My year as an exchange student in Caen, France

Thanksgiving Encore

For those who don’t speak French fluently, which I feel can safely assume is the majority of the people who read this blog, “encore” in French sort of means again in English. So, Thanksgiving Again, because I am writing this in the last minutes of my Thanksgiving day. Although, it may be posted later…

I just got back from my Thanksgiving dinner put on by the French American organization here in Caen. It was a wonderfully super-filling meal that wasn’t quite traditional American thanksgiving, but Thanksgiving meal all the same. It was served in a typical French style which meant we started with les apĂ©ritifs, which was crackers and punch or kir. Kir is a fruit juice mixed with white wine, I tried it at the French family’s house about two weeks ago. But, I had the punch (with rum) instead. After that we were served a pumpkin soup. I would really like to have the recipe for the soup. It was very delicious and slightly filling which didn’t help matters with the large amount of turkey that the next course provided. The main dish was turkey (obviously) which was served with a tomato and potatoes au gratin (I think). After that we had an interesting salad with Camembert (cheese) and apples. It wasn’t my favorite, but delicious all the same. Then the desert was something like whipped cream with lemon-y things. I’m not describing it that well, but was very delicious. Although, I wasn’t able to finish about half my meal because I was so full. It was definitely not what I would have eaten at home. I missed my mashed potatoes and apple pie and pumpkin pie, but I was glad to have the company on this thanksgiving away from home.

I sat next to my friend Riitta (from Finland) am a elderly French man who used to be a doctor. He was very friendly and showed me a video of two turkeys “dancing the tango” numerous times. He told me about how he met President Obama when he (Obama) came to Normandie for the D-Day memorial. June 6, 1944 is a day that everyone here in Normandie remembers and is taught about. All the people I have talked to her are so thankful for the help of the British, Canadian, and American soldiers that gave up their lives of that day. They thank me and the other Americans here for helping them, even though we did not have relatives who participated. It’s quite humbling to think about how honored they are to be able to celebrate that day in France, while in the United States hardly anything is done to show what happened. I have learned more about D-Day (J-Jour) here than I have learned in the United States in all my history classes. I hope to go to the memorial on June 6th at the American Cemetery. The man who was seated across from me was 84 years old and had lived through World War II. He was and still is involved in American French relations in Caen. He set up the sister city of Alexandria, Virginia. I was also able to talk to his wife who spoke very highly of her friends in the United States who were willing to lend her a hand when she was in need of some help. It was amazing to see how involved and knowledgable the French were about the United States. Even though both these men were involved in French-American relations, everyone I have met here is more intelligent about the United States than I am about France.

The two boys, Arno and Clement, that are in my French family are learning more about the US at the ages of 5 and 6 than 75% of adults know about France. They can tell me who the President is and what our flag looks like. They know some English words and sayings. They know that there is an election that is coming up. In the United States you could ask most adult who the President of France was and they would just shrug their shoulders (it’s Nicolas Sarkozy) and I’m sure most people wouldn’t be able to draw the flag (vertical stripes of blue, white, and red respectively). The election is France is most likely not getting that much attention either. It really shows how the rest of the world thinks of the US while we don’t necessarily think of the rest of the world. Arno and Clement amaze me with what they learn at school. They are lucky enough to still have a focus on art and know more about art than the average American teenager. But, this may also be due to to the fact that their dad studies art… They are both learning English and like learning new words. I still am a bit surprised whenever they speak English. It’s interesting to hear someone learn your native language.

Now I want to mention more things (and possibly repeat a few things) that I am thankful for, as it is….the day after thanksgiving!

7 Well, I think I was at seven…. Anyways, I am thankful for all my friends back in the states/Australia/anywhere else in the world. All my friends have been such influential parts of my life. I know I could not be where I am today without the helps of my friends and family. I has been so blessed to have an amazing friend since 1st grade, Becca, who I still go to school with. In fact, this is our first year we haven’t been at the same school since we were 6. That’s 12 years of growing up together, nothing to really laugh at! Of course, she is just one of my many close friends that I have made over my lifetime. I am privileged enough to say that I have some of the same friends since elementary and middle school. I have grown up with some really amazing people! I have also met really awesome people in high school and university. They are really awesome too 🙂

8 I am thankful for skype, so thankful for skype. I love being able to see that low quality video of my family and ocean and a country away. It is so nice to see the familiar faces and hear the familiar voices. I think this year would be so much hard if I wasn’t able to talk to my family and Nick on skype as much as I do. That (almost) instant connection between the two computers thousands of miles away is amazing. Really, whoever invented skype/video chatting was a genius.

