Top 10 Virtual Visits in Normandy, France

Your urge to travel is probably even greater now that you can’t go anywhere.

While confined to your home for the greater good, you can still satisfy your curiosity by armchair travelling to Normandy, one of the most popular regions in France. Discover the capital, Rouen, the infamous Normandy beaches, the monuments, the food and the museums of the region with our list of favourite virtual visits.

Delve even deeper into your French desires with an online French language course offered by none other than, French in Normandy!

On y va! Let’s go!

 


#1. Rouen in Motion

A glimpse into the economic and cultural capital of Normandy and home to our school French in Normandy. Rouen is a bustling, historic city of 112,000+ inhabitants, just waiting for your arrival. Roam the streets, explore the treasures of the old town and view the timbered houses with this fabulous time lapse video of Rouen

#2. Dieppe Kite Festival

The Dieppe Kite Festival was established in 1980. This is one of the largest festivals of this kind in the world and every year it gathers thousands on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy. Attendance to the Festival is free. Activities are very diverse, which ensures that everyone will find something according to his / her liking. Some of you might wander around exhibitions, some will attend various workshops or watch kites in action. And if you’re a fan of traditional music, theatre and dancing, you’ll find plenty of entertainment.

#3. D-Day Landing Beaches as never seen before from above

On June 6, 1944 Allied forces landed on Normandy’s beaches in order to launch the larges invasion and liberate the German-occupied French territory. D-Day Landing Beaches include Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach. You can get a really good (virtual) look of the D-Day beaches in this video. And once travel resumes, feel free to go there in person. You won’t regret it.

#4. Time lapse: Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is Europe’s most unforgettable sights. It is set where Normandy and Brittany meet and its location inspired the imagination of many. This is a video that has toured Mont Saint Michel and the world. If you haven’t seen it  yet or want to relive a day of high tide around the most visited site in Normandy, then check it out.

#5. Chateau de Caen

Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror, what was once the ducal castle of Caen, now is home to the Normandy Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. As of 2004 the town of Caen has gone through some major restoration which finally provided a better view of the 12th century walls, discovered a private cellar and so on.

#6. Rouen: Musée des Beaux Arts

This museum was founded by Napoleon I, back in 1801. The Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen holds some of the most prestigious French collections of paintings, sculptures, objects and drawings. It houses some of the greatest works from Perugino. Veronese, Velazquez, Poussin, Delacroix and many more. This is a place of one of the largest impressionist collection in France.

#7. The Great Eats of Normandy Food Tour

These food tours will take you into a whole new place…into the heart of Normandy. Follow a magnificent trip to Caen and Bayeux with your host and see what type of Norman delicacies can you discover. Take your pick from famous cheeses and dairy products, fresh baked goods, wine and ciders.

#8. Rouen: Notre Dame Cathedral

As the name suggests, this is not the same as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, but it doesn’t mean that it’s less stunning. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen was established in the 4th century, enlarged in 650 and unfortunately perished during the Viking raids in the 9th century. But the same Vikings and their descendants restored it and further enlarged it in 950. Over the course of history the Rouen Cathedral was severely damaged and restored several times. Some of its paintings were done by Claude Monet, a famous Impressionists. Monet created several paintings picturing the Cathedral in different weather and in different times of the day.

#9. Monet’s house & gardens

If you stop by at Monet’s house in Giverny, you can still see the Japanese bridge in his garden. Furthermore, the weeping willow, which one the subject to some of his most famous pieces, is still there. This house of one of the most famous French Impressionists was fully restored to their original condition from back in the 19th century. Even Monet’s studios are made complete with the reproductions of his most famous paintings.

#10. A weekend at Étretat, a virtual trip

Étretat is a small commune in Normandy. This charming tourist town is best know for its chalk cliffs especially those three natural arches and a formation called L’Aiguille (“Needle” in French). The cliffs have been an inspiration to many artists include Boudin, Courbet and of course…Monet.

BONUS VIRTUAL VISIT

#11. Rouen: French in Normandy

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Living in a Host Family

Dos and Don’ts of Living in a Host Family

Choosing to living in a host family is a great decision. Last year 8 out of 10 of our students chose this type of set up for their stay in Rouen. Many students make this decision because a local host family can give you the immersion experience you are looking for through insight into the French lifestyle and culture.

