This post was written before the news of yesterday's events in Paris and I wasn't sure about publishing it today. In the end I decided to share it and with it I share my hopes for a more peaceful world.
Our sister school and home stays for the trip were in Provence. I stayed "in the country" with one of the English teachers. The other teachers at school teased her for living out in the country, when really, it was only a half hour drive from the school. However, that drive was amazing. It was on an incredibly winding road that climbed its way up and through a mountain range - then snaking its way back down again to the little village where my hosts lived.
Near the school was a town called Toulon, we spent a few days exploring it, including a visit to the naval museum and a pretty little beach. The town itself was almost obliterated during WWII but there were some older buildings that survived. I really enjoyed having a look at that older, surviving part of town, it really showed the character of the place. We took the ferry from school to the town each time we went, making us all sleepy as we were lolled up and down on the harbour (very gently, I might add.)
During the home stay, I was lucky enough to be taken along to see a medieval village and an old monastery. There just happened to be a festival on the day we visited the medieval village which included a tournament with men dressed as knights duking it out in front of a crowd of onlookers. I'd never seen anything like that before and I'm so glad I did. It was pretty freaking awesome.
You can tell from the photos, I don't need to tell you, that the views from both places, but especially the old monastery (which unfortunately wasn't open itself on the day we went) were exceptionally beautiful. You can really see the influence of the mediterranean in this part of France.
This is my second-last France photo post, for my final one I'm going to share some of my Instagrams from Nice. If you'd like to see my previous posts about France, they're listed below - click on the links to open them up.
PARIS | ONE | TWO
NORMANDY & BRITTANY
LOIRE VALLEY | CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD | CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAUX
PHOTOGRAPHER . TASMANIA . AUSTRALIA
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