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Jessica's Internship in France
My name is Jessica Longshore, and I am a senior French major at WIU currently studying abroad with CEA in Aix-en-Provence, France. This region is famous for Roman ruins, art, olive oil, and a gusty Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year - yes, I said France! As a francophile and international education enthusiast, I can think of no better way to spend my last undergraduate semester: living the language, exploring, and immersing in a rich and beautiful culture.
A typical week is made up of 21 hours of diverse French language and culture classes (including phonetics, mythology, and cultural history) at a university specifically for students learning French as a second language. Mind you, this exceeds the suggested course load in the U.S., but is practically the standard in France. After courses, my program provider organizes myriad activities that have helped expose me to the complex many elements of southern French culture: from theater plays and poetry readings; to wine tastings and factory tours; to culinary workshops and day trips, every week is something new. With the rest of my time, I haunt the 365-day per year farmers' market to discuss with locals, and take advantage of the frequent €2 busses that travel to proximate towns throughout the region. The Alpille mountains can be seen from my balcony, and the mediterranean sea is 40 minutes away! All in all, this varied schedule has not only helped me to better grasp the inner workings of the French language, but has truly enriched the overall quality of my university education.
Look at Jessica's photos from Southern France!!!
The view overlooking les Baux de Provence-medieval ruins. The Luberon Valley seen from a cliff in Gordes, France.
An olive grove as seen from the top of the La Fontaine de Vaucluse
les Baux de Provence ruins.
Cathedrale St. Sauveur's altar Pipe organ in Aix's Cathedrale St. Sauveur
Gourmet "Sablé" cookies in an artisanal bakery Gateaux and tarts in a bakery near my university
Canal-loving duckies, Ile-sur-la-Sorgue, France Fresh cut mimosa and tulips at Aix's morning flower market
Drinking from Aix's Fontaine de 4 Dauphins - first erected 1646 Repping purple and gold on a field trip to the les Baux de Provence
Boats docked in Cassis's vieux port as seen on a La Ciotat
Sun glinting off a water mill at Nice
Fontaine de Vaucluse -
the source of the Sorgue river