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Language and Cooking school in France

An October 2005 trip to Roanne by annie-m

Quote: A week of staying in a chateau, taking French language classes in the morning and French cooking classes in the afternoon

Language and Cooking school in France

Overview

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I came to Roanne to go to French language school at the Ecole des Trois Ponts. The class schedule left relatively little time for traveling around Roanne. It seemed a relatively uninteresting small-to-medium industrial city. Some of the countryside is beautiful, with picturesque villages, which I always find intimidating to outsiders.Quick Tips: If you want to dine at Troisgrois, make a reservation as soon as you get into town. I did not go, but a couple of students from my session went in for a dinner of a lifetime. Best Way To Get Around: By train, you will almost certainly connect from Lyon (an hour or less away). I took a taxi from the rail station to the school and was on f...Read More
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Students at the school stay in rooms on the second floor of the chateau. I had a single room with bathroom ensuite that was clean and comfortable and reasonably spacious and was my first experience with working shutters on windows.

The first floor had the classrooms, the dining room, and kitchen and sitting rooms for the students to use.

There was also an out-building with the cooking class kitchen and a fitness/rec room and an outdoor pool. I went for a walk almost every day after lunch, but I don't think anyone in my session used the fitness room. It was too cold in October for the pool.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2005

Ecole des Trois Ponts
Chateau de Matel
Roanne, France
33-0-477-71-5300

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The price for Ecole des Trois Ponts included meals: continental breakfasts, buffet lunches and four course dinners. The food was good and featured regional specialties and wines. All meals were taken at a large table, which had designated French-only and English-allowed ends. I usually sat just on the French side of the frontier. The dinners started with a salad or other entree (first course in French), then a main course with meat and vegetables, a cheese course presented by the chef, and then dessert. The bread and wine were present throughout. At most meals, one or more of the instructors were present encouraging our French. I learned nearly as much at mealtimes as I did...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2005

Ecole des Trois Ponts
Chatau de Matel
Roanne, France

L'Ecole des Trois Ponts

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Story/Tip

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I enrolled in a week-long French and Cooking course at L'Ecole des Trois Ponts, not knowing what to expect. It was a fabulous experience. Because in was in the last (or maybe second-to-last) week of the season, we had a small session -- only ten students. I was the only American; the others were Austrian, Icelanders, English, Scottish, Australian, and Chinese. The first day, everyone was tested for class placement. Not surprisingly, I was a total beginner. Since making the reservation, which includes an online test that I got a zero on, I had been using my Learn French in Your Car tapes and had managed a little vocabulary and conjugation of regular verbs. The instructor was very...Read More

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annie-m

annie-m
New York, New York

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