Wrapping up a fantastic stay in Aix

Now for a week of True Immersion in France

The students spent the last evening with their language partners in one of Aix’s outdoor cafes, followed by ice cream on the Cours Mirabeau. Wednesday morning one of our French teachers, Michele, organized a fun activity outside of the classroom for the students. We split up into two groups and each group selected two objects to describe and photograph and it was up to the other group to then find them based on the descriptions. We compared photographs at the end to see if we had found the right ones!

Wednesday afternoon we traveled to the Lac de Peyrolles to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming and sunbathing at a beautiful lake 1/2 hour outside of Aix. In the evening we went to the cinema to see a new French film starring Vanessa Paradis, called ‘Je me suis fait tout petit.’

Visiting the Vasarely Foundation

Thursday we visited the famous Vasarely Foundation, home to modern art expositions. The group loved the colorful geometric pieces and the interesting architecture of the building. The immense scale of the paintings made them especially immersive. We then enjoyed a decadent dinner at the chic restaurant Le Six, with delicious entrees, plats, et desserts.

Meeting our host families in Hyères

Friday the students had their last day of language classes and a fencing class before packing their suitcases. We headed to Hyeres to meet the host families for Bastille day. The students were both nervous and excited to meet their families and start being totally immersed in French daily life. Their host families were also excited to welcome them and have lots of fun activities planned!

– Marion Phillips, US Leader

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