Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Institut de Francais'

Photohunt: School

This week's Photohunt theme is school. The last time I was in school was in 2007. I attended Institut de Francais in Villefranche sur Mer. This is a French immersion school where I spent 4 weeks learning a bit...

St Paul de Vence

After graduation, I rolled my suitcase down the hill to catch the bus into Nice. G arrived Friday afternoon and we planned on meeting up at Hotel les Cigales. I stayed there when I arrived. It was nice and...

Fini

Last night I packed and did some final cleaning around the apartment. That took hardly no time what so ever. I tried to study but I just could not focus. The verbs just blurred. I knew what I needed...

Le Quatrième Semaine

Time is going quickly and it is almost over. I had a couple of lovely dinners recently at Le Serre and the restaurant next door to Le Serre whose name I can not remember. Le Serre is a favorite of...

At the beach

Another lazy Sunday. I walked up to the bakery and got a couple of croissants for breakfast and a London Times. I love relaxing on Sunday and reading the newspaper while drinking my coffee. Not as much in the news...

Melancholy

It is a melancholy night for me. I've realized this is the last weekend and there are only 5 more days left here in Villefranche sur Mer. I've been so comfortable here. I love the ability to awake with the...

Biot

I did not realize how close Villefranche was to Menton. Many of the places that are easy to go to are the same ones that we planned on going to on our vacation. So I decided to go to the...

In the hot seat

I finished giving my speech (expose). I think I did okay. I took it easy Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for it and make certain that I rested. It worked because I was able to control my nerves on Friday....

Le Troisième Semaine

On Monday the school organized a trip to St Paul de Vence. I was very interested in visiting the village because I didn't get a chance to visit it on my previous trip even though I was nearby in Vence....

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

After breakfast, I decided to go back to Nice for food again. A quick bus ride and I'm back in the old town. At the stop in Villefranche, I run into another student. She spent all of Saturday visiting the...

Lazy Sunday Morning

Saturday night, I ran into another student. He is a photographer and we talked about where we had been earlier in the day. He had been to Eze and Monaco on Saturday. We talked about the possibilities for Sunday and...

Monaco

Saturday, I met Anna and some other students to go to the Grace Kelly Exhibit. Anna was very stressed about taking the bus and knowing where to get off. I told her that I knew where to go but she...

L'Escalier

I found a new way to get down the hill. Actually I was shown it after dinner on Wednesday by another student who lives along the stairway. I like it better because I can avoid the traffic. I usually don't...

Rugby

Tonight I'm watching the rugby game. It is England versus South Africa. I'm for the Springboks but most everyone is for England in the bar. I think I'll stick around to see what happens. Tomorrow - Monaco and the Princess...

It is becoming a blur

What day is it? Okay, from class I know ... C'est le 13 Septembre 2007 or C'est Jeudi 13 Septembre 2007 but it all seems a blur. Is it Thursday already? Last night we had a group dinner at one...

Deuxième semaine

It is going pretty well this week. The passe compose is fine but I struggle making a question and answering. I struggle the most with Qu'est-ce que ... Our instructor has us answer "we do know not if ...". I...

Gourmet Nice

God I am tired. I don't know if it was the dancing or the long day yesterday. I barely wanted to move today. My leg muscles screamed out - stay home. But I knew it would probably be best to...

Journées Méditerranéennes du Jardin

It is the end of the first week. It is going so fast but it is also great fun. By Friday, my mind was pretty wasted. I was tired and I had a bit of difficulty thinking in French. I...

Challenges

Voices are echoing in my head. I hear my teacher throughout the night and as I fall asleep. "Repeatez" "Il y a ..." "C'est ..." "Un petit problem..." But I am really enjoying the challenge of Institut de Francais. I...

Evening stroll

I love the activity in the old city. At sundown, I stroll along the cobble-stoned paths and alleys of the old town. The ochre, siena and white-wash colors of the walls blend together under the sodium lights to an...

Grammar

Today was grammar day at the September session of Institut de Francais. The beginning (debutants) and intermediate students got together and we had 3 hours of grammar in English. The instructor went over the articles and the verbs. We will...

Argent

I had my ATM blocked. I called WaMu before I left but they still blocked it. WaMu has a new phone menu and I could not figure out what item to select to tell them I was going out of...

Getting into a routine

What a beautiful day. The last few days have had a slight overcast and it was even pretty cloudy. But today was crystal clear. The sun peaks through the shutters around 7am. I try to sleep a bit more but...

Intermediate 1

Yippee! I really didn't want to have to take Beginning French again. I was ready to accept advanced beginners but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I made it to the intermediate class. I am in intermediate 1...

Le premier jour

It is the end of the first day of school at the Institut de Francais. I am at a bar typing on a very poor computer especially for a touch typer. The space bar is a pain and I only...

Villefranche

I moved on today and I'm in my apartment for a month. It is very nice. I got one of the 'better' studios which has a view. Of course, I didn't think about the fact that to have a view,...

Nice is Nice

I just couldn't resist that title. Another day on the French Riviera. No jet lag. I think I have walked the hell out of my jet lag between Amsterdam and Nice. My feet are definitely a little sore. Last night,...

Je suis arrive

I've arrived in France. The trip over was uneventful other than a little delay taking off for Nice. I wasn't able to sleep much on the plane even with a Tylenol PM. The plane was an airbus 300 which had...

Bags are packed

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go. I know... it sounds like a song. I've done well. I've didn't have any problems getting all the clothes I chose into my 22" bag. It wasn't too bad at first...

Planning Marathon

We finally had a chance to sit down and do a little bit of planning for our two weeks together in October. We pulled out all the books and started outlining some ideas of what to do. I had...

Two weeks to France

I can barely endure the butterflies in my stomach. It is less than two weeks before I leave. I'm a bundle of excitement and anxiousness. I have been researching and research but I'm finally to the point of release and...

Fini

I finished my semi-intensive beginning French course today. I am so glad that I took it before my classes in France because I didn't realize how much I had forgot. I hope I can get into a semi-beginner class in...

France 2007

I thought I would give an update on my plans for the France trip. I've detailed some of it under the France category but I haven't pulled it all together in a single post. Kim and Pauline have both asked...

French Lessons

I finished my first week of semi-intensive French at Alliance Francais here in Seattle. I have been studying grammar on my own and listening to podcasts. My favorite so far is Ma France video podcasts at the BBC Language. I...

French school

I've decided to take French again. I've signed up for an intensive French school in Villefranche sur Mer - Institut de Français. I visited Nice and the Alpes Maritime area in 2000 for a hiking trip. I read about the...