Individual French Immersion – day 2

Today we had a fairly calm but interesting day. My host mother and two brothers and I went grocery shopping in the afternoon. It was very interesting to see all of the different foods and brands in France that don’t exist or are much less popular in the US. Later, my host mother and brother and I went to a nearby mountain to pick thyme plants to use as an ingredient on pizza which we will have for dinner later this week. We followed a small rocky road up to a water tank that fire fighters use to fight wildfires in the area. The tank provided a vantage point to look down over a beautiful view of Garéoult, Rocbaron, and the surrounding countryside.IMG_2261 IMG_2259 IMG_2257

Individual French Immersion – day 1

Bonjour à tous! My name is Wiley. I arrived yesterday in France where I will be staying for the next two weeks. I was met at the airport by Vivien, an ECI corespondent, and I stayed the night at her lovely house in Hyères as my host family was returning from vacation in Portugal. Today Vivien and her husband Robert showed me around Hyères and took me to visit a family living there that had hosted another American through ECI last summer. They were very friendly and let me stay at their house for several hours. Then, in the evening my host family came to pick me up and brought me to their home in Garéoult, where I am currently writing this post. So far everyone has been very friendly and eager to talk to me and help me with my french. I think that the next two week are going to be wonderful! The picture above is of me and Vivien at the Château d’Hyères, with Hyères in the background.

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July 4th

Today we were back to classes after a delicious sun soaked weekend. As a Monday treat, the girls and I decided to go grab sushi for lunch in Nice. Afterwards, we departed to the beach with other Azurlingua students to do parasailing! Wendy stayed back to nap, but I made sure to take a video of Allison flying high above the ocean! After time at the beach, we came back for dinner then left promptly afterwards to spend time with our language partner, Tiffany. We spent two hours walking around the Porte of Nice and stopping for a soda next to the pier. It was a lovely evening spent in great company! IMG_1296 IMG_1293 IMG_1278 IMG_1260

July 3rd

Today was a much appreciated Sunday Funday in Cannes! And fun it was. We arrived in Cannes by train at around 10am and promptly found ourselves exploring the festival palace. We took our time reading the signed handprints of many famous Hollywood movie stars lining the palace. We then found ourselves at the beach where we proceeded to picnic, swim, and enjoy lounging in the sun. The rest of the afternoon took us on an excursion through old Cannes, stopping to enjoy macaroons at the infamous Lauderée shop. We were brought back to Nice on a late afternoon train where we returned to the residences for a shower and a squid dinner before heading into Nice to watch France beat Iceland in the semi finals of the Euro cup!  IMG_1186 IMG_1182 IMG_1172