Virginie – sin Yee review
Stayed in October 2019
We had a really memorable time with Virginie and her lovely family in Provence. My twin boys comprehend French well but have the tendency to reply in English when spoken to in French. After a week of French immersion with Virginie, they are speaking French more spontaneously and most of all, adored their experience.
Having three children herself, Virginie really understands how to work effectively with children while immersing them in French. She prepared a wealth of fun activities to do with my children, including going on nature walks with them, collecting Autumn foliage and identifying them, playing various games with them, as well as reading a variety of fun books with them.
My children love to cook and help out in the kitchen, so she organized cooking lessons for them, making cakes, crepes, and ratatouille. My children picked out the ingredients at the local market, measured the ingredients, and followed the recipe’s instructions, all in French.
Virginie’s family was very accommodating and welcoming. Alex were easy-going and amiable, and and my husband and I really enjoyed our dinners and conversations with him over glasses of wine. Her three children were very sweet and often included my boys in their play.
For our first excursion, Virginie took us to the MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations). She signed my kids up for a museum activity, where you had to link cities with their related cultural items via an iPad by exploring a large museum hall. Virginie patiently explained the activity and assisted them in completing the game. We also enjoyed a walk across the sky bridge to Fort St. Jean, with spectacular views of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea.
We went to Aix-En-Provence on our second excursion, and visited the Atelier de Cézanne, where we got to tour Paul Cézanne’s art studio. While there was a French guide, Virginie did her own introduction of the studio to my children at a more kids-appropriate level, which we really appreciated. She also introduced us to the best restaurants and shops; now I know where to get the best madeleines in France!
We absolutely adored our experience with Virginie and highly recommend her to all those who would like to brush up their French while immersed in the French culture.