Claire W. is currently a junior at SYA France and a blogger for the Campus Reporter program. She comes to SYA from The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.
After a month and a half of hard work, we were awarded with a Touissant break-- a Catholic holiday celebrated throughout France. During this holiday, I visited 5 French cities and met my entire extended host family.
Nantes: For the first three days of break, SYA France took a trip to this big bustling city. We visited a beautiful chateau inhabited by the dukes of Bretagne, visited the slavery memorial, which all corresponded to what we have learned in Politics and History. We also went to a museum of machines and rode on a merry-go-round full of creatures très bizarre! Nantes is twice as large as Rennes, and it has many shopping malls, restaurants and places to eat great gelato. We also got to see the skyline of the city from the tour de Bretagne, one of the tallest buildings in France.
Versailles: I took a train by myself from Nantes to Versailles without getting lost! I met my host mom at the station and went to my host grandmother’s. I was so happy to be with the family again after a whole week of being apart. We visited the Chateau of Versailles together the next day, and it was even more magnificent then I remembered from when I visited 10 years ago, and now I can understand the history behind the palace! We also drove up to Paris for one night for a oriental jazz concert. Life is full of surprises here in France.
Chatre: On our way back to Rennes, we stopped to see the Cathedral of Chatre. When we think of French Cathedrals, Notre Dame de Paris is usually what comes to mind, but Notre Dame de Chatre is in no way less spectacular. Known for its stained glasses, chatre blue is one of the most beautiful colors I have ever seen.
Roche-Sur-Yon: After two days in Rennes, we left for the region-Vendée. My host dad’s parents live in the countryside in the middle of the forest. Unfortunately, since it was classic french weather- rainy - we didn’t get to go to the seaside, but I quite enjoyed living in a 19th century house.
Saint-Malo: The day before school started again, we took a trip to the seaside. It was a little rainy, but it felt good to get out of the house before it’s time to head to school again. Walking around on the beach, and getting a gigantic macaroon for a snack was the best way to end this adventurous vacation.
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