Student Blog

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Le conte de fées

September 22, 2015

As we pulled up to the Château de Corton André in Aloxe-Corton on the outskirts of Beaune, one of the girls on the bus said, “I now understand the inspiration for fairy tales.” She is absolutely right. I had been to chateaux before–those in the Loire Valley and the Anjou region–but the kaleidoscopic roof and multi-towered mansion rising out of the Aloxe-Corton vineyards is far more reminiscent of the childhood home of “Cindrillon” than the usual overly-refined bourgeois castles. Its quaintness gave it a comforting character while keeping a sense of affluence. You can tell some good stories were made here. The surrounding countryside’s rolling vineyards and herds of cattle added a picturesque backdrop for the legendary “provincial” towns of France, such as our first stop in little Semur. I expected Belle to walk around the corner with a good book at any moment. However, while Belle longed for much more, I couldn’t find a single fault with any... Read More


September 16, 2015

I’ve been trying to catch my breath the past couple weeks. When I first landed in Paris, I guess I expected the city to suddenly lay out before me, but for any future travelers, it’s important to remember that Charles de Gaulle Airport is still just an airport.... Read More