Saumur – last day :(

We were shocked to wake up to some clouds but luckily it didn’t last long! We visited the Ecole Nationale d’Equitation Le Cadre Noir in the morning and had lunch overlooking la Loire and the beautiful chateau of Saumur. The students were spending their last euros and the owner of the chocolate shop was very happy!

It was nice to hear about their weekend in their host families. Some went to the beach, some enjoyed the rides at la Fete des Fleurs and some enjoyed too much sun.

Being the last day it has been great to hear them so positive about their trip. They finally got over their nerves and are looking forward to their next trip to France.


On Saturday, whilst  a couple of students had already started their long weekend with their host families, we had a lovely day in Nantes.

We started the day with a little trip on the marine creatures from the giant carousel at Les Machines de l’Ile 


Our guide at the Machines de l’Ile workshop showed the students the prototype of a giant tree that will soon be built in Nantes. They all asked us if we could take them back in 2019 to be able to climb on top of this full size tree of 35 meters high!

We then had a nice lunch by the river Loire and headed towards the city centre for a bit of shopping. We were lucky to see, as we left, one of the giants from Royal De Luxe: La grand-mère. Here is a video of the parade.

The students have gone back to their families and will probably enjoy “la fête des fleurs”, a very popular fair in Saint Macaire en Mauges.

Bon week-end!

Le jour J au Puy du Fou

Wonderful, hot and sunny day at the Puy du Fou, arriving at 10am and leaving at 6pm after a day of amazing ”spectacles”!

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We saw the Vikings invading – quite appropriate on this day – and watched an incredible show of birds, some flying just over our heads!

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A great day enjoyed by all – hopefully not too many red faces tomorrow from the sun today.