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For students and community members interested in taking advantage of study abroad programs, the Shepherd University Celtic France travel study program deadline for early enrollment is Thursday, May 15.

Appalachian Studies Program is sponsoring the trip and is associated with the Celtic Roots course and travel prpracticum. Communityembers are also invited to join the March 11-24 study tour and a $495 deposit is required for the discount. Those participating in the program will travel to Normandy and Brittany and conclude with four nights in Paris.Tour highlights include the ancient city of Bayeux with its famed Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy beaches, and Musee du Debarquement, Mont St. Michel, Saint-Malo, Rennes, the Champ Libres cultural center, the Museum of Brittany, the Paimpont forest, the Trehorenteuc Church with its connection to Chertien de Troyes and Arthurian legend, the medieval city of Vannes with its half-timbered houses and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, the ancient Celtic sight of Carnac with its standing stones, Nantes and its Castle Museum, and Chartres Cathedral. In Paris, travelers will explore the city of lights and embark on a tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The Celtic France course is part of the Celtic Roots travel program in the Appalachian Studies Program, with students and community members studying the work of writers inspired by Celtic France, including Chretien de Troyes who wrote "Yvain: The Knight of the Lion," Marion Zimmer Bradley, Henry James whose "Gabrielle de Bergerac" is inspired by the French connection and Modernist Paris devotees James Joyce, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas and appalachian writer Bobbie Ann Mason, whose "The Girl in the Blue Beret," illustrates a French World War II setting.

Those interested in the travel opportunity and courses can register in the fall for the spring 2015 APST 431Travel Practicum or APST 430 Celtic Roots courses. Interested community members may register through audit or through the Continuing Education Program.

Included in the trip is: transportation, Paris metro passes, three and four-star hotels, accommodations, all breakfasts and four group dinners, the university guide, two local French guides, and the museum and excursion visits mentioned in the travel itinerary, including Mont St. Michel. The trip is arranged in collaboration with Passport Tours.All hotels are three and four star with central locations for easy exploration in travelers' free titime. Localuides will offer special insights on tours of the Paimpont forest, Trehorenteuc church, and Carnac's standing stones.