School Trip to the South of France
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The next day, before leaving Avignon we visited the Palais des Papes, an enormous Gothic palace/fortress that was originally constructed during the Middles Ages and was continually being added onto by later popes
On Day 3 we started the day by taking the van to a different beach to go see the designated vacation castle for all the presidents of France since Charles DeGaulle. Of course we didn’t actually see it close up since it’s on its own little island but it was interesting. We even saw a helicopter flying above it and I’m convinced it was Sarkozy, the current president of France. Later in the day we toured a sort of botanical garden called Jardin des Méditerranées. It was drizzling out so it wasn’t the greatest day to be walking around outside, but all the gardens were really beautiful. Despite being winter, there were still spots of colorful flowers in the sea of green plants. Particularly because of all the Mimosa trees that grow everywhere in this region of France. The only kind of Mimosa I knew about before seeing these trees was the delicious orange juice and champagne cocktail the Spataro family enjoys every Christmas morning, but these trees were just as great, but in a different way. Even though it was only about 55 degrees the trees still looked like they were in full bloom, just completely full of little orange-ish, yellow-ish flowers.
Day 4: Rain, rain, rain
The last day of our trip was absolutely gorgeous. Bright and early we took a boat to an island called Port-Cros where we stayed for the day. The island was basically deserted because like most places in the south of France, it is only really lively in the summer. Because there were no stores or activities going on, we took a 3 hour hike in which we saw a beautiful view of Mediterranean. We saw the real reason why they call it the Côte D’Azur: the water was so blue
I didn’t even mention all the delicious meals I had throughout the trip either! I think I probably had about 200 Euros worth of meals in those 5 days. Some of the highlights include: escargots, foie gras (which I didn’t like), crêpes, mussels, duck, cream puffs, beef bourguignon, and these little fish called “Jols” in French where you eat the whole fish, eyes and fins included! I’m glad I got to try so many different typically French food…as strange as some of it was.
During our last group dinner it was clear everyone was sad to be leaving, and so overall despite the rainy days we had, it was still a good time. I was glad to get away for a bit and see more of France. Plus during the down-time we had and while it was pouring outside I was even able to watch some of the Olympics on TV at the hotel—an unexpected bonus of the vacation!