L’histoire et la fête

July 15, 2019

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Language: French
Location: Nantes

Another weekend flew by and we’ve had do much fun!

Saturday morning we headed downtown to visit the Machines of the Isle of Nantes. They were created on the site of old shipyards and inaugurated in 2007. The Machines were inspired by the invented worlds of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the steampunk movement. Our students walked by the The Great Elephant, a mechanical animal measuring 12m (39 ft) by 8m (26 ft) and made from 45 tons of wood and steel. The Elephant sprays water through its trunk, which, on this particularly hot day, felt like a true boon. We visited the Machine Gallery and a few of our students were lucky enough to operate the flying heron. After the tour we all took a ride on the Marine World Carousel, where we not only enjoyed the view of the ocean, but were also able to guide the movements of the machine we had picked. Lunch was a picnic downtown and the afternoon was spent at the pool, downtown, or on campus, depending on the students’ preferences. We had our 14th of July barbeque one day early to accommodate our day trip the next day but it was a lot of fun and we all celebrated by going to the local firemen’s Bastille Day ball.

On Sunday we took a bus to the Puy du Fou, a theme park based on French history and voted best European theme park. We were awed by the Phantom Birds Dance, with its low-flying birds of prey, and the Vikings, with its impressive pyrotechnics and sinking drakar. We saw Musketeers dance, chariot races and gladiators fights, and we witnessed love and sorrow during WW1. The day was truly magical!

Today, we’re back in class discussing partitive articles and food in France and other Francophone countries.

After their Cultural Exploration class, the students will be divided in 3 groups to enjoy some free time downtown, explore the Nantes Museum of Art, or participate in a cooking workshop (Cook & Go). The groups will rotate between today, Wednesday and Thursday so that everyone will be able to experience all three.

Tonight the RAs have planned a game night where 5 teams of students will compete to be crowned kings and queens of Blanche de Castille.

Today’s Schedule

8:00 am—9:00 am—Breakfast

9:00 am—9:20 am—Morning Assembly

9:30 am—10:20 am—Class Block 1

10:20 am—10:30 am—Break & Snack

10:30 am—11:25 am—Class Block 2

11:20 am—11:30 am—Break

11:30 am —12:20 pm—Class Block 3

12:30 pm—1:30 pm—Lunch + pick up afternoon snack

1:30 pm—3:30 pm—Cultural Exploration Class

3:30 pm—6:30 pm—Downtown/Cooking Class/Art Museum

6:30 pm—7:30 pm—Sports/Arts/Downtime

7:30 pm—8:30 pm—Dinner

8:30 pm—10:00 pm—Game Night

10:00 pm—In Room

10:30 pm—Lights Out

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