9 I am thankful for all the decisions that I made that have led me to where I am today. I did not always make the best decisions in high school. I didn’t study nearly as much as I should have and didn’t enjoy homework that much. But, because of even the stupid decisions that I made, I currently am living in France, being supported by my amazing family, friends, and my fantastic boyfriend. I am learning to live for myself and learning a new language. I am learning cultural difference and becoming a more well-rounded, worldly learner. I may not be happy with the decisions I made, and wish I could change quite a few of them, but in the end I am in a wonderful state of being. I am happy to have lived through some of the experiences I’ve had. I feel like I am a better person because of what I have gone through. And this leads me to:

10 I am so thankful for the relationship I have with my parents. In high school my mom and I didn’t generally get along. I wasn’t living up to the potential I could have by not doing homework and not caring about school. We got in fights a ton. It was not a good relationship and my dad sometimes (often) had to play peacemaker. Now, I feel as though I can consider my mom one of the closest friends and confidantes. I know I can tell her anythings and she will be more than willing to give me advice. She helps me grow as a person and realize things about myself that I don’t really like. Sure, we still fight occasionally, but they are a lot better than when I was in high school. My daddy is also amazing. I am lucky enough to have the best dad in the world. Although he may not be very talkative, I know that I can always go to him and he will comfort me. He never fails to call me beautiful and tell me that he is proud of me. He does so much for me without question and I treasure all the time I have with him. He has taught me, more than anyone else, what it means to accept people and love them for who they are. He has aught me not to judge other people and tolerance. I loved growing up in my house and am so thankful for all my parents did for me. They taught me how to live and live.

11 My sister is also really awesome. We do get in arguments quite often, but no matter what happens we will always love each other. I love telling people how amazing my sister is. Nearly all my memories of growing up involve her. We used to play with our American Girl dolls, beanie babies, or other dolls for hours. We made tons of forts with our couch cushions and blankets. She played with me for a while after she had outgrown dolls and toys, just to make me happy. She included me with her friends and is the best big sister anyone could ever ask for. Even if there was a time in high school she enjoyed making car rides to and from church slightly miserable…

12 SLEEP! I am so thankful for being able to sleep in tomorrow! It is currently two minutes till one in the morning. I drank a cafe before I left the restaurant (for Thanksgiving) so I am awake (but finally starting to get tired!). I am so glad that I don’t have any classes tomorrow and will be able to get a good night sleep tonight…which will be starting soon 🙂

I would like to apologize if any of this blog makes no sense. My ability to write English has gone slightly downhill since I’ve been in France. Well, that’s what I am going to blame in on at least 🙂 Honestly, the ability to write well have never been my forte, I leave that to my sister and mom. I would take a math class over an English class any day.

Good night blog world!

Kailyn

 

 

Thanksgiving

Wow, I have a lot to catch up on for this blog. I have been to Bath, England, which was a fantastic trip and been keeping busy with my classes and friends. Today is Thanksgiving, which is my first thanksgiving that I have been away from my amazing family. Yesterday I started to see all the posts of people leaving from their University to make the trek home for Thanksgiving. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t insanely jealous. I have 24 more days left in France for my first semester and am ready to be able to see my family, friends, and Nick again. I am very thankful I am able to spend a year in France, but being without my family is super hard.

I wanted to make a list of things I am thankful for, it may not be that long and will not be complete, but here it goes:

1. I am so thankful for my family. They have giving me to opportunity of a lifetime to be able to study abroad in France for a year. They are always very supportive of me. I am missing them a lot today, the first time in my life that I won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a hard thing to realize, that they will be together eating the traditional turkey meal with some friends at the same time I will be trying to fall asleep. My thanksgiving will be over, and they will have just started to eat!

2. I am also extremely thankful that I will be headed back to the good old United States in 24 days to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is a time to be with family, and even though I would have found some sort of family to spend Christmas with here, I would much rather be with my own family. I want to make sunbuckles with my dad like I have for as long as I can remember. I want to go shopping with my mom. I want to be at my own church on Chrsistmas Eve. Most importantly, I want to wake up Christmas morning and weither go into my sister’s room or have her come into my room like we have every single year growing up. I want to eat cinnamin rolls for breakfast. There are so many CHristmas traditions that I can’t imagine not doing, that I know the best decision I have made here was the one to come home for Christmas.

