And so here we are, another week down. I can’t believe I'm already halfway through! This past week has gone by so fast, but in amongst a blur of classes has been some amazing excursions.

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CAVILAM organised a day trip to one of the nearby towns, Ambert which looked like it had come straight out of a painting. During the drive you could slowly see the fresh snow taking over. It started with a little bit dotted on the side of the road and continued to grow until everything was white. On our way we drove past another town where every house was covered in a blanket of white. It was one of those moments where you realised you were definitely in France. Once we arrived in Ambert we were given a tour through an old paper factory which still produces its beautiful handmade paper just as it used to in the eighteenth century, some with real flowers placed into the paper. There was of course also plenty of time spent after the tour taking a million photos of the beautiful surrounds. It felt like something out of a dream.

 

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Another trip this week was to the beautiful neighbouring town of Clermont Ferrand. Just a short train trip away, it was one of the most interesting towns I've ever visited. This town is separated into two areas, the old and the new. The old half of the town is a melting pot of giant, gothic cathedrals (far too tall to fit into a single photo) and small winding alleys filled with every store you could think of. The new half of the town is lined with rows and rows of quintessential French style appartments that make you feel like you're living in a “Madeline” book.

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The day spent walking around Clermont Ferrand has only further cemented my love for France. I'm not sure anything could quite beat walking around on old cobblestone pathways buying treats from the multiple boulangeries lining the way, and being surrounded by buildings that are multiple centuries old. This really is a beautiful country. IMG_2313

As this week draws to a close, I’m now closer to finishing this amazing experience than I am to the beginning of it. I can't believe I'm about to start my third week of classes, I still feel like I've only been here for two minutes. I'm sure these next two weeks are going to fly by and before I know it I'll be off on the train on my way to the next adventure. Who knows what the next few weeks will have in store for me, so for now…

A tout à l’heure!