This August Tonbridge school headed to Antibes for yet another successful French language and culture trip on the sunny Côte d’Azur. One of the boys has kindly provided us with a great summary of the trip which we loved reading!
Thirteen boys, Mr M and Mr L arrived at Nice airport in August in high spirits. Having been given an introductory briefing by our animateur at the language school, where we would be partaking in a week of language lessons, we made our way into central Antibes. The beautiful coastline, the buzzing atmosphere and trendy cafes made for the first of many well enjoyed evenings on the French Riviera.
The following day we were introduced to our homestay families with whom we would be spending the week. Staying with these families was a fantastic way to be immersed in French culture and the French of all who travelled was vastly improved upon return to school.
The first afternoon excursion to Cannes was fantastic, as it allowed us to experience another town bathed in culture and soak up the gorgeous weather engulfing the French Riviera. Although a similar excursion to Monaco was a fun one.
Following two mornings of intensive language lessons, we spent a full day in Nice, which was one of the many highlights of the trip. It was a day filled with new experiences, including a trip to MAMAC (the modern art museum), the markets at Cours Saleya, the views over La Promenade des Anglais and a lunch at a typical Nice brasserie to celebrate our animateur’s 21st birthday.
The rest of the week passed very quickly, with language lessons usually being followed by trips to the beach at locations such as Cagnes-sur-Mer and Loubet.
Another highlight of the week was lovely three-course meal in a restaurant on the main square of Antibes, where Mme S, made a surprise visit.
This was a seriously enjoyable trip for all who took part and it is thoroughly recommended to all who get the opportunity to go. Our disappointment at the end of the week when we had to leave Antibes was testament to what a greatly rewarding immersion trip this had been and, for this, both Mr M and Mr L should take enormous credit.