Friday, our Summer 2 students went to Arnaga where they visited the home of Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. It was a beautiful day, and the tour guide did a great job explaining how & why each room was richly decorated — many were themed based on his most famous work and some of his poetry. The group got a chance to tour the gardens and visit the chicken coop, as well!
Summer 1 had the opportunity to watch “Finding Dory” in French at the cinema in Bayonne! For many of us, it was the first time we had seen the movie and everyone was very excited to revisit one of our most beloved Pixar characters in a different language. I think I speak for almost everyone when I say the French version may be better than the English…there’s nothing quite like hearing the adorable little voice of baby Dory IN FRENCH. I was extremely impressed by the level of comprehension and retention on the students’ part and our discussion of the movie as we traveled back to Biarritz.
Saturday, we all went to San Sebastian where we split off into two groups: Summer 1 (who had already taken the tour with SPI Spain Director, Mark) had the opportunity to walk along the Playa de la Concha, then take the funicular up to the top of Mont Igueldo — we had so much fun at the little amusement park overlooking the beautiful beach and city!
Summer 2 got to discover a very culturally-rich part of the city on Mark’s tour — they visited the churches San Vicente and Parroquia Santa Maria, got to see the amazing Playa de la Concha, and finished up in the Plaza de la Constitucion, which is the main square in the Old City and was a former bull fighting ring.
And, of course, it wouldn’t have been a trip to Spain without trying San Sebastian’s famed pintxos, which everyone had the occasion to enjoy during our lunch break. Vive l’Espagne!