Vacances d’Hiver

Bonjour à tous, I hope you have all been well! Recently, I returned to work after having a two-week break thanks to the school holidays, quelle chance!

Here we can see that France is split into three zones, Toulouse falls into zone C, so, for me, the vacances d’hiver started on the 19th February to the 7th March. During this holiday period, my friend, Erica (we are often referred to as les deux Erica) and I took the chance to travel a bit more. For our first week, we decided to visit Biarritz, as it was the hometown of Erica’s colocataire.

As you can see, Biarritz is located on the southwest coast of France. It was a pleasant 3-day getaway that gave us the chance to visit the beaches, wander around the little streets, and try delicious food. Erica has a sweet tooth so, of course, we had to try some local treats, including the gateaux basque. This is a delicious wheat-flour based cake, usually filled with cream or cherry jam, and it reminded of the flapjacks that I loved to get with my school lunch. We also had a day where we visited a centre commercial for a some retail therapy. We even found some time to visit Bayonne, the neighbouring city, because we got on the wrong tram but it was a lovely little town so I would say that it was a happy accident!

For our second holiday, we decided to visit our friend who works in Clermont-Ferrand, Isla, who works in 3 écoles primaires. Revisiting the diagram of the zones, sometimes the holiday dates may differ by a week or two. In this case, when we visited Isla, her holiday was finished so she was back to work on some of the days. However, we still managed to spend a lot of time together and, although it was small city, it was also a very enjoyable visit.

Now, with the Vacances de Printemps approaching, I will soon be embarking on and documenting more of my travels around France for you to see but this also means that my time working as an English Language assistant is sadly coming to an end. Therefore, my next blog post will be based on a day in my life in Toulouse.

As usual, in the meantime, feel free to make use of the comment section to let me know what you think about the posts, ask me any questions, or even request a subject for a future blog post. I am happy to answer anything and everything 🙂

À bientôt !

Vocabulary:

  • Vacances d’hiver – Winter holidays
  • Quelle chance – how lucky
  • Les deux Erica – the two Ericas
  • Colocataire- flatmate
  • Écoles primaires – primary schools
  • Vacances de Printemps – Spring holidays
  • À bientôt – see you soon

6 thoughts on “Vacances d’Hiver

    1. Hi Zara, I’m absolutely loving my time in France! Even though I arrived in September, each day still feels like a new and exciting experience. The weather has started to warm up with sunny 20° days. It is safe to say that there has been a lot of lazy days with an ice-cream next to the Garonne River, which is my ideal day. However, Scotland does have its merits as its beautiful landscapes are unmatched and the friends and family make it home at the end of the day. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to give a definite answer right now but it’s a very good question, so thank you for your well wishes and for taking the time to comment 🙂

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    1. Hi, Oliver! Apart from travelling, I have had the chance to visit some attractions in Toulouse. There is the Jardin Japonais (Japanese Gardens) which has Japanese plants like bamboo and cherry blossoms, and some Japanese inspired architecture and statues. I have visited a few museums in Toulouse and also the Aeroscopia museum, which is especially popular with airplane enthusiasts. The Airbus museum and headquarters are also nearby, which is convenient. I attended a Pride parade for the first time, which was so much fun, and even had the chance to go out the country to Andorra for some fun in the snow. There are a few more things I have done during my time here but I could address these in a later post focusing on my overall experience. I hope you are enjoying the blog and thank you for commenting 🙂

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    1. Hi, Lewis 🙂 Wonderful! Where are you thinking about visiting? In Toulouse, the weather has been amazing. Pretty hot by our standards (around 20°) and either cloudy or sunny. I am also visiting Marseille and Aix-en-Provence this week and it is also predicted to have lovely weather there too. I have been warned that the summer heat in Toulouse can be a bit uncomfortable, so that might be something to be wary about when choosing where to go. Thank you for your comment, Lewis, and I hope this helped!

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