A Life-Changing Three Weeks

By Katie Werth

IMG_0899Getting to be in Annecy for three weeks was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. Being the student that knew the least amount of French in the group, I was very scared about living with a host family and not being able to communicate with them. I was very lucky and got fit with a wonderful family. They spoke English, but also taught me French. I was incredibly sad when I had to leave them.

The language course that I took was probably one of the hardest classes I’ve taken. It was a complete immersion class, so I learned how to speak French in French. It was a big struggle at first, but about one and a half weeks in I started getting the hang of it. IMG_0904The teachers were amazing and so were the other students. In one small classroom I got to meet people from all around the world. I think that getting to meet so many people from different countries was probably my favorite thing about this experience. It was really fascinating to hear about how differently things are done around the world and it gave me a new perspective on American life.

The city of Annecy itself is probably one of the most gorgeous cities on the planet. There are flowers and trees everywhere you go. The water in the lake is as clear as glass. You could see the bottom all the way in the center. One of my favorite things to do was get an ice cream and go for a walk around the lake. The mountain during sunset is one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. I really hope that one day I will be able to go back to Annecy and spend all of my time exploring the town!

The Construction of French Cultural Identity in the Pantheon

Photo from Rose

By Alexandra Womack On May 27, 2015, a somber procession made its way to the Pantheon of Paris. It was bringing the coffins of four members of the French Resistance, including two women, Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz–whose … [Continue reading]

Exploring Lyon

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  The Miners study abroad program took a trip to spend a day in the city of Lyon with other students from our IFALPES school. This is the second biggest city in France and is very different from other places we have visited. We were able to … [Continue reading]

The London Experience

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By Audrey Hofherr London is a city with history buried all around it with customs and cultures that have evolved over the centuries. For anyone who visits, it is an experience into both the past and the future of what a city and country has been … [Continue reading]

The View

Rose Annecy

By Rosamond Hoyle I grew up for a time in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and I visited the Andes in Peru when I was 11. I am familiar with the beauty of mountains but I had no idea just how stunning and subtly different the Alps in Annecy would … [Continue reading]

A Whole New World


By Darci Graefser This morning I was reminded that today officially marks the halfway point of my France study abroad experience, and honestly, it is very bittersweet information. I do not think that anyone could have accurately warned me about … [Continue reading]

From Paris to Annecy


By Ashley Crannick I have officially finished my first week in Annecy! What an amazing adventure so far. In the beginning, I was a little timid about staying with a host rather than living alone or with the group that I came here with. Living with … [Continue reading]

Friday in Paris

Bois de Vincennes

By Katie Werth Friday in Paris [May 29] was an incredibly fun day! We met one of Mme Langston's friends, Drew Flanagan. He gave us a very interesting lecture on colonial expositions in Paris, which occurred in the late nineteenth and early … [Continue reading]

Just Another Parisian Day on a Beautiful Monday!!


By Julie Glenn Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter were the first places the Miner crew visited. They are in an older section of town and if you look down the streets you can see how narrow they are, with the cobblestones still in place. This is … [Continue reading]

Paris-London Challenge: Don’t Mess with Henry VIII

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Here's one last parting shot here in our Paris-London group photo challenge.  We were unable to find St. Pat's gear in London, so we thought we'd leave with a reminder that you shouldn't mess around when you're at Henry VIII's palace at Hampton … [Continue reading]