Evelyne – Olena and Julia review
Stayed in 2018
Please note Evelyne used to work closely with another immersion teacher, Myriam, who is now retired.
My daughter Julia and I stayed in the Basque Country in June. Our first week with Myriam was full of events and activities as not only Myriam is an excellent teacher with very clear explanations of the most complicated grammar points, she is also a very active person and extremely well organized which allows her to fit so much in each day!
Myriam is also an outstanding cook and each meal was delicious and presented beautifully, most times outside on her garden terrace. Our accommodation was excellent, in fact Myriam had her house built a few years ago and it had been thoughtfully designed to meet all the needs of the stay-in students. WiFi was very good, which made my life as an entrepreneur much easier.
Our move to Evelyne for our second week was very smooth. Julia felt as if she was visiting grandma as Evelyne was super accommodating. Her husband Jean-Pierre treated us to wine from different regions of France every night to accompany delicious meals that Evelyne cooked, some even on Julia’s request. Eating dinner with Evelyne and Jean-Pierre in their beautiful garden while chatting in French and laughing was something we looked forward to every day. For our last evening with them, we were treated to a very impressive aperitif of a melon with Armagnac/wine, and Evelyne bought very fancy pastry to make our night extra memorable.
The lessons with Evelyne were great, she continued and expended on issues that Myriam started, so it was an easy and logical transition. Both Myriam and Evelyne were attentive to our speech and corrected our mistakes, which we greatly appreciated as it made us more aware and allowed us to self-correct later on.
We went out with Myriam to the farmers’ market, to the music festival in the streets of enchanting Bayone, the water spa, met Myriam’s friends and family, and visited charming villages of Espelette and Ainhoa, and the beautiful town of St. Jean de Luz with one of her friends Martine. We also enjoyed our trip to St Jean Pied de Port with Evelyne and Jean-Pierre. Our train ride up to the Rhune (Sare) even though was not very successful due to a sadden change of weather, ended up being a very positive experience thanks to Evelyne’s sense of humor and cheerfulness.
We are extremely satisfied with our stay with these two exceptional teachers and extraordinary women who are obviously quite passionate about their work and exceeded our expectations in every aspect of our stay. We hope to see them again one day and to be back to the beautiful Basque Country sometimes in the future.