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S: France 2011

FC: France | Montpellier Nimes Avignon Chateau des Baux Pont du Gard St. Guillaume Carcassonne | March 2011 Mediterranean Semester Westmont College

1: France

2: Montpellier was my home for a month. I lived near the Gare St. Roch and the Place de Comedie (top right). It was a beautiful little college town with dozens of bakeries, a moderately dangerous tram system, and far too many French people. My host family was welcoming even though my French was atrocious. I remember my time there with fondness. | Montpellier

3: The meeting fountain | The Place de Comedie | My bedroom | My host parents, Pierre and Elaine

4: As part of our stay in Montpellier, we studied French at the ILP. It was there I learned I would never pronounce French well, but that French people appreciated my efforts so that they could laugh at me. | Mandi, me, and Kendra after class

5: Studying | We also studied history and religion with our professors from Westmont

6: Nimes This little town is famous for its lucky crocodile and Roman ruins. | Jeremy and Marianne (Left) were our faithful tourguide and translator respectively. I now know more than I believed possible about the south of France.

7: Roman ruins remain in Nimes, though some structures, such as the temple (bottom right) have been reconstructed. The miniature colosseum is still used for concerts and tours.

8: Avignon

9: Avignon is home to the Pope's Palace, the famous retreat of a French Pope.

10: Chateau des Baux

11: Typical French landscape | This amazing castle was surprisingly large though most of it is rubble. We had fun getting lost exploring various passageways and climbing to the top of each guard tower. We ended the day with a group nap. | Alyssa, me, Sam, Jenny, Kendra, Rachael, and Emma

12: Trip to the vineyard | A day trip to a nearby vineyard was a welcome study break.

13: Little did we know the afternoon jaunt would result in a night of movies and pizza at the Lemmond-Robins.

14: Pont du Gard Pont du Gard is part of an aqueduct built by the Romans. This portion is the tallest aqueduct bridge the Romans built. In total, the aqueduct carried water 30 miles and only descended 56 feet. Apparently the Roman engineers were pretty talented.

16: St. Guillaume | This small town was breathtakingly beautiful. We appreciated the stunning views and amusing folklore associated with the mountain.

17: Kendra and me (left) Jenny, Paige, Jess, Kelly, Mandi, and Hannah in a cloister

18: More of St. Guillaume simply because it is beautiful. | Having fun... Jess, Mandi, Alyssa, Rachael, me, Paige, Hannah, Jenny, Sarah, Kendra, Kelly, Kacie, and Sam | Matt and Brooks enjoying the bridge

19: We all enjoyed walking through the town and imagining a life there. I decided I'd make this bridge my reading bridge while Mandi chose this rock in order to dip her feet in the stream.

20: Carcassonne

21: As we approached the castle, we were quite impressed

22: The inside of the wall | View from the top | Carcassonne and Me | Castle turrets

23: I was in charge of keeping out the bad guys. | We decided we'd live here too as long as we could call ourselves the knights of | Mandi found her way into the picture from afar | Carcassonne

24: The Ladies Jess, Mandi, Alyssa, Rachael, me, Paige, Hannah, Jenny, Sarah, Kendra, Kelly, Kacie, and Sam

25: As we explored the south of France and learned about French history and culture, I was charmed by the people and the gorgeous landscape. It was six weeks of fun and discovery that I will never forget. | I conquered the castle!!! | My hero is everywhere

26: What does my dad do for a living? He... watches people drive and writes about them. | En Francais Amanda! -My French teacher, about a million times | My host mom: What does your mom do for a living? Me: Elle est mathématicien. (while miming writing numbers in a book) My host mom: Oh! Un contable? Me: Sure. | A random man in a Plaza: Le temps? Me: Je ne parle pas Francais Man: The time? Me: Je ne parle pas Francais? Man: (incredulously) the time? Me: Oh... I don't know. | Me to a crepe-shop owner: un crepe con Nutella s'il vous plait Shop owner: *blank stare* Me: un crepe (this time with a guttural "r") Shop owner: *blank stare* Me: Come on, that's all you sell!

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