Teen Girls In Paris

L to R: Jazmyne, Chemere, Kamryn & Lauren…in Paris
Photo +Tracey Friley 
I took 4 girls and 1 college senior to Paris this summer (July 2014) for a 2-week travel abroad experience like no other. The parents paid some and I paid some. As is the case with a global awareness initiative I founded, it was my way of giving back.
 
Kamryn (14), Jazmyne (16), Lauren (15), Chemere (14), Mary (24) & I (age unknown) lived in our very own Parisian apartment in the Le Marais. We ate escargot, croissants, and French onion soup. We explored the Catacombs and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse. We shopped for our own groceries and rode the Métro to Père Lachaise. 
 
We traveled with heart and donated diverse children’s books to Libraries Without Borders. We sang an Al Greene song out loud in a Paris boutique and sat on the grass at both Versailles and Parc des Buttes Chaumont. We walked and laughed in the rain. We tried new things and made new friends. The girls learned their way around Paris on their own with a map and a gentle nudge from me. They took a photo with a French model. 
 
Seeds were planted. Lives were changed. Lightbulbs went on. It was a great trip. They are great girls. And I am just grateful that I was there. =)
 
Here is a photo essay of our trip in 20 photos (in no particular order)…
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 12, 2014
Wonder in Paris ~ at Notre-Dame De Paris
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TRACEY’S NOTES from July 10, 2014
This is THEIR trip, not mine; so they are planning their own 
#Paris itinerary
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TRACEY’S NOTES from July 10, 2014
Kamryn eats her first escargot; while next to her, Chemere has her first French onion soup.  
They were both smitten.
Photo +Tracey Friley
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 11, 2014
It’s Friday night, so after a late dinner we explored the cobblestone streets of Paris
. This was at about 10:15pm.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 11, 2014

After strolling the Champs Élysées today, we came back to our apartment and everyone made their own flower crowns as a fun craft project. If the sun is out tomorrow, the girls say they want to wear them out. We’ll go out to dinner in a few hours.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY’S NOTES from July 17, 2014
One of the stops on our 10-mile Night Bike Tour that started at 7pm and ended at close to midnight and included a boat ride along the River Seine. Long day. Hot day. Fun day. Pooped.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 17, 2014

Random cool photo on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
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TRACEY’S NOTES from July 14,  2014 ~ BASTILLE DAY

Some of the girls are watching the Bastille Day parade on the television right now; but before we turned it on, we got our own show of military planes in the sky.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY’S NOTES from July 16, 2014
Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, Versailles.
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TRACEY’S NOTES from July 18, 2014
Their first fashion show in Paris
. Hoping it’s not their last. With the exception of one young lady who isn’t into fashion (which is just fine), They. Were. Ecstatic.
Photo +Tracey Friley
 
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 16, 2014
It was hot. At least 100 degrees. And we were at Versailles 
walking from the chateau to the Petit Trianon on a dirt road between manicured hedges; the sun blazing. The girls were ahead of me. And then I saw a small opening to my left. It was a gate. So I pushed it open and called the girls back. We were in another world entirely. I had no idea if it was okay to be there, so we were quiet as we walked through the shaded woods. Is that a rabbit? And then it was time to go, so we left out of the same gate we crept into.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
TRACEY’S NOTES from Paris Trip, July 2014
14 year old Chemere led our group on this day and figured it all out with no help from me.
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TRACEY’S NOTES from Paris, July 2014
16 year old Jazmyne wants to be a professional photographer, so I encouraged her to check out any photography studios she might see on our walks in Paris
. She’s a thinker. I like that. And I really love this photo.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 13, 2014

We pack our lunch every day since we’re always out & about. Today was no exception. It is a unique experience to have lunch at a cemetery in Paris, n’est-ce pas? But, alas, life is MADE for unique experiences.


Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY’S NOTES from July 20,  2014
Today we went back to the Marché! Flowers, food & personal shopping. Headed back out. There’s more to buy, more to see! *twirling*
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TRACEY’S NOTES from July 19, 2014
Explorers. The plans we had when we left the apartment this morning went up in smoke. Instead, we let Paris speak to us.
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TRACEY’S NOTES from July 18, 2014
We got to sleep in this morning. It was much needed, as we’ve been some busy bees here in Paris
. Walked by Lauren & Jazmyne’s room and saw Lauren in the window reading. I thought it was a darling sight. 30 minutes later, she was back in bed fast asleep. We’re all up now. Getting ready to go to a 30-minute fashion show at Galeries Lafayette and then see what else Paris has to offer today and into the night.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 22, 2014
On their 13th day in Paris
 and after numerous interactions with the Iron Lady from below, the girls finally made it to the tippy top of the Eiffel Tower today.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
Versailles selfie.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
TRACEY’S NOTES from July 20, 2014
One of the main tenets of The Passport Party Project (and any teen trips I curate) is to give a little something to the local community wherever we travel. The idea is to travel with heart. On this trip to Paris, the girls all brought children’s books to donate to Libraries Without Borders
. Great job, ladies. Great job.
Photo +Tracey Friley 
 
I believe in the power of the passport. Do you believe?

Tracey XOX

One thought on “Teen Girls In Paris

  1. How very beautiful. These young women will be international travelers for the rest of their lives, thanks to you.
    The looks of joy and awe on first-timers faces when they view the Paris they’ve only seen in pictures or movies is so priceless.

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