Fontevraud, Discothèque, and Angers

Hello again IUHPFL family and friends! I hope you all had a great week last week. Ours was incredibly busy, so I haven’t had time to post. One of the major things we did on Wednesday was visit Fontevraud – a small town about 30 minutes by bus from Saumur – where we briefly toured the abbey, had lunch at the retirement home, and sang for the residents who also sang for us!

"Welcome to the abbey of Fontevraud"

“Welcome to the abbey of Fontevraud”

Students outside the abbey in Fontevraud

Students outside the abbey in Fontevraud

The abbey in Fontevraud

The abbey in Fontevraud

Intricate sculptures at the doorway of the abbey

Intricate sculptures at the doorway of the abbey

A gorgeous painting inside, on the walls of, the abbey

A gorgeous painting inside, on the walls of, the abbey

The cloister from the inside

The cloister from the inside

The inside of the abbey

The inside of the abbey

At lunch at the retirement home of Fontevraud

At lunch at the retirement home of Fontevraud

At lunch at the retirement home of Fontevraud

At lunch at the retirement home of Fontevraud

Our group singing for the residents

Our group singing for the residents

Some of the residents singing for us! It was great!

Some of the residents singing for us! It was great!

On Friday we had our own discothèque at the school where we played music, ate, and danced our feet off – I was so sore the next day! Since it was in the amphitheatre of the school, we also had access to some costumes and props, so we set up a “Photomaton” (Photo booth) where the students had lots of fun expressing their personalities, haha. The photos below are proof…

Julia and Andrew letting their inner stars shine through :)

Julia and Andrew letting their inner stars shine through 🙂

Jessi channeling Michael Jackson

Jessi channeling Michael Jackson

Emory and Joanna the divas

Emory and Joanna the divas

I'm not sure about Jordan, but he loves Saumur!

I’m not sure about Jordan, but he loves Saumur!

And Grace too!

And Grace too!

Julia, Tommy, and Bente having a good time

Julia, Tommy, and Bente having a good time

Katie the Viking

Katie the Viking

Conga line!

Conga line!

Fun times at the discothèque

Fun times at the discothèque

Dance circle!

Dance circle!

Rachel and Joanna breaking it down in the dance circle

Rachel and Joanna breaking it down in the dance circle

And a little limbo - the host brothers and sisters were the clear winners, but I think they may have had an advantage...

And a little limbo – the host brothers and sisters were the clear winners, but I think they may have had an advantage…

Then Saturday we took some of the students on an optional excursion to Angers – another city just 30 minutes away by train – where we visited the cathedral and the Château d’Angers, ate lunch in the park, and spent the afternoon shopping.

Fun at the train station on the way to Angers

Fun at the train station on the way to Angers

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Jordan "graced" by the two Graces - you can tell he's enthused about it.

Jordan “graced” by the two Graces – you can tell he’s enthused about it.

Walking tour of Angers

Walking tour of Angers

Inside the cathedral in Angers - it was absolutely gorgeous! The pictures don't do it justice. I think it's even more impressive than Notre Dame.

Inside the cathedral in Angers – it was absolutely gorgeous! The pictures don’t do it justice. I think it’s even more impressive than Notre Dame.

The organ

The organ

Gabrielle excited about the Château d'Angers

Gabrielle excited about the Château d’Angers

The Château d'Angers

The Château d’Angers

The group that we took (20 of our 29) to Angers at the château

The group that we took (20 of our 29) to Angers at the château

The Château d'Angers

The Château d’Angers

Kendra inside the château on a narrow staircase

Kendra inside the château on a narrow staircase

Sahaj, Emory, and Sidd on the stairs

Sahaj, Emory, and Sidd on the stairs

A view of the Maine River from the ramparts of the château

A view of the Maine River from the ramparts of the château

On the ramparts of the château

On the ramparts of the château

The tapestry of the apocalypse displayed inside the château, depicting the events of the book of Revelation, is over 700 years old!

The tapestry of the apocalypse displayed inside the château, depicting the events of the book of Revelation, is over 700 years old!

At lunch in the park

At lunch in the park

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It rained a little in the morning in Angers and Bente was very generous at sharing her umbrella. :)

It rained a little in the morning in Angers and Bente was very generous at sharing her umbrella. 🙂

Emory used a scarf to keep herself dry

Emory used a scarf to keep herself dry

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Sahaj decided at one point that he wanted the same bag as Martin, so Martin took him to get it. They also dressed alike that day, by chance, so we've concluded that Sahaj is just as French as Martin. :)

Sahaj decided at one point that he wanted the same bag as Martin, so Martin took him to get it. They also dressed alike that day, by chance, so we’ve concluded that Sahaj is just as French as Martin. 🙂

 

This week will be less busy as far as excursions, but still full of activities as we plan for our Farewell Show next week, put together the program magazine with students’ writing, and plan our activities for Paris! It’s so hard to believe we’ve already been here a month and even harder to believe that in just two and a half weeks we will be landing back in the US! We have kept the students busy, so be prepared for some awfully tired students in a couple weeks. 🙂

Today we celebrate the 14th of July – Bastille Day – by not having class. I’m sure you can understand how disappointed the students were about that… 😉 We attended the parade in town, a welcome at the mayor’s office, and tonight we will be out late enjoying the fireworks being set off above the Loire River. It’s a good time to be in France.

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3 Responses to Fontevraud, Discothèque, and Angers

  1. Kirsten Bouthier says:

    these photos are super!

  2. jillowen88 says:

    Thank you so much!

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