3. Iam so thankful for Nick. He has been so supportive over the past two years of anything I want to do. He is always willing to make the time to talk to me whenever possible. I feel awful because I slept in, again, today when I was suppose to be talking to him and our friend Tom. Nick has done so much for me in the past 3-ish months since I’ve been in France. He has had to witness me cry over skype a few times and is alsways willing to comfort me and make me feel better. Healways remember to let me know that he is proud of me and what I am trying to do. I am so lucky to have someone like him by my side (figurtively) as I live in a foreign country for the year. I am also SUPER thankful that I will be able to see him during Christmas break.

4. I am thankful for all the friends I have made in Caen. While I have not been meeting as many French teenagers as I would have liked, I have found wonderful friendship in Debbie, Amanda, Nicole, Amanda, Margaret, Riitta, and others. I have also found a wonderful home in the family of Marie-Christine, Jacques, Arno and Clement. I am so thankful for these people who have made my time here so much more wonderful.There isn’t enough kind words that can express how much help they have been.

5. I am thankful for Christmas. Christmas time is my favorite time of the whole year. I love the decorations and the spirit. I love going to church the four Sundays before Christmas and seeing the lighting of the advent candles. I love the idea of family. Most importantly I love the true reason for the season. I know I would not be able to survive anything without my miraculous Savior. It’s hard to be away from my church at home, CPC, where i have so many familiar faces encouraging me. I am so thankful that God sent his Son to save us that day so many year ago. This should really be number one on my list, but I am not going to change my order. Really, the order isn’t very reflective of what I am truly thinking all the time.

6. I am thankful for France. I love that I have the ability to learn a foreign language where the language is actually spoken. I love the beauty that is all around me. I love learaning new words or phrases every day. I really do love where I am, I just wish I could be with my mom, dad, sister, and Nick. Or really, just being able to give them a hug maybe once a month. I don’t miss the United States that much. Sure, I would like certain things (goldfish crackers and cheddar cheese) every once in a while, but if my family and Nick were here…I would never want to leave.

7. I am thankful for writing. I love being able to write and get out my ideas. It’s a very cathartic experieince which has proven necessary for me these past few months!

Well, I should head off to class now. After class I’ll be able to talk to my family on skype (which I’m also VERY thankful for) and then will head to a thanksgiving dinner for American students living in Caen!

 

Kailyn

Halfway There

Friday marked my halfway point for my first semester in France. It’s crazy to think that I only have a few (7) weeks left until I board a plane and return home for Christmas. I still have a lot that I want to do, but I am realizing that some constraints will seriously dampen my abilities. Time and trying to get good grades will be the hardest. I moved in with a French family part time a few weeks ago and it is proving difficult to have the time to devote to my studies and friends. The French family has been wonderful and welcoming, but I am not sure how everything will work out. I am here first as a student and wish to maintain my GPA back at home that I have worked so hard to keep.

The French family, for those who don’t know, is made up of a mother, father, and two little boys. For the past week, the father’s eldest son has also been living there; the son normally lives with his mother. The two boys are 5 and 6 (almost 7) are very adorable. I wish I could spend more time with them, but it is very difficult to do everything I want to do. The problem is that they live more than 4km away from campus. I have to take the bus back and forth, which is hard because it stops running at 8:30-9:00-ish. I have been thinking that it would be easier to live mostly on campus, and visit the family when and if I have time, which would most likely be on Wednesdays and Sundays. The other hard part is that I want to spend time with my new friends that I’ve made here. Everything is just always complicated.

This morning I went to my church alone, which made me a little homesick. I miss being able to go to church and see all the familiar faces. I do enjoy going to church here, but everything is so different. I am able to understand a bit of what is being said, but not everything. Also, the services here are all a ton more traditional than back at home. I miss the worship songs most. The amount of people who go to service is also a ton smaller. I think there were less than 20 people at service today. My church at home, Columbia Presbyterian has (I think) over two hundred people going to one of 3 services. It’s quite a bit of a difference. I am going to meet with my French family in a little bit, and stay the night at their house (like the original plan was). I also need to talk with them and come up with a solution that will work better for me and my time commitments. Nothing much else is happening in my life, just the normal going to school and studying. Thanks to everyone for all your support, I really appreciate everything everyone does to help.

