Versailles

Versailles has been high on my priority list to visit, so I’m so happy to have gotten the chance to go with CIDEF!

 

Taken on my Canon Rebel t3i:

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The outside of the chateau

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Elegant details

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Palace of Mirrors

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Just outside of the chateau were the beautiful gardens

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Marie Antoinette’s house!

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The grounds and gardens outside of Marie Antoinette’s residence 

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Taken on my iPhone 5s:

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Louis XIV’s room

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Charlemagne

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Milan, Italy

This weekend, my friend Elena and I hopped on a plane to Milan, Italy. I was stoked. I love shopping and Italian food, so what better way to spend a few days?

All photos in this post were taken on my iPhone 5s.

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I loved the interior of the first restaurant that we went to.
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My first meal in Italy! Spicy spaghetti.

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The buildings were one of my favorite parts of the trip.
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And the streets outside of downtown were so cute

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Lunch time! This pizza was pretty good. It was from Piz in downtown Milan.

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The cathedral took my breath away.

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We spent the whole day walking around. Though my feet hurt, my heart was full.
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Of course, I had to get some gelato.

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Nantes and La Baule

This weekend, I needed to de-stress. I took a solo trip to Nantes and La Baule, a small coastal town about 40 minutes away from Nantes.

All photos in this post were taken on my iPhone 5s.

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Jardin des Plants
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Jardin des Plants
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Jardin des Plants
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Nantes centre-ville
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Nantes centre-ville

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Walking around Nantes

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The famous passageway
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More beautiful buildings in Nantes

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Next stop: La Baule!

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Outside of La Baule train station

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Ma Vie Quotidienne

Pretty much all of my weekends are spent travelling, but during the week, my life is pretty stable. Here are some photos that represent what happens in my daily life-or Ma Vie Quotidienne en français.

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Ah, mornings. The light comes through in pretty patterns in my bedroom window.
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Breakfast time- my host mom has the cutest sugar bowl.
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Time for school. This is L’Universite Catholique D’Ouest.
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Isn’t the campus pretty?
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In addition to this blog, I journal every day. I have a bad memory, and never want to forget the things that happened on this adventure!
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Cafés have taken over my life.
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A pretty alley that I saw on one of my frequent walks downtown.
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🙂
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There are some hiking trails by my house. I am stunned by their natural beauty every time.
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Exercise for the day
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Late afternoon is the best time to walk these trails.

London and Belgium

On October 28th, straight after class, I hauled my stuff to the train station and made my way to London, England for the long weekend of Toussaint!

All  photos in this post were taken on my iPhone 5s. My Canon Rebel was a little too heavy to justify bringing across the pond. Though I did take tons of film photos here, as well. I will add them as soon as I can get them developed.

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Flat White from Caffé Nero- plus beautiful latte art.

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Decided to get off at a random tube stop. It was a good choice because it lead me right to this bridge.
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The famous London Eye!

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Strolling down the riverside
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Big Ben!
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Saint James Park

Next, I decided to head to the National Gallery.

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Downtown London in the late afternoon/early evening.

I also saw Phantom of the Opera this night. It was fantastic.

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The British Museum

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Street art by Camden Market
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Canary Wharf- a beautiful sight at night.

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On Monday, October 31st, I said goodbye to London and hopped the train to Brussels, Belgium!

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St Pancras station, Goodbye London!
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Day trip to Bruges

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Spectacular architecture in Bruges
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When in Belgium…

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Nature park in Brussels
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Good morning, Brussels!

It was a wonderful weekend.

Abbaye de Fontevraud, L’Anjou Troglodytique

For our second CIDEF excursion, we went to the Abbaye de Fontevraud, to a wine cellar, and to dinner in a cave!

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Walking up to the Abbaye, Canon Rebel t3i
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Roaming around the small village, Canon Rebel t3i
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Outside the Abbaye! Canon Rebel t3i
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Gardens, Canon Rebel t3i
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iPhone 5s
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The first view of the Abbaye, iPhone 5s
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Light from the stained glass windows, iPhone 5s
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Canon Rebel t3i
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Little Pano, iPhone 5s
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iPhone 5s
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Underground, iPhone 5s
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Château, Canon Rebel t3i
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Town near the château, Canon Rebel t3i
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Into the wine cellar! iPhone 5s
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Dinner decor, iPhone 5s
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Champignons, iPhone 5s
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iPhone 5s

Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel

For our first excursion with CIDEF, the international students took a day trip to the French seaside town of Saint-Malo, and the famous Mont Saint Michel.

We first arrived at Saint-Malo, which is a three hour drive from Angers. Then we went to the world famous Mont St-Michel.

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Saint-Malo Arrival Passageway, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo iPhone 5s
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Saint-Malo iPhone 5s
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Saint-Malo, iPhone 5s
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Mont Saint-Michel iPhone 5s
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Mont Saint-Michel, iPhone 5s
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Saint-Malo Café decor, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo Café decor, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Saint-Malo, Canon Rebel t3i
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Mont Saint-Michel, Canon Rebel t3i
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Mont Saint-Michel, Canon Rebel t3i

Nicole also made a video about this exciting adventure!