Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Sancerre, Centre, France
Jun 28, 2018 - Bonjour, and prepping for a new trip!!
Bonjour a tous!! It is a little over a year since I spent two weeks in Sancerre, spending 20+ hours per week studying French, which was an absolutely amazing experience! And I was so happy that so many of you enjoyed following my experience! But I am now on another journey, which I never in my life would have predicted, and I think will be equally intriguing, and, for me, builds on the trip to Sancerre. It is a little ways off (late Aug/early Sept). But I enjoyed chronicaling my Sancerre trip so much that this time I decided to chronicle...Jump to full entry
Jun 7, 2017 - A few more French verbs
So now that I am home, and had a little time to think, what comes to mind is two French verbs, Voir (to see) and Connaitre (to know). Connaitre is actually one of two verbs that mean "to know", Savoir being the other. The difference is Connaitre is about really being familiar with somebody or something. Savoir is about having a base of knowledge. Connaitre fits better here. So why these verbs? They sum up the difference of the experience I had on this trip, compared to most other things I have done in the past. Even on previous trips to...Jump to full entry
Jun 4, 2017 - "The Swimming Gods want us to swim."
One of my outdoor pool friends and I, whenever we have been at the pool and not wanting to get in because it is cold, windy, rainy or whatever, we always look at each other and say, "But the Swimming Gods want us to swim." And with that we always get in. Well, the Swimming Gods could not have picked a better place to send me swimming! This place in mind-blowing! I had high expectations before coming here, based on the website photos and history of the place. But photos don't do it justice! You just have to see this place to believe it! I...Jump to full entry
Jun 3, 2017 - Driving in Paris, Pompiers, and Geneology
Busy day yesterday, with the drive back to Paris. Liz and I got back around noon--just in time for plenty of weekend traffic! I was glad to have Liz with me. I really don't like driving in Paris. It is nerve wracking. Liz made the comment a few times that she was so appreciative of me driving, as she, too, is uncomfortable in Paris traffic, and with the added complication or not being sure exactly when or where we are supposed to turn. I told her that surprises me, considering she is a pilot and takes all those big planes in and out of the...Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2017 - My bags are packed, I am ready to go...
Well, maybe not really. What a tumult of emotions. It's time to go (at least in the AM). I am ready for that, and I am not. I had an awesome night with my new friends; Peter, Zeb, Dawn, Liz, Aleisha. Other than Liz, who I will drive back to Paris with tomorrow; I have said my good-byes. That started a week ago, with Cynthia. So hard to say good-bye to Peter! We have had so much fun as classmates. But I know I will see him and Zeb again. They are so much fun! And it is also time. Time to go back to my own life. Looking forward to seeing my...Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2017 - Au Revoir's and a Pique-Nique
I have time for a quick entry as class is now finished and I have a little time before our last outing this evening; a "pique-nique"in a vineyard. Then tomorrow I am leave for Paris, so I may not have time for another journal entry for a bit. What a fun last class! As usual, we started with pronunciation, this time words that end with -able, -ible, and a few other similar endings. We had a list of about 30 words to pronounce and then a few sentences. When we got to -ouble , we had two words two practice, "double and trouble." Peter...Jump to full entry
Jun 1, 2017 - Cheeseheads, and A Breakthrough!!
As I have shared, it has been an intense week. I have had my moments of self-doubt where I have wondered if I can really master this language, and also why I didn't pick an easier hobby for myself. But I am way too far in to turn back now so forward I will go. And then, as I know happens from time to time, you get a moment of affirmation. That was today at the pool, and I am still just so excited about it! It will sound like such a small thing. As I was leaving, I asked the lady at the cashier station what the hours are tomorrow at the...Jump to full entry
May 31, 2017 - Hitting the Wall
I think we are at a point where many of us are hitting a wall. It has been an intense stretch of time. This week has been much more so than last--but maybe that is the cumulative effect. I don't know. But many of us are feeling it. Much of that is the need for adequate time to digest. Think about learning math, or chemistry. You can only take a certain amount of new material in before you need some time to sit back, reflect, let your subconscious work on it. I think that is what we are all in need of. Fortunately for me the next few days...Jump to full entry
May 30, 2017 - Another intense day!
First, I want to thank all of you who have sent emails to me in response to my journal entries. I am glad you are enjoying them! And I really enjoy hearing from all of you! Today was another very intense day, in part because Peter was not feeling well and so I ended up with a three hour private lesson! And we built further on yesterday's work with pronouns. So on top of yesterday's flow chart, I now have a number of rules for how to work with other tenses and also with helping verbs. And for homework, my teacher thought it would be good...Jump to full entry
May 29, 2017 - Not wasting any time this week!
Wow! My head is still pounding from all we covered today! We have moved on from the past tenses of verbs and on to pronouns. That probably sounds like it should be an easy move, considering all the irregular verbs that exist in French. But not for me--I am way better with my verbs than I am with my pronouns. And it is not just the pronouns, but the order in which you use them. And being able to think fast enough that I can replace a whole clause with either "y" or "en", roughly the equivalent of "it" (in regards to a place) and "some." And...Jump to full entry
May 28, 2017 - Faire du Sport
So first a few words on the verb "faire." A mini French lesson here! It is one of the four most used verbs in French, along with etre (to be), avoir (to have), and aller (to go). The problem with faire is that it has two meanings--to do and to make. In my opinion these are two very differing things. "Doing" is not the same as "Making". But if you want to learn French, you have to get over these things. Quite frankly, that took some work. Kind of like accepting that there is not always a 1:1 relationship between French and English words. My...Jump to full entry
I had an ambitious agenda for Saturday. Long on my list of places I have wanted to visit is Fontevrault Abbey, located on the very eastern edge of the Loire Valley. I am, of course, on the very western edge. The French Autoroutes are really very good--though getting to them turned out to be a bit of a challenge with many twists, turns, and "deviations" in the road. And as all my classmates and I have commented, Google Maps doesn't always work quite so well here as in the US. For me, the appeal in Fontevrault is that it is the burial place...Jump to full entry