I’m finally in France! After 12 hours of flying, 6 hours of layovers, and a 2 hour train ride, I arrived in Angers, France. I already knew I had overpacked, as I dragged my two suitcases four blocks to where I would be living for the semester. A former Croft student had recommended that I stay at a foyer called Marguerite d’Anjou. Foyers are very similar to dorms at colleges in the United States; they are affordable public housing for students in the France that also provide amenities such as meals. However unlike the dorms, they are usual composed of a private rooms with a bath- meaning you have no roommates. During my first two weeks, I met many French girls at my foyer who often help me practice my french during meals; it has been a very cozy and welcoming place to stay.
One of the highlights of my first two weeks in Angers was visiting the Chateau d’Angers. At over 800 years old, it is quite an impressive castle. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden, which throughout it’s history often housed exotic animals such as zebras. In fact, until the 1980’s deer still lived in the moat! It is also home to the oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries in the world. Most famous is the Apocalypse Tapestry, which was commissioned in 1373 and depicts scenes from the Book of Revelations. Below is a picture of the Chateau d’Angers.
These first two weeks have been exciting and a little chaotic, but exploring such an old, beautiful city has been an amazing experience.