2009 Exchange Trip with Lycée Aubanel in Avignon, France
March 26th & 27th: On Thursday the students visited the Souleiado museum where we learned about the colorful fabric of Provence. Next we visited an open-air market in Beaucaire. We picnicked on the banks of the Rhone river. After lunch, we walked across the bridge to Tarascon where we visited a fortified chateau built by le Roi Réné.
Students in the inner courtyard of the chateau.
The students were on top of the world when we finally reached the chateau roof.
Finally on Friday the students toured Le Chateau de Grignan, a museum about the fabrication of silk and a market famous for truffles. They also appeared in the local newspaper.
March 25th: Another wonderful day in Provence. First we toured Roman ruins from 25 B.C. in Nimes. It is amazing to see such old ruins right next to modern buildings in the center of town.
La maison carrée
Next we had lunch in a restaurant. Students tried les cuisses de grenouille (frog legs). We were very proud of their desire to try new things! The meal finished with incredible desserts... like chocolate pear cake.
Un vrai délice!
We toured the ramparts of the fortified city of Aigues Mortes.
The last stop of the day was in the seaside town of La Grande Motte.
Far from home, students still have Penncrest spirit.
March 24th: The day began with a cooking lesson. The three student groups prepared a traditional French meal: Poisson en papillote avec son tian de legumes, puis une mousse au chocolat noir. Miam! Miam!
After eating the delicious lunch, we visited the Collection Lambert, a modern Art museum. Our guide helped the students to understand the links between the modern works and ancient masterpieces.
Finally at 17h we attended a special reception in our honor at the town hall.
March 23rd: The students had big smiles on Monday morning after spending the weekend with their host families. First stop on Monday was the beautiful Provençal village of Gordes.
Then we went to Roussillon which is nicknamed the French Colorado. The weather was absolutely perfect.
The colors were breathtaking.
After a wonderful pique-nique, we visited the Fountain of Vaucluse.
March 20th: On the bus from Marseille to Avignon. The students were excited and anxious to meet their host families. The sun of Provence shined bright, but the North wind, Le Mistral blew at 100 km/h (that's over 62 miles per hour!)
Just off the bus, some students posed for a quick photo in front of the 14th century ramparts.
Les retrouvailles.... together again.
After a weekend with host families, the students will have plenty to share on Monday morning!
Here is a photo of the group from the Fall just before the French students came to visit us.
March 18th: Packing suitcases, gathering make-up work from teachers, sending last emails to the French students.... The adventure begins tomorrow afternoon. More photos and tales of the very long trip to come once we arrive in Avignon.