Kailyn

Paris!

I know that I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been busy and really haven’t felt like writing much, but now I have a bit of time. In the past few weeks I have moved in with a French family and am living part time with them and part time in my dorm at the University. In about three weeks I’ll be headed north to visit my friend Carl in England. And in less than two months I’ll be headed home for Christmas. It is all very exciting.

Two weeks ago I went with some friends to a MarchĂ© aux Puces, which is an awesome market full of antiques. I took some pictures of what it was like and some of the things I would have loved to brought home for Christmas presents or me. I will try to put the pictures on, but I can’t guarantee they will all work.

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The sewing box I would have loved to get for my mom, who is an avid sewer. It was affordable but trying to get home would definitely not have been! Most things at the Marche were fairly inexpensive, but there was a ton of stuff there to search through.Finally with the Eiffel Tower!

Last weekend I went to Paris with my friend Nicole. We left on Friday at about 5pm and got to Paris a little after 7. We stayed with Nick’s cousin Celine who I met last year when her family (hey boyfriend Florent, and two children Lillian and Elise) came to celebrate Christmas with Nick’s family. It was really nice to see her again and I am so thankful for her kindness and hospitality.

Paris was wonderful, although I don’t have much exciting to say. On Saturday, Nicole and I went with Celine to a marchĂ© in Juvisy, where Celine lives. It was really cool to walk around and see a different marchĂ© than the one in Caen. A marchĂ© is like a farmer’s market/Saturday market, it has a lot of food but also a lot of other things. It is interesting to see all the difference between here and home.

After the marché Nicole and I took the RER (part of the metro) into Paris. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower, which was really cool to see. It made me feel like I was really in France. After the Eiffel Tower we headed to the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées. We walked down the Champs-Élysées which is a very expensive shopping area in Paris. There was a line to get into Abercrombie and Fitch, which is an American store. It was strange to see because so many Americans are trying to look French, while the French are trying to look American. I don’t exactly remember the order of everything else that happened, but we went to Notre-Dame that day as well. Notre-Dame was absolutely breathtaking, I took pictures but they really don’t do the Cathedral justice. I don’t think any image could, it’s something that you have to see for yourself.

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By Notre-Dame there a multiple bridges with a ton of locks on them. Couples go to the bridge and kiss the lock, then lock it to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine. It is supposed to show everlasting love. It’s a really cute idea and makes the bridges look really awesome.

Then next day we went to Sacre-Coeur, a roman style church in Montmartre which overlooks Paris. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the inside, but I have a few of the outside. It was gorgeous but took quite a bit of time to get to. Then we went and looked in the Louvre for a bit. I only got to see some of the Italian painters of mostly the Renaissance, so I need to go back. It is such a huge building that I know I need a full day there. The outside of the Louvre is amazing. It’s hard to believe that once upon a time there were people living there. Also, the inside of the building is fantastic. The architecture is so amazing it’s hard to look at all the paintings sometimes! I did get to see a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, but didn’t want to take the time to stand in line to get a good picture of it. I figure that living in France means I will have the opportunity to go back multiple times so I will eventually see everything.

I did miss quite a bit of Paris. One weekend will never be enough to see a city as big as Paris, which is so known for its artwork and architecture. I wasn’t able to go to the Musée D’Orsay, which I really want to see or take as many pictures as I wanted to of all the things that took my breath away.

Also, being in one of the most romantic cities in the world when your boyfriend is 5,000 miles away isn’t the easiest thing ever. There were many loving couples just walking down the streets of Paris or kissing at the Eiffel tower, which made me a bit sad. I was very lucky to have a great friend there who has helped me a ton. I have made a lot of really great friends here who I am so thankful for. God has really provided for me here with a family and friends. It will be hard to come back second semester and not have some of my same friends here, because they will be living their lives at home (or in Spain). There were also many other things that I really want to be able to show my family, which I know I will be able to do. Luckily, my family is going to come out to France in mid- to late June to visit me and travel around Europe together. I am very excited to be able show them the places I have been seeing and where I’m living.

