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In late September, my husband and I enjoyed a week with Evelyn and her husband Jean Pierre.

My husband doesn’t speak French so I wasn’t sure how it would work out for him. But he rented a bike and, with the most delightful September weather, explored Biarritz, Anglet and the surrounding area.

Each morning we were treated to a very traditional breakfast of fruit, coffee and croissants! Then, Evelyne and I would settle down for 2 intense hours of study and conversation. It was filled with Evelyne strengthening concepts and me learning nuances as well as improving conversation fluency and increasing vocabulary. Evelyne always answered any questions I had in an effective way. The one on one experience was so valuable.

The conversation continued at each meal with husbands present. We were usually quite tired from a charged day but dinner was an especially enjoyable and relaxing time for us. In general, Jonathan was able to be a part of the conversations by me translating his questions to French. Super practice!

Evelyne created wonderful meals and Jean Pierre introduce a different regional wine each evening. You know there was cheese and fruit at the end!! Three aftenoons provided free time for us and we used them to further explore and discover the area and enjoy the ambiance of local cafés.

Two afternoons were spent with Evelyne’s friend, Martine, who guided us, on one day, through the coastal villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Ciboure and the cliffs to the south. The second excursion took us to the villages of Espellette and Ainhou. Wonderful! The Pyrennes were always in view!

By the end of the week, my husband couldn’t believe how easily I was speaking French.

Sadly, it was their 14 year old dog, Vanie’s last week. What a wonderful sweet pet she had been for them.

Thank you, Evelyne and Jean Pierre, for everything.

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