cuisine begins to take a more contemporary turn between 1898- 1921 when Auguste Escoffier, the director of the Kitchens at the Carlton, divides the workload through teaching and invents numerous dishes such as La pêche Melba. In today’s world, Paul Bocuse, Jean, et Pierre Troisgros reinvent French gastronomy by coining it “La nouvelle cuisine”. To look at some of the specific famous dishes, let's begin our journey in “L’Alsace- Lorraine” in the North Eastern part of France by studying la choucroute (Sauerkraut) and its traditional quiche origins. We then cross France to discover the history of the famous salty and sweet crepes of Normandy, only to make our way right to the center of France where we have been invited to Lamotte-Beuvron where the delicious 19th century Tarte Tatin was invented. Once we have grazed our way past the core of France, our journey leads us to Burgundy with le boeuf bourguignon , and in the South, Toulouse, known as “The Pink City” where we are embraced by le Cassoulet. Finally, and certainly not to be forgotten, are the delectable ratatouille in the Provence region and the world renown Bouillabaisse from Marseille.

Lunch: Our hotel chef prepares a delicious lunch for you with table service. 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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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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