Anyways, life is turning up for me. I still have my hard times missing my amazing family at home and my wonderful boyfriend. But I am so thankful to have the support of all my family and friends as I live away from home for a year. It really makes me think about who I am and who I am becoming to be so far away from everything familiar. I am becoming a stronger person every day and more independent. I’ve had to learn how to survive on my own. I’ve had to fill out papers and manage my money and set up a French bank account. Granted I’ve had to do most of this at home by myself as well, but it makes everything easier when you are speaking English and have people to turn to for help. I could still ask my parents, but since everything is in a different language I’m not sure how much they could help J

I can’t say thank you enough for all the emails, letters, and packages I have received. Every time I receive something from home it helps me adjust little better here. I still miss some things quite a bit, like goldfish crackers…but I love the French cuisine a ton so I’m not missing anything too much. I have started a list of what I am going to need to bring back from home to get a few more of the comforts of home here, mainly a longer Ethernet cord for my dorm room. The one I have at the moment is 1 meter, which allows me to only sit uncomfortable on my chair for an hour when I am skyping home. I have a longer one at home which I plan to use to sit on my more comfortable bed to skype!

Anyways, I should probably be going. I need to still load this on to my blog and insert some pictures here and there…

I Will Survive

This is going to be a short blog, but I am feeling good right now and though I’d share a bit.

I really do love France and learning French. The history is fascinating…I would love to learn about history and culture all day every day. Tonight felt like one of the first really normal nights I’ve had since I’ve been here. I just hung out with some friends and watched a movie. It was nice to take the stress of my back for a while and just chill. That’s pretty much all I have the energy to write at the moment, but I just wanted to let my friends and family know that I have really good times here as well.

I bought my ticket today to spend next weekend in Paris. I am very excited and can’t wait to see all the amazing things the city has to offer.

I keep reminding myself that I will survive, hence the name of this post. I have an amazing support system at home and amazing friends here to help me out. My life is actually completely amazing and I am so lucky to have this opportunity.

The little things that people do at home really help me out here, the emails and the amazing text I got from my mom this afternoon, they help me realize that home isn’t that far way.

Kailyn

 

One Month

Hello All,

I am considering this day marking my one month since I’ve been in Caen. It has definitely been an adventure so far and will continue to be for the rest of my time here. I am slowly/ sort of growing accustom to life in France, but it has been very difficult.

The hardest thing for me is to be so far away from my friends and family. Especially my amazing boyfriend Nick. We have been dating for two years and he means so much to me. It is very hard to be so far away from him without the possibility of seeing him for another two and a half months. I’m told that it will get better with time, but I am hoping it happens sooner than later. I also miss my parents and sister a lot. I am very close to my family and hate not having the ability to contact them easily.

I don’t really have much else to say at the moment. Last weekend I went to Mont St Michel and St Malo. They were both amazing places to spend some time, but I don’t feel like writing at the moment. It would probably help my homesickness, but at the moment I can’t deal with thinking about home at all.

Kailyn

Trips

I have now been in Caen for more than three weeks. It definitely feels like a lot less, but at the same time it feels like it has been ages since I’ve seen my family. My aim to keep busy has been going really well, so well that I haven’t had time to write about the two fantastic trips I’ve made since I got here.

