IES: Nantes French Language Immersion and Area Studies
Me, the other 32 wonderful students on this program, and some of the staff!
Amaazing view of Nantes.
The An(n)a’s take on the Tour de Bretagne one last time.
Last dinner with my host family: raclettes. Yum!!
Me and some of my best friends inside La Cigale, which is a really famous restaurant in Nantes!
The Christmas market in Nantes is amaazingg.
Scenes from the IES library!
Sneak peek into IES’s entryway!
Un chat dans la rue où ma maison se situe.
My bus stop! Spent plenty of time here.
The cathedral in Nantes (my art history professor would ask you: is the style Gothic, Classicisme, or Baroque?)
More scenes of Nantes–this is a picture of Bouffay.
Picture taken about 2 mins away from IES–the center’s in a great location!
Some friends in Place de Bouffay!
An empty classroom after my last day of my teaching internship 🙁
Tartiflette aka a heart attack in a pan. Potatoes, ham, onions, cheese, and another full wheel of cheese on the top. So good. So caloric.
A Christmas ride in the middle of Place Graslin in Nantes, right before sunset! I’ll miss how festive everything is here.
Her first tattoo! It says “joie” (joy in English).
A hot wine stand at the Christmas market.
Sooo I think Christmas markets are my new favorite thing…
Nantes still bein’ pretty, despite the current situation.
Some friends and I out doing an art history field study ft. the cathedral.
I missed my college friends!
Vive la France! Some gilet jaunes walking home.
The Louvre in Paris!
Bet you can’t guess where this was taken.
At a Christmas market in Edinburgh!
The Old Course at St. Andrews!
A weekend in Scotland to visit my friend at St. Andrews!
My favorite château gardens in Villandry!
PSA: IES Nantes has a weekend excursion where they take you to see 4 châteaus in 2 days. 4 châteaus. 2 days. If that isn’t enough motivation to do this program, I don’t know what is.
A LU cookie in front of the tour LU (an ancient factory where these cookies, a Nantes speciality, used to be made!)
Ice skating in Nantes was a success and a failure. Success: didn’t fall once! Failure: both ankles rubbed so badly on the skates that they bled through my socks!
So Prague is gorgeous.
Charles Bridge in Prague right after sunset. Quite possibly one of the more gorgeous things I’ve ever seen, quite possibly the most claustrophobic I’ve ever been.
The Tivoli Amusement Park in Copenhagen!
The Copenhagen glass market: smørrebrød, frikadeller, and kanelsnegel.
A happy Anna in Copenhagen, still with all her hair.
It’s my objective, unbiased opinion that Amsterdam is one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever been in.
Did you even go to Amsterdam if you didn’t almost get hit by a bike?
Berlin East Side Gallery. If you look very closely, you can see me doing my infamous photo pose: standing on my tiptoes. Always a crowd-pleaser.
A mother and son bee duo spotted in Berlin.
The Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany looking very fall!
Scenes from a Nantes vs. Toulouse soccer game!
Is this real life?
Making my own baguette in a Nantes boulangerie (this was for my French class, by the way).
Me and a BN (Biscuit Nantais–a specialty cookie from Nantes) making the same face!
Jess & me & the London Eye.
The two An(n)a’s were clearly very excited to see Buckingham Palace.
One of the more stereotypical London pictures you’ll see.
This is a galette (savory crêpe). French food is my fave.
There are two pictures of galettes on here. Guess which one I made (my host sister taught me!!)?
Saumur: home to the most picturesque château I’ve ever seen. My friends and I call it the princess castle.
Mont-Saint-Michel. Still not convinced that this is a real place in real life that I really went to.
Beautiful church in Saint-Malo, France.
Saint Malo. All I can say is wow.
Fruit tarts for birthdays at IES and a sneak peak at our library.
The view from our Paris airbnb–can’t believe that some people get to wake up to this every day!
Inexplicably better in person.
One of the paintings we learned about in art history, in the Louvre (painting by Valentin de Boulogne)!
One of the super stunning rooms in the Louvre.
The view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. All of the stairs paid off!
The Arc de Triomphe.
Le Notre Dame (a very beautiful cathedral in Paris)!
A view of Nantes from Le Tour de Bretagne (the tallest building in Nantes)!
Some choux pastries at a boulangerie called Emma. *swoons*
Jardin des Plantes, a super cute garden close to my house!
Cours Cambronne, a park close to IES. Picture was taken post-nap!
A stunning view of Clisson from the château.
Me in Clisson!
Une tarte citron (lemon tart) by the water in Clisson. Can’t get much better than this.
L’île aux Moines in the Gulf of Morbihan!
Rochefort-en-Terre, a city near Vannes. Fun fact: all of the old houses (like the one on the right) are painted different colors so that locals in the olden days could easily distinguish and communicate which was which.
A castle in Vannes!
Me in Rochefort-en-Terre!
The view from my room! There’s an elementary school right next to my house and you can usually hear the kids running around.