Sur les traces des Celtes

July 8, 2019

Language: French
Location: Nantes

What the Nantes Academy did  this weekend: We’ve had a busy weekend at the Nantes Academy! We kicked it off with a dance party on Friday night, where the students even tried teaching our RAs a bit of line dancing.

On Saturday we headed to Vannes, a small city in Brittany, named after the Veneti, a seafaring Celtic nation who lived in that region before the Roman invasion. There we strolled the streets, tasted the delicacies at the market, took pictures by the castle and enjoyed the view of the harbor. Lunch was at the crêperie, with delicious buckwheat savory crêpes and decadent salted butter caramel crêpes for dessert – all while sipping on home-made apple juice.

In the afternoon, we carried on with our journey in the past as we discovered the Alignements de Carnac (or Steudadoù Karnag, in Breton, the local dialect), consisting of stone alignments (rows), dolmens (stone tombs), tumuli (burial mounds) and single menhirs (standing stones). More than 3000 prehistoric standing stones were hewn from local granite and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany, and form the largest such collection in the world. As one of the Cultural Exploration courses offered by our teachers this year discusses the Comic Series Astérix, the students got to discuss the differences between fictional and history, as well as buy comics and souvenirs, of course.

On Sunday, we slept a little longer and feasted on croissants for breakfast before playing games and practicing sports. In the afternoon we took a cruise down the Erdre river and looked at the local flora and the barges. We had a lovely time, despite the heat. Some students then headed downtown with teachers and RAs, while the others stayed on campus to watch the soccer women’s world cup final. Félicitations aux États-Unis!

Today, it’s back to class, followed by a game downtown. Tonight we will welcome guest Patrick Zingile, a Parisian choreographer, who will lead a workshop on Hip Hop and talk about its influence in French suburbs.

Today’s Schedule

8:00 am—9:00 am—Breakfast

9:00 am—9:20 am—Morning Assembly

9:30 am—10:20 am—Class Block 1

10:20 am—10:30 am—Break & Snack

10:30 am—11:25 am—Class Block 2

11:20 am—11:30 am—Break

11:30 am —12:20 pm—Class Block 3

12:30 pm—1:30 pm—Lunch + pick up afternoon snack

1:30 pm—3:30 pm—Cultural Exploration Class

3:30 pm—6:30 pm—Downtown

6:30 pm—7:30 pm—Sports/Arts

7:30 pm—8:30 pm—Dinner

8:30 pm—10:00 pm—Hip Hop Workshop

10:00 pm—In Room

10:30 pm—Lights Out

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