...pendant que le loup n’y est pas! Fortunately, there were no wolves to be found in the woods today when we visited the Château de Longchamps; all we found were delicious plants! We started with une petite balade en forêt, strolling through the woods while our guide, Michel, pointed out which plants were edible and showed us how to harvest them. Armed with des ciseaux et des paniers (scissors and baskets), we made our way through nature’s shopping center, stopping along the way to admire the old ice house, the orangerie, and the beauty of the forest itself. We even got to fill our water pitchers from a natural spring!
...but we’ve left you for Belgium!
Our last few days in Paris have been busy, to the point where we haven’t even managed a blog post! We’ve seen museums, cathedrals, the Tour Eiffel (from land, water, and the air!), the UNESCO world headquarters, and a truly astonishing number of pigeons. We’ve walked uphill, downhill, over the river, through the park, and across the Champs-Elysées, and all without getting turned around more than a few times. We’ve eaten baguettes by the dozen and taken the Metro enough times to feel like we know what we’re doing (mostly).
It was bittersweet to leave our host families this morning, but we made it to the train on time, and traded Nantes and the surrounding area for la ville lumière. We weren’t the only ones rolling into town today…the final stage of the Tour de France made its way through Paris as well! We tried to catch a glimpse of the cyclists, but they were too fast for us; fortunately, we found some awesome casquettes jaunes. Thanks to our lesson on the Tour, we even knew what those symbolize: they’re what winning team gets to wear!
...we’re having a wonderful time! Our migratrices are still with their host families for a few more days, but we met up this afternoon for a whirlwind tour of beautiful Nantes. Accompanied by our host sisters, we made our way to the château des ducs de Bretagne, the cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Nantes, the mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage, and of course the famed éléphant de Nantes!
...l’air frais de la campagne! We certainly got a taste of that fresh air today during our regional excursion. Accompanied by our host siblings, we visited some of the main regional sites near where we’re staying. Technically, we’re just outside the southern border of Brittany, in the Pays de la Loire...but from the number of black-and-white Breton flags we saw, you wouldn’t know it!