Published: September 22nd 2008September 22nd 2008
We had a fairly tourist-filled weekend on our trip to northern France. Our bus left Paris at 7am and we headed out to Saint Malo, a city about 4 hours west of Paris. The drive was beautiful, the hills were so green and all the houses were old stone cottages. Upon arriving in Saint Melo, we headed down to walk in the water which was surprisingly blue. It reminded me of water I would see in southern France, rather than in northern France. I didn't have to avoid any barnacles or seaweed, although the limpets were treacherous. It felt so good to be near water again.
The streets here were filled with ice cream, crepes, cute french babies, and beautiful architecture. I've already been named the "baby stealer" on this trip, but I can't help it, they are too cute! Dani and I sat at a cafe and enjoyed people watching for an hour or so. Like I mentioned before, the architecture throughout France is incredible. It's so different from the states, where there isn't much history to each building. It's been fun to learn from our guide, who is an architecture major, about the different styles and time periods of
certain buildings and houses.
The hotel we stayed in was comical. Perhaps as a "treat" we were served an American meal of french fries, chicken, and corn salad. Unfortunately, it was the worst meal I've had so far. The bed had built-in pillows, but it was all free, so can't complain too much! We woke up early, bypassed the sheep checkpoint and headed out to Mont Saint- Michel on Sunday morning. We had sunny weather so the views were incredible. Hope my pictures give some idea of the structure.
It was great to see another part of France over the weekend. Back in Paris today, we got to see our school for the first time, which is beautiful. There is a courtyard and garden in the middle and the building is completely enclosed. By metro it is about ten minutes from my apartment and to walk it would probably take about 30 minutes. We take an oral test on Wednesday to finalize our placement and then we receive our class schedules. The classes here are three hours each, once a week.
So as I have found out, cuisine is tres important in France. So be jealous of what I've eaten
so far. The list includes, an (egg, tuna, olive, tomato crepe), a nutella crepe, a croque monsieur, pesto salmon, pistachio/cafe gelato, an eclair, peach flavored wine, and a variety of tasty sandwiches. I love how long the meals. It seems all we do here is walk and eat.
If anyone has an suggestions on places to see please let me know!
Love you all!
Ps- even the cows here are pretty!
Pps- some of the pictures are from le Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise
There are more photos below