Mt Saint Michel
Europe Fall Land
October 01 - October 09, 2022

Paris and Normandy

Kevin Weddle
Col. (ret.) Kevin Weddle *03, Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, Study Leader

A veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, Col. Weddle is professor of military theory and strategy and the Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies at the US Army War College. He has led groups of students — including previous Princeton Journeyers — to the battlefields and beaches near Normandy and has also led groups to Civil War and World War I battlefield sites, as well as the battlefields of Waterloo, Agincourt, Sicily, Gallipoli and Dunkirk. He is a West Point graduate, received his Ph.D. from Princeton in history in 2003, and served as the Garwood Visiting Professor at Princeton in 2019. He is the author of the award‐winning books “Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont” and “The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution.” On this journey, Col. Weddle will discuss World War II history in northern France.

Join one of Princeton’s favorite study leaders, Col. (ret.) Kevin Weddle *03, on this exclusively designed tour to connect with the rich history and culture of northern France. From the magic of Paris to an 18th century chateau in the heart of Normandy, spend seven nights discovering stories of valor and courage, witnessing stunning art and architecture, taking in spectacular landscapes celebrated by artists for centuries, and sampling regional cuisine.

Arrive in Paris and travel to Normandy to explore the region’s beaches, military history museums, and cemeteries, including Omaha Beach, the Caen Memorial Museum, and the American Military Cemetery, where we will pay our respects to those who sacrificed their lives there. Take in spectacular scenery and cultural riches with visits to the famed Bayeux Tapestry, the island of Mont Saint-Michel, and Chateau de Toqueville, the ancestral home of Alexis de Tocqueville, where lunch with the current de Tocquevilles is planned. Stop at Monet’s home and garden in Giverny before returning to Paris for a unique look at the city’s history including a special visit to the newly renovated Musée Carnavalet, capped off with a farewell event at a special venue.

Accommodations are deluxe and memorable with three nights in Paris at Hotel Napoléon, a historic mansion on the Champs Elysees, and four nights at Chateau D’Audrieu, a magnificent estate in the heart of Normandy.

“Kevin was wonderful as a teacher — prepared, equipped and ready to share with us.”

“Visiting and learning about a pivotal scene in recent world history melded with contrasting peaceful art exhibits – both well led. The war history was excellent.”

“Col. Weddle was truly exceptional!”

—Past travelers on Paris and Normandy with Kevin Weddle *03


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