Okay, I am going to try and catch up on the last 4 months of my life in France in a few posts! I wish I would have kept up better with my blog, but I’ve just been wonderfully busy! Now that 2 weeks are left until school is out, I will write a little on what I have been up to during the semester.
My first post will be on the excursions that I have gone on with my program, CIDEF. They put on 5 per semester for the students and I went on 3/5 to Mont St. Michel, The Castles of the Loire Valley, and Normandy Beach. Seeing all of these historical places of France was very interesting!
The first excursion that we went on was to Mont St Michel and Saint Malo (February 23rd), two areas in the Bretagne region of France. I’ve literally never been so cold in my entire life, ever. But these two places were very cool sights to see. We started at Mont St Michel, a port city, in the morning, walked around the beach and the town, saw the ports, and ate a yummy crepe. This region is famous for its crepes! Afterwards we went to Mont St Michel-a castle that used to be, when the tide is high is and island, and when the tide is low is connected to land, but now there is a bridge. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
The next excursion was to Le Chateaux de La Loire (March 9th). We visited Azay-Le-Rideau, Chenonceau, and Chambord. It was a super long day of traveling, but the castles were absolutely amazing. The beautiful architecture, old history, and décor were just wonderful. I think my favorite castle was Azay-le-Rideau; it was the smallest but to me the most beautiful.
The final excursion I went on was to Normandy (April 20th). I learned so much about the history of WWII. First, we went to a WWII museum, it was very well done and very interesting to see it from the side of French history. Then, we went to Omaha beach, one of the main places of the attack on Normandy. The beach was beautiful and it was very surreal to be standing on such a historical place. Then, we went to the American Cemetery- it was beautiful with thousands of white crosses. The National Anthem started playing and I got chills! Our last stop was to the German Cemetery, which had a very different feel than the American cemetery but was still beautiful.