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Trip to the South of France

Posted on: 6th June 2014 | Category: Trips and excursions

Summer term break at Surval Montreux, the last week of May, provided an adventure trip with 12 eager students to Provence in the sunny South of France. It was a wonderful vacation filled with history, art, architecture, museums, friendly people, delicious French cuisine and the relaxed culture of the Mediterranean.

Departing with the TGV (Train Very Fast) we arrived in Avignon and a grand guided tour of the entire medieval city, exploring The Palais des Papes, the cathedral and the  Pont Saint Bénézet Bridge, all truly magnificent. This was followed by a tour to Les Baux de Provence and the Carrier de Lumiere with a mystifying multimedia expo of the Secessionists and the work of Gustave Klimt in Vienna.

The following days were saturated with even more wonderful events and experiences. We enjoyed the ochres and red clays of the Rousillon and the walks through the quarries and the quaint village with wonderful shops, the Musée de la Lavende and then Arles, a world heritage site, and the final resting place of Vincent Van Gogh who produced over 300 works in the region.

We travelled on, to Aix en Provence, the ancient capital of Provence, a city made famous by the Cezanne and his studies of Mont St. Victoire and the museum Granet, with its collection of master pieces.  Our tour ended with 3 days in Marseille, the second largest city in France. So much to do, so much to see: the port, the boat ride to the Chateau de If, the museums, never enough time, but for certain, a preview to the next visit, to the city of the sun.

A wonderful group of student travellers, always on time, always enthusiastic, curious and fully charged.  A very good time was had by all.

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