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French Trip to Provence 2019

Karen Smith

During the October half term, twenty nine Canfordians visited Provence to immerse themselves in the French way of life and the country’s culture.

Pupils spent time in a Home stay ‘chez l’habitant’ with local families which greatly improved their linguistic skills.  They also followed a cross curricular programme of French culture and History, with visits to the Fragonard Perfumery in Grasse, the D-Day museum in Toulon, the Camp des Mille-WWII Internment and deportation centre in Marseille and the oceanarium in Monaco.  Pupils also enjoyed some free time in Nice and Cannes.

Pupil comments from the trip in both French and English were testament to how valuable the experience had been:

“Une expérience culturelle utile, qui me permet non seulement de tester mon degré de fluence verbale, mais également de découvrir des nombreuses attractions touristiques.”

“C’était fantastique parce les français sont très gentils.”

“I had an amazing trip but my favourite part was definitely when I had the day with just my French family. We went to a French car boot sale and then to a millionaire’s home which had been converted into an art gallery. Then in the evening we had a lovely dinner where we ate crêpes and sang to the Queen and also many French songs at the top of our lungs with the father on the guitar and the speaker full blast. It definitely was a very memorable time!”

Some pupils are still in contact with friends and their hosts and plan further exchanges in the future.


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