THEN (Sept 2010) NOW (April 2013)
Current schedule is:
April 8-15: stopover in Toronto to see family and friends
April 15-23: Paris near Metro Bastille
April 23-30: Palestrina, Italy outside of Rome
April 30-May 11 The Loire Valley
May 11-18: Paris near Metro Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arondissement.
Here's how Paris greeted us. This is on the Metro going from CDG to the city.
This time our plan is to focus primarily on language and we will be working with french tutors found on Craigslist for about 4 hours per day (shared between the three of us). Angelique comes to our apartment.
The rest of the time we will do a little touring, a lot of enjoying French food while also maintaining some class work from home like Coursera Functional Programming.
Other resources I'm gathering include:
Silly fun stuff on France:
Horrible Histories - French Revolution
We are staying in the Bastille district so have been reading about The Storming of the Bastille:
Horrible Histories - Storming the Bastille
For the Rome portion:
History of Rome Podcast
Nice compilation by Mr Don
The Illustrated History of Roman History
The Children's Section
A semi-documentary called Colosseum A Gladiators Story. You can find it streaming online on YouTube or Netflix.
Also, very cool for immersing is ancient Rome in 3D on Google Earth.
Horrible Histories - Roman Toilets