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Team tours Paris before final game in Europe

Stony Brook's men's basketball team stands in front

Stony Brook's men's basketball team stands in front of the Eiffel Tower in France. (Aug. 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Tom Chen

PARIS - The team arrived in Paris on the Eurostar train and after a food break went on a boat cruise on the River Seine, the city’s main waterway and home to nearly 40 bridges that connect the city’s two sides. Among the sights while on the boat were the French Parliament, Cathedral de Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, Hotel de Ville and the Eiffel Tower.

Although many people in Paris speak English, the language barrier between Americans and the French can be an issue. It certainly helps to know the little things, like “Hello” (bonjour), “Goodbye” (au revoir), “Thank you” (merci), “Please” (s’il vous plait) and “How much does this cost?” (combien coute?).

This morning the team took a three hour bus tour through the streets of Paris, making stops at the different royal plazas, the Eiffel Tower and Cathedral de Notre Dame. The Eiffel Tower proved to be as magnificent as the pictures indicated, its structure dominating the Parisian skyline. It’s also very popular with queues (lines) stretching the length of the plaza the tower sits in.

Tonight, the Seawolves play their final game in Europe, taking on Charenton.

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