Saturday, May 7th, 2011

One Less Item on my Bucket List

This post requires a little bit of a back-story. When I was little, I was obsessed with three things, the Titanic (before the movie came out, thank you), Pompeii, and Claude Monet. I had a book, Linnea in Monet’s Garden, which followed a little girl, Linnea, and her retired neighbor, Mr. Bloom, on their trip to Monet’s garden. I adored this book to the point that my Mom told me that one day she would take me to Giverny so I too could visit the garden. Fast forward to this semester, Monet’s garden was still in the back of my […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2011

Journée de Découvert (Day of Discovery)

This past Thursday, I had my “Journée de Découvert” or “day of discovery.” This semester, everyone in the program had the chance to pick a profession that they wanted to shadow for half a day. There have been people shadowing bakers, chefs, historians, writers, and much more. It was just another opportunity to experience French culture at its best. Originally, I really wanted to go somewhere that made cheese, for obvious reasons that cheese is delicious and, oh, so French.  But since we had a group trip to a cheese farm, I had to pick another. Thus is the short story […]

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Monday, April 25th, 2011

16 Avril à 23 Avril- Photo du Jour

The first week of Easter vacation. We finished up the Bucknell en France excursion to Préigord just in time for my Mom to come to Tours! It’s been a great week showing my Mom around town, trying to teach her some French, and having someone else to take pictures with.

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

9 Avril à 15 Avril – Photo du Jour

9 Avril, 2011: The Bucknell en France group took a trip to Candes-Saint-Martin, an adorable little town about an hour away from Tours. It’s actually listed as one of the most beautiful towns in France. During the visit, we had an exquisite boat ride on the Loire river (the same one that runs through Tours). In this photo, one of the captains is using the long pole to measure the depth of the river.

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

26 Mars à 8 Avril – Photo du Jour (a two for one special)

It’s been another really stressful two weeks of school, so I have a lot of photos stocked up. 26 Mars, 2011: This is the Point du Hoc, the cliff side in between Omaha and Utah beach. On D Day, before any of the ships arrived on the beaches, around 200 Americans fought on these cliff sides… only 95 survived.

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Monday, April 4th, 2011

America in France: A trip to Normandy

One of the reasons I was most excited about being apart of Bucknell en France is that the group goes on an excursion to Normandy. Ever since I took European history in high school, I’ve been fascinated with … well … European history. As Normandy was occupied by Germany between 1940 and 1945, the region is one of the best testaments to the effects of World War II on France. I seriously changed the “Christmas countdown” that I have on my computer to a “Normandy countdown” We certainly did fill this three-day excursion to the brim. We visited two small […]

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

19 Mars à 25 Mars – Photo du Jour

19 Mars, 2011: When I visited Orléans for my “doctors” visit, they insisted on x-raying my lungs. I was all bummed out about all the radiation, but they gave me this super awesome x-ray of my lungs. Guess who according to the immigration office doctors doesn’t have lung cancer/tuberculosis? It’s me!

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Friday, March 25th, 2011

12 Mars à 18 Mars – Photo du Jour

I apologize that it took me awhile to post this latest installment of Photo du Jour. I had a very tough week (schoolwork wise), and therefore had no free time to put together this montage. Hopefully it was worth the wait.

12 Mars, 2011: We decided to have a girls night in Saturday night! Marie lives in a family that has four girls, so it really wasn’t that difficult to find a chick flick. If you can see, we watched “College Attitude,” which is France’s title for, “Never Been Kissed.”

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

A Recipe for Madeleines!

I’ve always wanted to break out of my baking go-to, cookies or cakes. And what better place to do that then France? I didn’t venture far out of my comfort zone when my friend Marie and I decided to try out a recipe for Madeleines. To make a short story shorter, they were absolutely delicious. As soon as I tried that batter, I knew that I wanted to share this recipe. So here you go, dearest followers, a recipe for Madeleines.

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