Just like every other experience in life, there are the ups as well as downs of living in a family. Living with others can be difficult especially if they do things differently from you. To make it work, it is best to remember that you should respect the way things are done in your French family and be prepared to enjoy a new experience!

If you generally feel shy or if you find it difficult to start conversations it may be a good idea to bring some photos of your country and the people who are close to you. This gives you a subject to talk about and it helps your host family get to know you. It would also be nice to bring a small gift from your home country or to ask your family if you can cook a typical meal during your stay with them.

Your family will provide you with a single room and bed linen will be changed every week. The bathroom will be shared unless you have requested otherwise, so, please organise a routine with your family and remember that others may be waiting to use it.

Living in a Host Family

A few simple common-sense rules will go a long way to making this stay enjoyable for both you and your host family:

  • Some families have outdoor and indoor shoes. If this is the case, please remember to take off your outside shoes when you come in.
  • Do not smoke indoors.
  • Follow the family routine for things such as meal times and bed times. Even though you paid to stay with this host family, you need to keep in mind that you chose this option over a hotel because you want to connect. The people you’re living with may not be your relatives, but they still worry about you and want you to feel welcome.
  • Please keep your room tidy and do not keep food in it! Rinse the bath after use, leave the WC clean and last, but not least, do not waste electricity or water!
  • Do not use all the hot water.
  • Do not fiddle with the TV, computer or heating settings and please tell your family, the school or both if you are feeling too cold or hot.
  • After 10.30 at night please keep noise to a minimum, including the use of mobile phones. Use headphones if necessary and keep your phone on Vibrate or preferably Silent mode.
  • Arrange with your family ahead of time if you are going to be out late or miss a meal, or if you want to invite someone round. Mealtimes are a great time to connect with the family that’s hosting you. Food is known to bring people together so if you can try to be at home to help set the table or do the dishes. Apart from this being polite it is also a great communication opportunity.
  • Your family is happy to do light washing but please ask them if you can use the machine when you like for other washing.

These points may seem like a lot to follow, however, the gist of them all is that you should respect the people you live with as they are opening their homes, so you can get a better language and cultural experience. Communication is key in this kind of set up so always keep in mind that you can speak to the family or to the school representatives if you have any concerns or doubts.

Restaurants in Rouen

Best Student Restaurants in Rouen

Having a huge variety of places where to eat is great. However, it can also be confusing as the options are vast and can be very different from one another. Therefore, to help make your stay in Rouen a little bit easier, we have singled out 6 restaurants in Rouen which are usually popular amongst students:

Restaurants in Rouen
  1. Café Dessiné: Found in the historic centre and within the famous rue Damiette, the Café Dessiné is a café and tea room where a large collection of comics is available for viewing free of charge. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, you will definitely find something delicious to have for breakfast, brunch or even a late lunch or early dinner.
  2. Le Mont Saint-Michel: A traditional creperie which will surely give you a taste of the French cuisine. Various types of pancakes are available in this restaurant and you can visit it from Monday to Saturday. Make sure you check the opening hours before you go.
  3. L’Oritano: Whether you’re an Italian who is visiting France and wants a taste of home or coming from any other country and would like some typical Italian food, this restaurant may be the right spot in Rouen. All the dishes are homemade, even the mozzarella and the menu changes regularly. Students can either go for lunch or in the evening to taste the antipasti during Aperitivo time.
  4. Nachos Mexican Grill: More from the international cuisine that one can find in Rouen, this restaurant offers a large choice of fajitas, tacos and salad. All food is freshly made right in front of the customer as this aspect is very important to the restaurant owners. Here you can have healthy meals at reasonable prices and the restaurant is open every day from late morning till the evening.
  5. The Novick’s Stadium: The Novick’s Stadium is a concept sports bar that gives guests the possibility to experience sports from all around the world. This place is also the spot that brings together players and supporters of sports in Rouen. This restaurant is modern and hip, and it is a great spot to meet people, watch sports and relax.
  6. La Fabrik: Directly on the quay near the Seine, this restaurant offers quality meat as well as other dishes and tapas. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and you can go for lunch or dinner all week, whereas Sundays it is open for brunch.

