French Homestay, Loire Valley 2006
Bleary- eyed and tired, 35
students and 4 teachers set off at 7.15 on Sunday, 26th March (the
morning the clocks were put forward). We were
off to Cléry Saint André, near Orléans in the Loire
Valley, where we would spend the next 5 days visiting famous places,
getting a taste of French culture and staying with host families whose
children attend the local collège. After several hours on the
coach and ferry, we finally arrived to be met by a group of French children
and their families and our intrepid 4th formers went off in pairs for
their first night in a completely French environment.
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final day offered perhaps one of the most interesting cultural experiences;
visiting one of the Vouvray wine cellars, where we saw millions of
bottles of wine and were shown the process of wine making. This was
followed by one of the most popular parts of the trip – wine-tasting!
We all had the chance to sample a variety of wines. In the afternoon
we were given a guided visit of Orléans and the students were
then allowed to shop for a couple of hours along the principal broad
avenue of shops in the city.
Jan Spencer Ellis
a questionnaire the students filled in;
How was your French family?
They were sooo nice – really easy to get on with – very understanding and welcoming – very friendly and funny – kind and generous
What activities did you do with them?
We ate frogs’ legs -we did archery- we played cards, rugby, football, ping-pong and basketball –we went on walks and bike rides- we fed the donkey and the ducks – we watched films – we were taken out to the restaurant.
In what way has your French improved?
My confidence and comprehension are much better – I learnt very useful vocabulary- my knowledge of France and its history has improved – I have learnt that language need not be a barrier between people – my French listening has improved.
What were the most embarrassing/funny parts of the visit?
When Andy (Gallo) burped whilst singing to the family – Dorian being called a greedy pig by our family – telling the family that I am a black cat