My wife Debbie and I recently spent a lovely week in Lot-et-Garonne working on our conversational French with Pierre. We are both good but not fluent speakers; this was our second experience with French Today’s séjours linguistiques.
The bucolic setting, the brilliant sunny weather, and the quiet countryside led to a peaceful atmosphere allowing for hours of immersion in grammatical work. The weather in September was unseasonably warm and we enjoyed most of our lessons and our meals on Pierre’s shaded terrace. Pierre’s two wonderful dogs, Joy and Luc, were our companions when we walked to the neighboring tiny town of Monteton. Luc leads the way, in the photo above.
Pierre is patient and supportive and has a very calm demeanor. He also has a delightful sense of humor. We found his excellent knowledge of French history, culture, and language structure to be an added bonus. And of course we enjoyed his delicious cooking.
In the afternoon, and with suggestions from Pierre, we made several interesting trips on our own to nearby medieval villages or bastides as they are called (we had rented our own car). When Pierre drove us to Monflanquin, our favorite village, I was conscripted into being [WAS IT KING EDWARD I??] for an impromptu theatrical / historical tour of the town and the region. Quite an experience as I didn’t always understand what the guide was instructing me to say.
It all added up to a wonderful week and we hope to return to this enchanting and lesser-known area of France. Thank you Pierre!