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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau May 5th 2012

Breakfast at the Château The day started with breakfast at the Chateau. It was your traditional half baguette, croissant and coffee affair, plus a cold buffet, with cheese, ham, yogurt etc. The only reason I am really talking about this is because of the very cool three minute egg cooker. They had this machine full of water, you turned the temperature up and when it boiled you placed the egg in a small ramekin then in the special holder and dropped it in the water. Three minutes later you have the perfect 3 minute soft boil egg. I want one of these for home. Roquefort After breakfast it was off to Roquefort and a tour of the caves. It is about a 15 minute drive from Millau to Roquefort, you pass under the famous bridge and ... read more
Roquefort Villeage
One of the Cave's
Hail

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau May 4th 2011

Today was a travelling day. We could have left everyone wondering where on earth we were and just missed this day’s blog out completely. But then you might all be worrying about our whereabouts and getting in touch with the authorities. Needless to say the day was uneventful and we made it safely to our destination. We were sad to leave Beynac as it has left us with some wonderful memories. We assured the owner we would write a positive review on the booking website. We even had some washing done for us for free. It came back neatly folded or ironed in the bag we provided. Such luxury. We decided to go with whatever Miss GPS planned for us. We were not going to have another nasty experience by ending up in the wrong part ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau June 14th 2010

So Pau is pretty much an exact replica of Moscow, only bigger, with more things to do, and in France…. Well I guess only the weather is exactly like in Moscow, bipolar. I am still battling the plague, and I think it is because I wake up in the morning and it is sunny so I wear a cute skirt to class, then on my way I can see my breath, then after class it is very warm, then it rains again! I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. Only two more weeks and it will already be over! I feel like my French has not improved incredibly, but I have done A LOT of homework, met a lot of wonderful people, eaten my body weight in bread and cheese, and had a blast. ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau June 8th 2010

I’ve discovered that bad days happen, even in France! Somewhere between taking a week to find out you have to go to la poste to exchange money NOT THE BANQUE (and waiting an hour at each), being called dramatic and ugly (among other not-nice things), failing my expose (and having to do another), catching the plague (and everyone thinking I am hungover), and all the while not understanding most of what is going on around me (my brain no longer works in French OR in English), I have learned a few important things. The only thing you need to know how to say to survive in France is “ça va” It pretty much covers everything. The cure to a terrible day is incredibly simple; a baguette, cheese, and éclairs! Solves all ailments. And for some reason, ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau June 1st 2010

So I have been in Pau for a week now. I don’t think that I will ever come home (sorry mom). I ADORE PAU. It is so small and quaint, but beautiful at the same time. It is a perfect combination of Paris and home. The people are so amazing, the language is beautiful, and there are so many fun things to do. I just love it here. I love love love the family that I am staying with. They are so sweet. They don’t speak any English, which I love. It is hard to live with strangers that don’t even speak the same language but somehow they have made me so comfortable here. The mom, Steph, is super sporty and just so adorable. The Dad, Fred, laughs ALL THE TIME. The kids are 7 and ... read more
Back of Notre Dame with bright light
Back of Notre Dame
Ceiling of Pantheon

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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau January 9th 2010

It's my first weekend here in Pau, so I decided to explore my surroundings. I always find that the best way to become familiar with a place is to get lost in it first. So, I had planned to meet up with a friend at the bus stop Halles at 10 am. I decided to walk to the bus stop that we were meeting at rather than to take the bus since my house is about 20 min away from it. I got there about a half an hour early so I just wandered around the area making sure that i was in the right place. Neither of us have cellphones, so it is very important to be at the right place at the right time. Finally around 10 I wandered over to the bus stop ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau June 6th 2009

Back in France just on time to cross two adventures from my wish list! Although my family lives only a few hours from the Pyrenees mountain range, I never got the chance to be in France in June since they moved there...which is precisely the best time of the year to go rafting and trekking in the area! Actually, as far as the rafting on the Gave d'Ossau (class III & IV) is concerned, it is only feasible between late April and June, right after springtime when plenty of water is coming down the snake like river, so yes I had been waiting for many years... The huge plus was that this was a family trip which when leaving on the other side of the world doesn’t happen that often, and make it all the ... read more
Rafting on Gave d'Ossau - group picture!
Waterfall time
Lac Gentau - simply spectacular!

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau April 14th 2008

Well, those of you who enjoy stories about my tri-weekly interactions with French adolescents are in for a treat with this update, as I’ve got plenty of funny anecdotes of precocious pre-teens. On Thursday at Clermont, the Shakespeare efforts continued with an introduction to the sonnets, followed by further rehearsal time. I had chosen Sonnet 130, “My Mistresses’ Eyes”, since it’s pretty amusing and I didn’t think it would go over my kids heads. It contains the line “If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun”. So I ask if there are any questions about vocabulary, and of course Floristan pipes up “ca veut dire quoi, ‘breasts”? (“what does that mean, ‘breasts?”). Before I have a chance to find the right way to put it, Virgine supplies him with the French translation and then ... read more
Close-up
regular ol' FUtones
The Gave

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau April 2nd 2008

So “le meteo”, or the weather, gets center stage for this update. I know I’ve mentioned several times before that, in the words of Shakespeare, the skies above Pau often ressemble “a foul bombard that would shed his liquor” (Tempest). This has led the assistants to coin the phrase that it’s “Pauing” instead of pouring. However, this past week has been like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. The rain did not let up for a single day after Easter. It rained in sheets all through Alla’s visit, right up until Saturday. Then, we had one day of absolutely perfect, sunny, 75 degree weather before being plunged back down into the black pit of despair on Sunday. Monday, however, took the cake. I walked to work at Jeanne d’albret in the pouring rain, arriving “archi-trempe”, ... read more
St. Sebastian
St. Sebastian
St. Sebastian

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pau March 25th 2008

AZNS Meet Wen and Vivienne (Xiaoling), my two friends from China. It took a long time for us to break the ice because I don’t speak Chinese, and Wen and Xiaoling don’t speak English. Our only medium is the French language. All of my French friends are learning English, so there’s that backup if we don’t understand one another. But it’s different with Wen and Xiaoling. Comforting in a way, that we’re in a different world communicating in a different language. Wen’s probably the nicest person I’ve ever met. I really can’t say enough about him. He’s warm and affectionate, and I must say I questioned his sexuality on more than one occasion. He’s crazy, too. He asked me to walk to Bayonne with him over spring break. I think he ended up just going by ... read more
Diner chez Xiaoling
Wen, myself, Xiaoling & Heidi




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