Two weekends ago, I went to Bayeux with four other friends. We caught the train in the morning for the 15-20 minute trip to Bayeux to see the famous Normandy tapestry which has survived from the middle ages. Bayeux is one of the few towns here that was able to not be bombed completely during World War II, so there is a ton of old churches and building there still. We visited the tapestry first. It is around 70 meters long and was created in the 1070’s. It survived the war and is on exhibit in a presumably old building in Bayeux. It depicts the story of William (Guillaume) the Conqueror, a famous figure here in Caen/Normandy. It is a fantastic beauty to behold, and the listening guides provided were very helpful. They guided (obviously) the story along for those who were unfamiliar with the story of Normandy. I don’t remember the whole story, so some of this is with the help of Wikipedia, but the story tells of William the Conqueror, who was the Duke of Normandy, and the battle with the English. Well, actually not any help from Wikipedia, the story on there is slightly different than the one I heard in Bayeux, so this will all be from my memory. The war was being fought with England over some rights that William thought he was supposed to have, and the new Kind of England wouldn’t grant him (I think). I remember there was something with Haley’s comet being a bad omen, and that meant that William was supposed to do something. I do remember that the depictions of the battle were gruesome for a tapestry from 1070-ish. The showed head removed from bodies, and dead horse and people littering the ground. The battle was won by William and his army. I might need to do a little more research on the tapestry to check all my facts later, but I don’t really feel like trying to find the story in French at the moment. After visiting the castle we grabbed some lunch at a boulangerie and ate outside of a fantastic church. After visiting the church we went to a lace factory. Seeing lace made by hand is fantastic, the time that goes in to even the smallest pieces of lace is quite incredible. After the lace factory we went to a Museum about the Battle of Normandy. It was really interesting to see information about the three outside military groups that fought those weeks, and the war. I hadn’t learned much about the Battle in school, and the little I know was only from the view of the American troops. The Canadian and British troops worked together on three of the beaches while the US was at the Utah and Omaha. I found out part of the reason that US troops were so successful in Normandy during the weeks following the landings, was because the bulk of the German soldiers went against the Canadian and British troops in the other part of Normandy. It was very fascinating to learn all the information about the other Allies, and to find it in French! After the museum we went to the war memorial for the men lost during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery in Bayeux had mainly British and Canadian soldiers, but I also saw graves for German, Polish, and Australian soldiers. Many of the American soldiers are buried at a different site. After that, I think we went home. It was a slightly long day. The next day I went with my friend Amanda to the Women’s Abby (Abbaye-aux-Dames). It was a constructed in the time of William the Conqueror, but many parts were destroyed through the years and the war. It was constructed to appease the church with Williams marriage to la Reine Mathilde (Queen Mathilda), and at the same time Abbaye-aux-Hommes was also constructed, as well as a few churches. Unfortunately, again, with World War II, many of the old building were destroyed. Right now is the anniversary of Normandy, which was founded in 911, which makes this the 1100 anniversary. We went on a guided tour of the Abby, and then looked at the comics that were created to celebrate the people of Normandy. My famous people come from Normand backgrounds, Monet, Dior, Hugo, and the guy who invented the trashcan, Monsieur Poubelle (poubelle is the French world for trashcan). It was really neat to see the people who’s feet I was stepping in. I also went to the amazing market on Sunday morning, which I plan to do every week I’m here. Everything in much cheaper and more fresh their than at the stores. Plus, it is one of the very few things here open of Sundays.

The past weekend I went to Giverny with three other friends; Jing, Riitta, and Amanda. We got up at 4:30am so we could leave at 5:15-5:30 to make of 6:08 train. A very early morning and then a late night. It was interesting to walk in town so early in the morning, the only people we saw were still out from the night before (it was Saturday morning). Another side note, I have done more walking here that I think I’ve ever done in the past. I don’t feel the need to spend money on the tram if I have the possibility of walking, which has lead to trips to the store that is a few miles away and walking back with my bag full of groceries. Luckily, I have found some amazing friends who don’t mind walking and prefer saving money as well! We got on the train and began our three hour voyage to Giverny. We had to change trains two times on the way there, with a one hour stop at the second train changing. I was able to read some of my Harry Potter book that I bought here (for 2 euros!) which was very nice. We got to Vernon at about 9:20 and then waiting for the bus to take us to Giverny. Giverny is such a small town, that it doesn’t have it’s own train station. Once we got there, the weather became absolutely beautiful. We went straight to the gardens and Monet’s house and waited in line to get in. The line didn’t take that long and for 9 euros we got into the gardens, house, and museum of impressionism. We had already seen some of the amazing flowers Giverny has to offer, than we got to Monet’s Gardens. They were breathtaking. I am stopping to put some pictures up now, because there is absolutely no way to describe how beautiful this place was.

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That was just the flower garden. The enormous, gorgeous flower gardens. I loved them. I want to live in Monet’s house and see those gardens every single day of my life. And then there was the waterlily pond. It was very easy to see how someone could be inspired, like Monet was, living in a plae like that.This next slideshow will pbunch of duplicates. It’s getting late and I want to post this blog, so i don’t just keep adding weekends and never posting it.

 

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After the gardens and Monet’s house, which was amazing, we went to a museum of impressionism. There were no super famous painting there, but a lot of beautiful work. Impressionism is amazing. It is definitely my favorite period of art. The is such a story behind each piece, you can really tell what the painter was thinking. I couldn’t take any picture at the museum, but just again say how impressive the art was.

I think I am finishing this blog, so I can finally post something again. That, and I’m getting tired of my words getting mixed up because my internet is much slower than my typing speed. It’s night time here, so “bonne nuit”

Kailyn

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