September 5, 2014

Bonjour. C'est le weekend!

Today I am sharing some links with "my" French town of Aix-en-Provence. 

I lived here for a year while studying French...My Junior Year Abroad Program. It was/is such a great area of France! The beauty. The food. The people. The villages. The location.

Last year hubby and I were a host family for a young man from Fréjus, France, which is not too far from my town of Aix.

Take a look at the map below. You will find Aix just north of Marseille, the old and historic port city. 

I could offer a course just about the history of Marseille alone. Folks have compared the weather in Aix to that found in southern California. I just know that during my time in Aix the sun was shining 95% of the time. It did get cold enough for a winter coat...but with sunshine, that was still a mild winter. I have seen a few pics of snow in Aix, but that is similar to seeing snow in Atlanta. Very unusual.

Aix-en-Provence enjoys wonderful weather being near the  Mediterranean

I flew New York to Marseille those many years ago. It was a red eye flight. We left New York in the dark of the night to arrive in Marseille  in the light of day...with sunshine and beautiful skies. The Marseille airport was next to water, and it looked as if we were going to land on water. Upon landing, I was quickly introduced to French language and culture. I was thrown into immersion learning once I disembarked! Yikes!

Here are a few bits of information about my adopted town of Aix-en-Provence, in the beautiful south of France. 

Aix-en-Provence, France
The following links take you to the Bureau de Tourisme. Enjoy clicking on the many links within the tourism office webpage.!

old Roman ruins near Aix

Le Cours Mirabeau. C'est jolie. 

I spent quite a bit of time either sitting in a café on the street or visiting the bank, or Monoprix, or other shops. I am glad to report that my old bank and Monoprix (dept store) are still in the same places. Glad that some things do not change. 

La Cathédrale Saint Sauveur
Cathedrale Saint Sauveur, Aix-En-Provence, France 

This is the view outside one of my classrooms. Interesting that many of my graduate classes were in religious French architecture. This cathedral was built over several centuries, beginning in the 5th century according to some sources. 

Aix is an old Roman town, with ruins and an old Roman travel route. It was during my time in Aix, and other parts of Europe, that I developed a love of history. I also realized that I lived in a very young country. At two hundred plus years old...we (USA) are just beginning.

The Cathédrale St-Sauveur has a double nave, one Gothic and one Romanesque. A 16th-century Gothic portal features elaborately carved doors (opened by a guide on request). The cathedral is flanked on the north by an incomplete tower.The historical highlight of the interior is a 4th- or 5th-century Merovingian baptistery, with an octagonal basin (eight being the symbolic number of regeneration) surrounded by a circle of marble columns. Some stone on one wall has been removed to reveal a fine Romanesque fresco.

In the Steps of Cézanne 
Paul Cézanne

Louis Auguste Cézanne, father of Paul Cézanne  

Le Mont Sainte Victoire, near Aix

The French painter Cézanne is from Aix.

Interested in cooking courses in Aix?!

Francais Interactif
Now for those of you interested in working on your French language skills...

Francais Interactif is a French website and online program for learning French, made available (free) by the University of Texas, Austin, French Department. At this site you will find an online pdf downloadable book, by chapter, that you may print. You will also find an online version of the book if you prefer to have a digital version only. The website is divided into two areas. One the textbook. Two the grammar and vocabulary sections. You will find audio and video as well. If you have studied French before this is a wonderful refresher course. Also, if you are homeschooling, this is a wonderful resource to use as a full course. The textbook is similar in topics to the college textbooks that I use.
Go to the following links and browse around if you are interested.

I have perhaps overloaded you with links, but the reason is twofold. I want to give the sources of the images I used. And, I want to give you several links so that you can "go down the rabbit hole" and let your curiosity take you to places where I have been. 

I use the idiom down the rabbit hole in an educational sense. Have you ever been online clicking on links? only to go deeper and deeper? You go to one. Then you go to the next one from the original link. You keep going deeper to look at and learn things. 

I will wrap up with saying "au revoir" et "bon weekend/"

Thanks for stopping by,

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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