If you are looking for other types of restaurants or even different cuisines, here at French in Normandy, we are always happy to give you suggestions on our personal favourites. So, contact us or speak to one of our staff members when you arrive at the school, and we’ll be happy to give you directions to get to the restaurants mentioned above, as well.

French in Normandy + Rouen Handball Club

rouen handballFrench in Normandy is really pleased to announce a partnership with local sports club Rouen Handball.

Alexandre Briet, Responsable du développement at Rouen Handball Club signed the agreement with Malika Bezzou. “We think that by joining forces with another dynamic Rouen business we can be more effective,” said Briet. “And as the Club’s motto says – On n’avance jamais seul ! (You can’t do it all by yourself.) This sort of partnership fits perfectly with our Club philosophy.

Malika Bezzou, French in Normandy’s Manager said ‘This sort of partnership is just great for our students and it helps to enhance our visibility here in the City of Rouen as although we are really well known all around the world, locally we do not have the same coverage. We look forward to taking our students to matches as part of our social programme, there will be opportunities for our students to learn to play handball and we can all benefit from the Hand fit sessions that the Club offers !

School owner, Eleri Maitland commented, “I am really enthusiastic about this partnership which offers benefits for both our staff and students and adds a new dimension to our school. French in Normandy is keen to open as many doors as possible for our students to integrate French life and to have meaningful contacts with local people outside of the school. Thank you so much Rouen Handball we all look forward to this new venture.”

Pourquoi réaliser son séjour linguistique à Rouen ?


Ah la Normandie, l’une des régions de France les plus visitée ! Ses atouts sont nombreux : paysages variés à couper le souffle, architecture typique, histoire riche et une culture fascinante… Vous l’avez compris, c’est un incontournable lorsque l’on souhaite découvrir la France.

Rouen, sa capitale, bénéficie ainsi de nombreux avantages ! Si vous cherchez une ville française intéressante pour réaliser un séjour linguistique, laissez-moi vous donner cinq bonnes raisons de choisir Rouen comme destination !


Première raison : son emplacement géographique.

Rouen profite d’une excellente localisation géographique, située à mi-chemin entre Paris et les plus belles plages de Normandie, vous aurez la possibilité de faire de nombreuses excursions pour profiter de la capitale française ou bien de la nature normande. séjour linguistique à rouen

La Normandie est l’une des régions les plus célèbres de France et à juste titre ! Sa renommée est due à plusieurs facteurs : histoire riche, architecture propre à elle, gastronomie, foyer de l’impressionnisme, artistes célèbres…

De ce fait il y a une multitude de lieux merveilleux à découvrir en Normandie : les falaises d’Etretat, le port d’Honfleur, Giverny, Bayeux, les plages du débarquement, la cathédrale de Rouen sans oublier le célèbre Mont Saint-Michel… Vous n’aurez pas le temps de vous ennuyer !

Deuxième raison : la beauté de la ville.

Rouen est une ville marquée par l’histoire et cela se voit à travers son style architectural et ses monuments. Dans le centre-ville, vous aurez la possibilité de parcourir des rues pittoresques au style médiéval. Prenez du temps pour vous y perdre et découvrez ainsi les petits commerces de la ville, Rouen possède d’excellents bars et restaurants. La rue du « Gros Horloge » est probablement la plus belle, si vous montez en haut de cette horloge, vous aurez l’occasion d’admirer de magnifiques panoramas de la ville.

séjour linguistique rouenDans bon nombre de classements, Rouen figure dans le top 10 des villes françaises les plus jolies. De nombreux peintres et photographes y viennent pour immortaliser certaines vues. Ce fut par exemple le cas du célèbre peintre Monet !

Troisième raison : un grand centre de culture !

Rouen, lieu de naissance de l’impressionnisme ! Au musée des Beaux-Arts, vous trouverez une vaste collection de peintures, la deuxième plus grande du pays ! Si vous aimez l’art, vous ne serez pas déçu.

Le célèbre peintre Pissaro aurait lui-même déclaré :“Le paysage le plus splendide qu’un peintre puisse rêver : la vue de Rouen dans le lointain, avec la Seine se déroulant calme comme une glace et des coteaux ensoleillés.”

