L’échapper belle

5ADDC3ED-E0EB-46CD-9493-909CF7F16143A tradition at my summer job in Paris has become doing an Escape Room as a bonding activity during the week that we prepare for the students to arrive. This year, a colleague suggested that we try a new venue, Inside Opera, right inside the Opéra Garnier.

TF1, SOIREE INSIDE OPERA, 4 JUIN 2018, OPERA GARNIER, PARISCostumed actors played the role of a troupe who have lost part of a musical score to the Phantom of the Opera. Our mission was to find the missing letters in order to complete the score. As usual, we had one hour to complete our task. If you are successful, your group will earn admission to hear the completed aria with the missing notes restored.

013AC1CE-32DD-49AA-BACF-443542D6CABFI don’t want to say too much in case I end up spoiling this for you, but it was a lot of fun in a tremendous setting. I think the setting was actually the biggest handicap for my group; several of them had never been to Opéra Garnier before and we lost time as they gazed around in awe at the ornate interior.  It was an inventive way to explore a great Parisian landmark. L’échapper belle (lay-shap-ay bell) is to have a narrow or lucky escape. I hope that is your fate if you try Inside Opera.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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3 Responses to L’échapper belle

  1. Nemorino says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for including the link, as otherwise I wouldn’t have understood how it all worked.

  2. Ellen A. says:

    I’ve always had a secret fear that I (and my friends and/or family) would not be clever enough to escape! How difficult is it, on a scale of Trump to Einstein?

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