Saturday – July 14th
We welcomed the new Summer 3 students into our fold and they couldn’t have come at a better time as that very evening they were able to celebrate Bastille Day with us as we viewed an amazing fireworks display right on the beach!
Sunday – July 15th
All of Biarritz and the entire country of France rejoiced in the World Cup victory! Two very memorable events right out of the gate!
Monday – July 16th
After an exciting weekend, we settled back into classes and Summer 3 students took placement exams so they could be placed in the appropriate language class level. After class, we visited Musee de la Mer / The Aquarium of Biarritz. There are various tanks of marine life from the Bay of Biscay, info on fishing, cetaceans and the history of whaling. There are even tanks that show North Atlantic exhibits, Caribbean life and the Indo-Pacific tank where we watched lots of sharks (always a favorite).
Tuesday – July 17th
Tuesday was GORGEOUS! With the weather being so perfect many students signed up for the optional activity of SURFING!
Wednesday – July 18th
We visited Bayonne, a beautiful town which was once one of the major port towns in France. Summer 3 students visited the Musée Bayonne where they learned about its history while Summer 2/Month students enjoyed their free time to shop and further explore the town.
Thursday – July 19th
Our optional activity today was the rafting expedition! It was the first time for our Summer 3 students to sign up and many opted in and enjoyed this group excursion!
Friday – July 20th
After class (summer three completing their first full week of language classes!), the group visited Villa Arnaga, home of the author of Cyrano de Bergerac. We walked through the home and gardens which are very typical Basque architecture and landscape.
Saturday – July 21st
Our Saturday excursion was great fun as all students went to San Sebastián and enjoyed the town and its wonderful tapas and shopping opportunities!
Sunday – July 22nd
Much needed day of rest!
Monday – July 23rd
Another beginning to our week and day of classes and excitement! Class gave us more confidence speaking as we continue to practice in class with our teachers and peers. In the afternoon, Summer 3 students visited St. Jean de Luz a Basque town just east of the Bay of Biscay and even saw the church in which Louis XIV married Maria Theresa. So much history! Month students visited St. Jean Pied de Port a part of the French Basque country, the final stop for pilgrims along the Santiago de Compostela before arriving in the Pyrenees foothills.
Tuesday – July 24th
Month students said hello to Bordeaux and Summer 3 students enjoyed surf and the ropes course or free time in town.
Wednesday – July 25th
Half way through the week and (sadly) most of the way through our summer, our French is second nature now. Using it at home, school, in town, with peers, directors and teachers. Summer 3 students scaled La Rhune and Month students enjoyed an afternoon of French cinema
Thursday – July 26th
We finished our morning classes and afternoon routine and met back up as a group to go to a French cooking class. There is nothing quite like French cuisine! And now we have the skills to cook it at home!
Friday – July 27th
Our final day in Biarritz.. Wow, it has flown by. We enjoyed the final full 24 hours. Finished our now fun and easy routine. Classes finished, we spent the afternoon enjoying the town and beach and finally said our goodbyes at a farewell party in the evening. Thank you for the memories Biarritz. It has been an exceptional summer.