Grâce à ses grands artistes, les musées de Normandie détiennent la seconde collection impressionniste de France ! Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen présente tout un ensemble d’incroyables peintures impressionnistes réalisées par les peintres les plus célèbres. Vivre à Rouen, c’est donc approcher cette sensation de rêverie ! Si vous êtes passionnés par l’impressionnisme, vous pouvez découvrir l’ensemble du patrimoine normand lors du Festival Normandie Impressionniste. Vous aurez l’occasion de faire des sorties, assister à des conférences et des lectures pour suivre les traces de Monet et autres célèbres peintres.

Quatrième raison : les activités à faire dans la région !

Non seulement Rouen est une ville qui a du charme et un certain art de vivre, mais c’est aussi un lieu idéal pour les activités sportives ! Si vous aimez les balades à vélo et les randonnées, vous passerez sans aucun doute une grande partie de votre temps sur les bords de Seine ! C’est un endroit idéal pour pratiquer ce genre d’activités ! Rouen possède également des parcs et des jardins reposants, comme le Jardin des plantes, idéal si vous avez envie de lire ou de vous reposer dans un endroit calme !

Si vous sortez de la ville, vous aurez accès à toute la nature normande ! Non loin de Rouen se trouvent le Parc Naturel des Boucles de la Seine Normande ou encore le parc animalier de Roumare ! Vous pourrez également pratiquer des loisirs comme le paintball, l’acrobranche et l’équitation ! Nul doute que vous aurez grand plaisir à découvrir tous les merveilleux panoramas normands !

De plus, sachez que Rouen est une ville très sportive ! Il y a de nombreux clubs de sport dans le centre-ville et de nombreux événement sportifs sont organisés tout au long de l’année, venez donc pratiquer votre activité favorite !

séjour linguistique rouen

Cinquième raison : une ville idéale pour étudier !

Eh oui ! Il y a une grande université et de nombreuses écoles de formation à Rouen ! Si vous envisagez de faire des études en France, vous trouverez très probablement la formation idéale ! Il y a notamment l’INBP (Institut National de la Boulangerie et de la Pâtisserie) si vous voulez devenir un expert en pâtisseries françaises ! séjour linguistique à rouen

Rouen a de ce fait une vie étudiante active, de nombreux événements sont organisés pour faire connaissance avec d’autres personnes ! C’est également une destination Erasmus prisée, vous pourrez rencontrer des étudiants du monde entier !

Enfin, pour apprendre le français, il y a la célèbre école French in Normandy ! Décorée de nombreuses fois, c’est certainement le meilleur centre de formation pour apprendre la langue française ! L’école a une excellente réputation et offre des cours de qualité, le tout dans un endroit convivial et agréable ! Si vous souhaitez améliorer votre niveau de français, vous avez maintenant la bonne adresse ! Sachez également que French in Normandy peut vous aider à vous insérer dans un cursus universitaire français, si vous désirez poursuivre vos études à Rouen ou dans une autre ville française.

Vous avez maintenant cinq excellentes raisons pour venir faire votre séjour linguistique à Rouen ! Vous l’avez compris, c’est l’une des meilleures villes françaises pour découvrir la culture française ! Nous vous attendons avec impatience !

French Etiquette to Enrich Your Stay

Avoid making a mistake and integrate better into French life by following these essential rules of etiquette…


Always be polite.

This isn’t only regarding your time in France, you should be polite wherever you go, of course. While speaking with French people you must always address them with their titles. An older woman should always be addressed as madame, a younger mademoiselle, and all men should be addressed with monsieur. Always use bonjour (good day), au revoir (good bye) and merci (thank you), even when entering shops, waiting rooms, offices, elevators etc. My advice for you will be to always be polite and use formalities in every given situation.

Try speaking French.

I was told that German people don’t speak English with tourists, even if they speak the language (and trust me most of them do). But while visiting Germany, I concluded that this is not true at all. However, no one ever told me that generally French people don’t speak very much English, so when I visited France I was very surprised that the locals declined answering my questions in English. This is a big challenge for tourists, but as you will be studying French in France, I’m advising you to try and learn some of the basic phrases before studying abroad. Believe me, French people only do you a favor by not speaking English, this way you will learn French much faster!

Understand more about French behaviour in public.

If you are an American or Brit, you will immediately notice the difference in French behaviour, especially in public. In other cultures, people are noisy and direct, they don’t have problem maintaining eye contact and often speak loudly in public, while French people consider these behaviours inappropriate. In order to fit in to French society, my advice is to keep a low profile, speak calmly, be relaxed and not in a hurry to become friends with the French. Finding French friends and integrating into French society takes time, care and attention.

