Finalement, the first chapitre out of the States!
In automne 2012, I studied abroad.
“Bienvenue en France!” Screamed everyone at the université.
But, really it was the pain au chocolat who welcomed me the most!
And, not to mention the crêpes,
and the 6 course meals (WOA, Gourmande!).
was is the most belle ville I(‘ve) lived in.
With its cathédrale,
musique that can be found everywhere,
yearly-changing sculptures…I could go on forever.
It’s one raison why I live here, today.
5 Raisons to Study Abroad in Aix:
- Parcs. There’s no better way to read Maupassant than while lounging on the grass at Parc Jourdan ou even Parc Rambot ou Pavillon Vendôme ou…any parc (I could go on all day). The parcs are also a great way to save money on le déjeuner (lunch): bring a sandwich, cookies, vin, and voilà; you’ve got an affordable and delicious déj.
- Crêpes à Gogo. The North is well known for their amazing crêpes, but some deliciously affordable crêpes can also be found tucked way underground in Provence. Crêpes à Gogo is every université students’ dream! A Nutella crêpe for 2.5€…What’s not to love?
- Gare Routière. The Gare Routière, or bus station, is full of bus that will take you throughout the Aix-Marseille area for a small fee. This is parfait for université students who don’t have a car. Today (2016), it costs 6€ (1-way) on the Cartreize to Marseille; however, if you get the Cartreize pass (you can get this from any bus station that has an office), you will find yourself with even better deals: It’s 2€ for 24 hours for students under the age of 26. There are even buses that will take you to other régions and départements in the Provence area: The Lubéron, the Var, the Vaucluse, the Alpes…you name it! And, let’s not forget the buses that will take you to the north: Lyon, Paris…
- Les fontaines!
If you don’t feel up to taking a walk (maybe it’s more of a hike where you’re staying) to Parc Jourdan, you can hop on one of the edges of a fontaine or on the ground in front of one (only if it’s in a Place where the car traffic is forbidden). The fontaines make excellent study benches! With their eternal water flow offering a calming sensation, they’re the parfait spot to relax and study.
- The nightlife. Certainement, studying abroad is for Studying…and there’s no better way to “study” than to embrace the culture, which includes the night life! The Woohoo offre a mélange of culture Française and Européenne. And hosts culture nights on Tuesday’s. If you’re looking for more of a “rockin'” crowd, Le Sunset Café offre “Génération Rock” every Samedi and Soirée Latino on Thursday’s.
If you’re looking for more of a club scene, then hit up Le Mistral. Le Mistral often hosts DJ parties. The most récent was Jamie Jones. If you’re looking for a combination of dancing + caves (think: wine cellar) then hit up IPN. IPN hosts “Girls Night Out” on Friday’s. If you’re looking for a place to watch the latest football match, then Pub O’Shannon’s is the parfait spot!
It was this semestre abroad that helped me improve my Français and made me realize that the French make the best baguettes and pâtisseries (and in the south, the best calissons)
but they fall behind the US (at least Chicago) when it comes to cocktails (yes, this knowledge is a partie importante of the study abroad expérience ;).
Note to self: France = Wine (or hard liquor); US = Cocktails.
Whatever you discover during your time studying abroad, remember that it’s the little things that make a Big différence. Even the vendors at the marché offrent their help when you pronounce (or flat out say) something wrong. Use these corrections to buy yourself a cool glass of rosé (cue in the South of France) at the end of a long day and take in the expérience. ♦
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine.
- Forward: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Chapitre 1: A Mariage in Jacksonville Beach, FL
- Chapitre 2: An Encounter Célèbre in Savannah, GA
- Chapitre 3:
DartToothpick Throwing in Memphis, TN
- Chapitre 4: Sleepy Seals in San Diego, CA
- Chapitre 5: A Taste of the Sweet Soleil on Mission Beach in San Diego, CA
- Chapitre 5 1/2: Images from San Diego, CA
- Chapitre 6: Filipino Fast-Food in National City, CA
- Chapitre 7: An Amazing Aventure in Anaheim, CA
- Chapitre 8: A Célébrité Sighting in Hollywood, CA
- Chapitre 9: Around the World in Las Vegas, NV
- Chapitre 10: Happily Hula Dancing in Honolulu, HI
- Chapitre 11: Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA
- Chapitre 12: A Dauphin Sighting in Panama City Beach, FL
- Chapitre 13: A Thrilling Tubing Expérience in Knoxville, TN
- Chapitre 14: Alligators, Craw-Fish, & a Lighthouse in Tybee Island, GA
- Chapitre 15: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA
- Chapitre 16: A Milestone in Memphis, TN
- Chapitre 17: Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France
- Chapitre 18: Nothing but Nifty Beaches and Musées in Nice, France
- Chapitre 19: A Day of Soleil and a Yellow Submarine in Monte-Carlo, Monaco
- Chapitre 20: Parfait Scents of Lavande in Eze, France
- Chapitre 21: Déception in Saint-Tropez, France
- Chapitre 22: Climbing through the Château in the Comte of Monte Cristo in Marseille, France
- Chapitre 23: Peddle Boating in Les Gorges du Verdon, France
- Chapitre 24: An Adventure Afoot in Lourmarin, France