Study Abroad Blog: Bonjour au France!

posted Feb 25, 2011, 5:26 PM by College Gloss   [ updated Feb 27, 2011, 11:58 PM by Stephany F. ]

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This past weekend, I flew down to the south of France for a weekend trip to Carcassonne, a small town about seven hours away from Paris and two hours away from Barcelona, Spain. The city of Carcassonne is a medieval city that  dates back to around 1659. It was restored in the 19th century and is one of the most magical places I have ever gone to.


I felt as if I was transported back in time when I was walking through La cite.  The roads are all cobble stone and a distinct smell of crepes could be smelled wherever I went. The city of Carcassonne itself (the new city) is very picturesque with cobble stone roads, stands of vegetables and outdoor cafes located both in the square and on the narrow streets. 

Being so close to Spain, many tourists wandering around are Spanish.  One thing I applauded the locals on is how easily they can switch languages. I envy them for being able to do this. In La Cite, most people working there just jump from language to language to see which one suits you, and I was envious the entire time.

On Sunday, my final day there, it was in the lower 50’s temperature wise, and for a student who is accustomed to Vermont weather, it wasn’t that bad at all. However, the tourists from Spain and Italy thy were completely bundled up in puffy long coats with fur lined hoods and wearing scarves gloves and hats. I was wearing a dress, boots and a light coat and was perfectly fine.  

I want to come back when it was warmer though and sit at the outdoor garden cafes and see the flowers and trees blossom. We all decided to buy crepes and sit in the square and just take in this special city.  We had fun people-watching, and it was such a great experience. At midday we said au revoir la France and headed to the airport.


Au revoir! Until next time!
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