The AFW ELITE travel party is keeping up an ambitious pace as it hustles through the city of Paris and the Normandy Region.
Day One included visits to Montmartre and Sacre Couer as the team ascended to the highest land point in Paris to take in the impressive church which has become a thank you to God for peace after the Prussian wars and several revolutions. A stroll through the artist area of Place de Tertre nearby followed.
As the travel party took in a driving tour of the other sited of Paris it concluded with its first photo opportunity of the Eiffel Tower.
On Monday, the team experienced its first practice involving player evaluations, then the installation of base concepts and plays in the offense, defense and punt phase of the game. Concentration and effort was good as new terminology and a few new strategic phases were introduced. A foundation was established.
Family members in the travel party took in the world famous Louvre which holds more pieces of art than any facility in the world. Those in that group were able to view the famous Mona Lisa portrait. Team members and family were united for an afternoon tour of the imposing Notre Dame cathedral and the
In the later afternoon groups split into two with some in the party traveling back to the Eiffel Tower to ascend up to the viewing platform for a scenic overview of Paris. Others stayed in the Notre Dame area the Ile de la Cite to wander, shop and enjoy crepes which have become a new favorite of many travelers.
Tuesday included another practice which was more uptempo as the players scrimmaged to conclude the day. Each unit, offense and defense, showed sporadic moments of increasing coordination and the chance for success, but as Coach Barnes noted there was certainly much work to be done to be close to being able to compete on Saturday.
While team members were practicing, parents enjoyed more time in Old Paris in and nearby the Ile de la Cite wandering, shopping and dining.
Both groups were coordinated to meet at the famous and opulent palace at Versailles, the summer “home” of Louis the XIV. Parents and family members were able to tour the inner rooms of the palace and then the spacious and well groomed gardens. Some took to golf carts to take in more of the enormous grounds which were meticulousy groomed. Unfortunately, a motor coach malfunction delayed the players arrival in Versailles, but they were able to take-in the enormous size of the estate by viewing the exteriors and then taking in some views of the gardens as well. Afterwards both groups reboarded the motor coaches for the journey to the overnight destination of Caen in the heart of Normandy.
More information will follow including the website location of the game on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled to be at 2PM Paris time.