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Paris-Immersion School in the Dordogne-Languedoc-Aix & Lessons Learned

Paris-Immersion School in the Dordogne-Languedoc-Aix & Lessons Learned

Aug 23rd, 2014, 05:59 PM
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I'm enjoying your trip report very much. I visited the Chateau des Milandes a few years ago - saw the birds of prey show. There was a black/white photo of Josephine Baker sitting on the steps of the chateau after being locked out. Maybe you saw it.
I stayed in Beynac for a week. The walk up the winding street to the chateau was almost impossible!
Looking forward to reading more about your classes and adventures!
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Aug 25th, 2014, 10:58 AM
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kerouac-yes, it was pretty great- just like my other trips to France have been-that's what makes it so hard for me to get out of Fabulous France and see the rest of the world!

powhatangal-I did see that tragic photo-nice to know that she left the world back on top with her last performances sold out crowds with the likes of Sophie Loren, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross & Liza Minnelli in the audience.
That would be a killer work out going "up" the streets of Beynac-but a great reason to eat more of the fabulous French pastries.

Today, petit dejeuner, class and lunch same as yesterday.

The weather is a little rainy so we all decide to watch a movie in French from the vast collection of the house. (J, the owner also has a large library of books in English & French which you are welcome to avail yourself of during your stay).
Three of the students go thru the videos and come up with a list of about 10 for us to choose from. Then with the input of A, our teacher, one is chosen.

We all settle in to watch the movie on the comfy sofas and chairs in the salon and I promptly fall asleep-waking up to the sounds of laughter-apparently it was a comedy.

The rest of the afternoon the group is divided.
Some will stay at the house and either rest or take a walk around the nearby countryside with P, a fellow student and botanist from England.
I am in the group who decide to go to the nearby town of Bergerac with J, the owner who has some business to take care of there.

It is a light rain when J, the owner, drops us off at the top of the town.
We meander down the street, stopping to have a coffee and crepe at a café when the rain gets heavy.
Once the rain stops we go into a few shops, most selling foie gras and wine from the region.

Bergerac is an unassuming medieval town and today it is very quiet.

There is a nice statue of Cyrano de Bergerac in the small town square in the middle of town where the stores & cafes are.

Down a ways is Place de la Myrpe, a peaceful and picturesque square, with half timbered historic houses.
Most are typical stone and wood, but one is a B&B with bright blue shutters with a woman mannequin in period costume leaning out the window. Next door the shutters are light purple with a matching bicycle leaning on the wall next to the café table with chairs painted in the same blue & purple of the shutters.

We head to our meeting place-a cloister from the 12th century which is now a wine museum showing the history of Bergerac wines.
We sit under the large tree in the open courtyard watching a film crew use the tall ivy covered walls as their backdrop while J, the owner is on her phone wrapping up some more business.

As days go-this was my down day-the most laid back and relaxed day of the trip.
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Aug 25th, 2014, 12:06 PM
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I agree that it is very hard to pass on a trip to France for other destinations. I especially love the small towns and villages. Two weeks from today DH and I leave for Scotland and Ireland. It was a difficult decision for me - spending our travel funds on a non-France destination. Last summer, I dragged my DH and two friends up that walk from the river to the Chateau in Beynac. They were definitely not as gung-ho as I was over the plan! The previous trip, it had been much too hot to even think about tackling that steep incline.

Your style of traveling and writing is terrific!
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