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Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes September 18th 2011

Hello all and my apologies for not regularly updating my blog. I was recently told that if I did not update more often, I would be removed from the Christmas list, so obviously much more effort will be given. Well since last Sunday, I have done a lot I suppose. Sunday night we shared a nice meal because it was Virginie's last night here. She was a swell young lady who always had a smile on her face and it was fun joking around with her. I wish her the best of luck in the south of France and we'll miss her here. Monday was the first day of classes at Rennes 2, the French university that I attend. I have classes at 8 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but on Monday mornings I have ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes September 11th 2011

Greetings! I know it's been a little over a week since I last posted something, but I had a lot of homework this week, so I suppose I put my academia first and keeping you informed second. I guess that's alright though :) So last weekend was nice. On Friday night Abbey and I once again had a misunderstanding with the bus system. You see our bus schedule was changing the next day, but they decided to put up the new times that night so we missed our bus by two minutes and then had to wait 40 minutes for the next one, but that one was late, so we had a lot of bonding at the bus stop that night. A few of us gals met in town and enjoyed a bottle of wine together ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » La Gacilly September 4th 2011

This is the last evening of my five day stay in La Gacilly, Brittany. It has been a restful few days which have done me well but I think the tiredness of the past few weeks before I came here have caught up with me in the form of a cold!!! What joy!! Cecile has given me tablets and mouth spray and yesterday I purchased a very expensive packet of Strepsils from a pharmacie in Redon but nothing seems to be working so far! On top of all that I have drank what must be now litres and litres of French herbal tea (not my preferred choice of drink) and water (again not something I like to drink in large quantities). I pray and hope it will be gone by tomorrow afternoon so I can greet ... read more
French Pics 066
Some Breton scenery
Some Breton scenery

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes September 2nd 2011

Hello one and all! So it's been awhile since my last post, but that's because I've been busy with my first week of classes. I'm not at the university yet, but these first two weeks are at the School of Language and Communications and we have class for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week for 2 weeks, so it counts for 2 college credits. Thus, it has been a little intense at times, but nothing too horrible. I found out I was placed in the highest language level which is reassuring and means that I can speak French fairly well, but it also means that I'm in a challenging class, so I'm just trying to be patient with myself and take everything little by little so I don't get so overwhelmed. Monday was a ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Morbihan August 31st 2011

Rain in the night. Not supposed to do that when we have left the chairs out. Bob had to leap up and tuck everything away. By the time we got up it was ok again and sky was reasonably blue so we set off on the scooter. Took the cycle track to St Jacques as campsite owner said we could. This is a little fishing port with a very rocky shoreline and the type of fishing is odd, to say the least. We don’t understand what it is that the French do when they stand around, bent right over, in muddy seawater with buckets and knives. We think they are digging up crustaceans but not sure what sort – mussels, oysters, scallops ? Whatever it is they do there were a lot of them doing it ... read more
/glorious glass
digging - but for what ?
St Jacques coast line

Europe » France » Brittany » Morbihan August 30th 2011

Special note for my friend Lynne. Hope that these blogs are keeping you entertained during your lunch breaks ! Todays Campsite is : Domaine le Bohat, Sarzeau Woke to the sound of ducks quacking on the water but couldn’t see them as the river was shrouded in mist, which gave us hope for a sunny day. Should have got up sooner than we did for a drive-day with quite a few miles to cover to get us across to the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany. Not helped that we needed to shop for a few essentials on the way. More milk, and potatoes to replace those we accidentally left behind in the veggie rack at home (neighbour Chris is getting accustomed to panic calls asking him to empty it out and please use anything edible). Found ... read more
Pretty Normandy buildings
We travelled a very rural route for the first part of the drive
Barbecued pork

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes August 29th 2011

Hey everyone, So to you all back in the states, Sundays might mean church, watching football, or doing that week's grocery shopping/errands, but here in France it is very different. Sunday is still the day for church for those who practice, but it could also mean sleeping in for others. I decided to sleep in this week, but will be mostly likely church shopping next week with Abbey. It was my first day free of any obligations to my school program, so it was nice to relax a little. At 11 we left the house to drive to Laurent's mom's house because it was her birthday on Wednesday, so they were having a big family meal on Sunday. It was a lovely countryside drive, only about an hour away. We arrived at an adorable house with ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande August 28th 2011

Hello all, So I'm a little behind on writing my blogs so I'm going to try to catch up. So Friday was sort of "Orientation" to the program so it was just some informative meetings and what not. But for lunch we had a very very French meal: Subway, Lay chips and Coca-Cola :) Haha. It did the job though. We had some more meetings in the afternoon and then we walked around the campus. It began to rain, and the it would be beautiful and then it would rain again. Apparently, that's how the weather is here most of the time. However, it's been a gorgeous weekend, so I'm not judging Bretagne yet. After the tour, Abbey (who lives on the same street I do) took the local transportation for the first time. She was ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes August 28th 2011

Oh la la! After three wondrous days in Paris, we finally were on our way to Rennes, which is about four hours south west of Paris by car or two hours by train. On our way to Rennes we stopped in Chartres where there is the most magnificent cathedral I've ever seen. Perhaps even better than Notre Dame. The exterior of the church is all intricately sculpted and all of the sculptures tell a story. Then on the inside, there are columns and stain glass galore. Once again, each stain glass window, and even each section of the window tells a story--either about who bought or made the window, the history at the time, or from the Bible. Malcolm was our tour guide and he has been giving tours for 55 years and has written 4 ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Quay-Portrieux July 26th 2011

Hi everyone, I start my "Tour de France" in Brittany to visit my wonderful niece, her mum and her grany. I spent 4 realy nice days between games with my niece, nice walks (when it was not raining!) and good meals. I did not take a lot of pictures, but there is a few just to show how Brittany is a realy lovely area of France. Je commence mon "Tour de France" en Bretagne pour visiter ma super niece, sa maman et sa meme. J'ai passe 4 supers journees entre jeux, promenades agreables (quand il ne pleuvait pas) et bon repas. Je n'ai pas pris beaucoup de photos, mais ils y en a tout de meme quelques unes pour montrer que la Bretagne est une tres jolie region de France.... read more
The island of Brehat / L'ile de Brehat
A lovely show on the sea front / Un spectacle sur le bord de mer
A lovely show on the sea front / Un spectacle sur le bord de mer

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