Amy Tondu

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End-of-Year Reception!

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The School in France held its End of Term Reception for students, faculty, staff, host families and foyers at the Madeleine Center on May 5th. It was a lovely, and for some, the last occasion to get together and to celebrate the end of a challenging but thrilling semester and/or academic year in Paris. We profusely thank again the following individuals: our faculty, without whom our academic program wouldn’t be what it is today; EUSA France for its engaging internship program; and our host families and foyers who contribute so much to the success of our students’ cultural and linguistic immersion experience. Merci et bonne fin de séjour à tous nos étudiants!DSCN0381 DSCN0378 DSCN0355DSCN0341DSCN0339DSCN0338DSCN0331DSCN0327DSCN0321

Evening at the Opera !

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12 lucky students attended one of the final rehearsals of the ballet, L’Histoire de Manon, that is currently being performed at the Palais Garnier. For more information on the ballet, please see the following page of the Opéra National de Paris’ website : https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-2014-2015/ballet/l-histoire-de-manon-kenneth-macmillan. DSCN0301

Middlebury in Prehistoric France !

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Students in Bordeaux and Poitiers spent last Saturday in Périgord first on a walking tour of the medieval and Renaissance quarters of the city of Périgueux, then discovering two of the region’s more important prehistoric sites ; Périgord is often referred to as the cradle of European civilization as it offers a plethora of Paleolithic sites to visit. At Laugerie Basse (http://www.lascaux-dordogne.com/fr/patrimoine-culturel/site-monument-site-archeologique/abri-prehistorique-de-laugerie-basse), our group explored two rockshelters first occupied in 15 000 BC and then at Lascaux II (http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/), they studied the reproductions of the original Lascaux cave paintings which are estimated to be over 17 000 years old! Both of the afternoon visits allowed students to learn in a fun and engaging way more about what life was like for prehistoric man. Photo 11-04-2015 11 34 23 Photo 11-04-2015 14 11 50 Photo 11-04-2015 15 33 22 Photo 11-04-2015 15 34 41

Chantilly in the Spring

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A handful of student of students recently joined historian, Xavier Le Person, for a guided tour of the Chantilly château. One of the most picturesque castles in the Paris area, the impressive Chantilly château dates back to the 16th century and its estate includes a beautiful, large park with gardens designed by Andre Le Nôtre. The discovery of the rich history of the domaine and of another of Chantilly’s claim to fame, its whipped cream, (http://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/chantilly-cream/) made up for the rather cloudy skies and cool temperatures!

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A taste of Epoisses anyone?

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epoisse.1251621398Students, staff and faculty gathered last week for the traditional wine and cheese tasting at the Madeleine Center.  The more adventurous tried the lesser known “stinkier” cheeses such as Epoisses (from the Alsace region) and Munster (from Burgandy), others stayed with tried and true favorites such as Comté (Franche-Comté) and Sainte-Maure de Touraine (Centre-Val de Loire).  Chloé_Stéphanie Gabriellle_Claire la photo de groupe Laura Ebob Nayla and co 1 Xavier et Aaron 1 Nayla Alexia J 2

Second Semester Featured Internship : La Maison des Journalistes

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logo mdjAviva Shwayder, a Middlebury College student, is currently interning at the La Maison des Journalistes (MDJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting journalists who have fled their countries (such as Syria, Iran, Rwanda, Tunisia, Cuba) and who are now political refugees in France. The MDJ not only provides these journalists temporary housing, but the staff also helps them apply for political asylum, teaches them French, and find employment so that they can integrate into their new community. The journalists are able to continue to pursue their work in the name of freedom of the press by writing for the MDJ’s online publication “L’oeil de l’exilé.” The MDJ also organizes outreach to secondary schools and universities throughout France, explaining the importance of freedom of speech, the press, and human rights. Aviva works in the communications department, where she translates documents, designs promotional material, and assists with weekly events with the journalists.
For more information on the organization and its activities, please see their website: http://www.maisondesjournalistes.org/ .

 

Winter Study Trip to Burgandy

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Students from Paris and Poitiers spent last weekend in Burgandy, famous for its medieval towns and ducal vineyards.  Like their classmates in Pau last Saturday, they dressed warmly to brave the cold and to discover the historical city center of Dijon, the capital of the famous Dukes of Burgandy and the mustard capital of the world!  The afternoon was spent exploring the region’s wine routes and beautiful landscapes and featured a tour and tasting at the Pommard winery.  Sunday morning offered students the unique opportunity to visit the renowned Hospices de Beaune, the medieval hospital founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancelor of the Duke of Burgandy Philippe le Bon, to house the ill and the poor. To top off the weekend, they then saw for themselves the traces of Burgandy’s rich archeological heritage by visiting the site of Bolards in Nuit-Saint-Georges where a town founded in the 1st century BC by the Eduens has recently been uncovered. For more information on Burgandy, please visit the following website : http://www.burgundy-tourism.com/.

The Bolards Archeological Site

The Bolards Archeological Site

The Hospices or Hôtel Dieu de Beaune

The Hospices or Hôtel Dieu de Beaune

The Room of the Poor, Hospices de Beaune

The Room of the Poor, Hospices de Beaune

Place Darcy in Dijon

Place Darcy in Dijon

Group Photo at the Pommard Winery

Group Photo at the Pommard Winery