Vendredi le 15 avril
First stop of the day was the little Provençal village of Saint Didier.
We learned about the local production of almonds and honey. At the Sylvain nougat store, students had a "dégustation" of 4 different types of nougat.
We watched artisan nougatiers prepare nougat noir. Next the students did some shopping in the boutique.
Our day took us throughout the beautiful French countryside.
Gordes is known as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Our trip continued through the hills to l'Abbaye de Sénanque. In July the abbey is surrounded by its famous, purple fields of lavander.
Next stop was a lovely lunch in a quaint, local restaurant.
After lunch we visited le musée de la lavande. Students learned about the many uses for fine lavander.
Hanging out amongst the lavander, rosemary and century-old olive trees.
It was a wonderful week in the South of France. Students will spend the next four days with their host families. On Wednesday, we will take the TGV to Paris.
Jeudi le 14 avril
After attending classes at le lycée, we did some shopping at the Thursday morning market in Villeneuve.
The fresh-picked strawberries (les fraises) were quite a hit amongst the students.
After our pique-nique, we headed uphill to Le Fort Saint André.
Later in the afternoon we toured the Chartreuse . The tour ended with chocolat-chaud et des gateaux au chocolat. C'était délicieux!
The day ended with a special dinner at le lycée with all the students and their host families.
Mercredi le 13 avril
Our day by the sea.
The students were overwhelmed by the natural beauty of Cassis.
Our boat ride took us to see 3 of the "calanques" (stoney coves.)
The views were truly breathtaking.
After a walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, students had some time to faire du shopping et manger des glaces.
Mardi le 12 avril
We met in the lycée library before heading off to an olive mill in Maussane.
Students learned about olive trees and olive oil.
After visiting the mill, we had a "degustation" of the different types of olive oil.
Next we visited the famous windmill of Alphonse Daudet.
For lunch, we ate at a local restaurant school. Students learned which fork to use for each course.
First course, soufflé au fromage. Délicieux!
Plat principal- Pintade avec des pommes de terre Berny
Dessert- Une tarte aux fraises
Next we were off to Arles. There we visited several Roman sites.
A quick photo at Vincent Van Gogh's favorite café
The cloisters in Arles
Last stop of the day, Van Gogh's gardens
Another beautiful day in Provence. Tomorrow, we're off to the Mediterrean Sea.
Lundi le 11 avril
After orientation and a tour of the lycée, we toured Avignon: "le petit Rome."
Here students visited 14th century cloisters.
Rue des teinturiers
le Palais des Papes
first group photo
We danced on Le pont d'Avignon
The day finished with a special ceremony at the town hall.
samedi le 9 et dimanche le 10 avril
On Saturday morning the bus left Penncrest for JFK.
Waiting for our first flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
Frankfurt and a German breakfast :-)
Arrival in sunny Provence!
Finally, the last leg of the trip: bus from
Marseille to Avignon.
20 hours in transit, yet smiles abound.
With the Pont d'Avignon and lavender fields as the
perfect backdrop, the Penncrest students were
reunited with their French correspondants.
I'm pretty sure that everyone will sleep well tonight.
Here is a photo of the 26 Penncrest students before leaving for Avignon.
After hosting 26 students from Provence in November, the American students are anxious to be reunited with their French exchange students in Avignon. The Penncrest students have attended after school meetings since early March to prepare for the trip.