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Raymonde – Jeannie & Mégane review

Stayed in September 2019

Raymonde - French Speaking Switzerland - Immersion Homestay at Teacher's

My daughter Megan and I love the French language. We both have studied in school but don’t have the opportunity to hear or speak the language at home. So we decided to spend a week with Raymonde in her beautiful home in Gingins, Switzerland.

Raymonde is an excellent teacher. She’s highly qualified and has years of experience. She quickly assessed our levels and created a lesson plan. She spoke to us only in French and gently corrected us as we tried to make conversation. Her lessons were interesting and lively. She even managed to make a few grammar sessions fun.

The best class and the one we will always remember is listening to Edith Piaf and singing along with Raymonde.

Born in Gruyère, Raymonde is proud of her heritage and was eager to share her culture with us. She took us to the medieval city of Lutry and to the ancient hillside vineyards of Lavaux. We ate lunch in a charming restaurant overlooking the vineyards and Lake Léman. One day we hiked in the Jura Mountains past cows grazing in the meadows to a restaurant where we enjoyed a traditional fondue and Chasselas wine from the Vaud region.

Since Raymonde’s house is only a 10 minute walk to a bus stop, we didn’t need to rent a car. Raymonde helped us with bus and train schedules so we were able to make the most of our free afternoons. We visited the lakeside towns of Nyon and Montreux. And we took «le train à crémaillère » to Rochers-de-Naye, 2040 meters high.

Raymonde and her charming, witty companion Michel opened their arms and their hearts to us, and for this my daughter and I will always be grateful.

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