Anyone else going to Aix-en-Provence in Feb 2018?

This will be my first RS program and I chose this one in Provence.  Anxious to freshen up on my French language skills (or lack thereof) and learn a little French cooking as well.  It would be nice to get to know some of the other participants on this trip and where they are from.

I'm a single lady living outside of Phoenix AZ.  I love to travel and hope to take advantage of the weekends to see some of the places in France that I haven't been to yet.

Hope to hear from my other classmates.

Lanie

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  • Hi Lanie,

    I did this program last year and have signed up again for February 2018. It was wonderful! Last year the group connected with a local guide who arranged various day trips out of Aix during free time. I don't know whether they would do that again. I'm interested in going to Avignon for a weekend, if you would like to do that. I'm a retired lawyer, divorced with grown daughters, living in Madison Wisconsin. It will be warm in Aix in February!.

    Janet
  • Hi Janet,
    Avignon is a great weekend spot. Let's definitely look at it when we get there. I'm glad to hear how much you liked the program last year! I'm very excited for this trip. Looking forward to making a few friends that like to travel as much as I do!
    Lanie
  • Hi all,

    A couple of thoughts after following this discussion board:

    1. Weather in Provence: Yes it will be warmer than MN but be prepared for the Mistral ... combined with higher humidity (than Montana) it can turn dramatically colder in a matter of minutes. If you happen to be in Arles or Avignon along the Rhone, then you might have trouble standing and/or walking.
    2. Both Arles and Avignon are worthwhile weekend destinations, I would choose Arles over Avignon, especially the Antiquities museum on the outskirts of Arles.
    3. Gordes was well worth a long look in 1969 but it's gone rather touristy now (gentrification). Still a great place if you also dock your 100+ ft. yacht in Monaco. If you do go in that direction then Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is worth a stop.
    4. I'm planning a weekend in Marseille. The transformation taking place there since the drug wars of the 1960's-1980 is truly amazing. If you do go there, stay alert. I had my wallet (in a secure "hidden" zipped pocket) lifted at Notre Dame. Amazingly, all the wallet's contents (minus the Euros) were returned to me by the church admin about 3 weeks later after I had returned to the US. I'm planning to do some hiking/walking in the Calanques while in Marseille. To me, Marseille is a must see!
    5. I've also scoped out local trips to Roman sites in Velaux, Meyrargues, and a climb of Mont Sainte Victoire from the north side. All these are accessible by local bus routes.

    I have to be careful about inviting company on these excursions due to my physical limitations. I'm a pretty slow walker but am very persistent. My slow walking is due to about an 80% loss of feeling in both legs below my knees plus a triple bypass. You'll identify me by my trekking poles. My persistence comes from being a mountain climber, ski mountaineer, backpacker, etc. in my former life. Such is life ...

    That's my thought for now ... looking forward to this adventure in a few weeks!
    Cheers, Doug
  • Bonsoir to you all,
    My name is Diane and am very much looking forward to joining you on this journey in Provence. I am enrolled in the French language and culinary courses -- for the complete cultural immersion! I would like to see some places I have not been before (Lyon, the Languedoc region), as well as those I previously visited (Arles, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon).

    I arrive the morning of February 16, from Washington, DC via Paris at 11:15 am (Air France). I plan to take a taxi to Aix. Is anyone interested in sharing the ride?

    Doug, I see that you will be arriving at around the same time, so if you would like, we can arrange to meet at the MRS airport. As you said, more efficient than taking the train.

    Janet, very intriguing that you have enrolled in the program 2 years in succession. I look forward to hearing about your previous experience.

    My email is dreilling@aol.com – for several weeks I was unable to get to our trip discussion board – I was getting error messages - from the RS web site. RS has fixed it, but just in case, feel free to email me directly.

    Look forward to meeting you all in person. À bientôt.
    Diane
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  • Bonsoir to you all,
    My name is Diane and am very much looking forward to joining you on this journey in Provence. I am enrolled in the French language and culinary courses -- for the complete cultural immersion! I would like to see some places I have not been before (Lyon, the Languedoc region), as well as those I previously visited (Arles, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon).

    I arrive the morning of February 16, from Washington, DC via Paris at 11:15 am (Air France). I plan to take a taxi to Aix. Is anyone interested in sharing the ride?

    Doug, I see that you will be arriving at around the same time, so if you would like, we can arrange to meet at the MRS airport. As you said, more efficient than taking the train.

    Janet, very intriguing that you have enrolled in the program 2 years in succession. I look forward to hearing about your previous experience.

    My email is dreilling@aol.com – for several weeks I was unable to get to our trip discussion board – I was getting error messages - from the RS web site. RS has fixed it, but just in case, feel free to email me directly.

    Look forward to meeting you all in person. À bientôt.
    Diane
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