Follow their dinner rules.

As you will be living and studying in France and perhaps living with a host family, you will likely enjoy many traditional French meals. Remember, dinner is rarely served before 8pm. The French take great pride in what they serve as food and drink so respect needs to be shown not only to your hosts but also to the food being served! You should not start eating until after your host has started and be sure to reply “Bon appétit!” after your host has also said this. French people eat several courses during dinner, almost all of them accompanied with bread. During the meal, you should leave your bread on the table beside your plate and not on your plate. You should never eat cheese with your fingers, always use a fork and knife and don’t try to peel the “skin” off of any cheese! Keep in mind that French people consider dinner as the most important part of their day; they enjoy it a lot and may spend several hours having dinner and conversation. You should not rush or gulp your food and drink. Go slow, go hungry and enjoy! And if you’ve been invited, be sure to bring a small gift and send a thank you note.

I hope that these French etiquette rules will help make your stay in France even more pleasant and comfortable. Very soon you will share my opinion that France is one of the most beautiful and romantic countries in the world. Bon séjour! Have a nice stay!

If you’re thinking about studying French in France, join us in Rouen!

October Activities in Normandy


feteduventre

おなかのお祭り (La fête du ventre)

La fête du ventre(フェット・デュ・ヴォントル)というのを日本語に直訳すると、「おなかのお祭り」となります。

1930年代のお祭りを現代に復活させて今年で17回目となる、おなかのためのグルメなお祭り、毎年150ほどの食べ物を扱うスタンドが、ジャンヌ・ダルク広場を中feteduventre-normandie-actu-3心に集まります。ノルマンディーの名産品(カマンベールやヌシャテルなどのチーズ、リンゴのお酒シードル等)から、フランス全国のもの(エスカルゴ、カスレ(豆料理)やシュークルート(アルザス地方の名産、キャベツの塩漬け料理)、地元の新鮮な野菜や果物などなど、並んでいるものは、どれだけ見ても足りません!

有名レストランのシェフが、ジャンヌ・ダルク広場の特設ステージに集まり、お料理のデモンストレーションをしていたり、路上コンサートが行われたり、写真の展示会など様々な催し物もあります。

私もこのお祭りに行ってきました。例年のごとく、人で賑わっていて、午後は、道を進むのも大変でした!人々はみんなバーに集まり、地ビールを飲んで楽しそうに話していました。

私は個人的にですが、ヘーゼルナッツのはちみつと、イチゴをはちみつで煮込んだソース、また、ノルマンディー名産でもあるキャラメルを購入しました。

熱々のクレープに、チョコレート専門店のホットチョコレートにも舌鼓を打ちました。

全てが美味しくて、一年に一回と言わず、定期的に行ってほしいイベントです!

CoquillesStJacques

ノルマンディーホタテ祭りLa fête de la Coquilles St Jacques)

ノルマンディーは、ホタテ漁でフランス一番を誇るらしく、毎年ノルマンディー各地でホタテ祭りが行われます。今年は5都市で開催され、海の幸のお料理教室、魚の燻製デモンストレーション、船内見学や、漁師さんから直接魚を購入したりできimg_4407るそうです。

私自身このお祭りのことは初めて知り、行ってきました!

私が行ってきたのは10月29日、30日にヴィレール・シュール・メールという、観光地ドーヴィルからすぐ近くの町で、普段は静かな町なのですが、この日はたくさんの人で賑わっていました。(小さな町なのですが、中心街は、歩けないぐらい人で溢れていました!)

ホタテの量り売りだけでなく、その他グルメなもの、ノルマンディーだけではないフランス地方の名産品のお店などもありました。

プログラムの中には、有名レストランのシェフのホタテを使った料理のデモンストレーション、のちテイスティングなどもあり、とても面白そうでした。(もちろんチケットは即完売でしたが・・・)メニューを見る限り、本当に美味しそうで、参加できず残念・・・
Etretat

エトルタ、フェカンへのエクスカーション(Sortie à Etretat et Fécamp)

10月8日のエクスカーションは、モネの絵画で有名なエトルタ、そして隣町のフェetretatカンでした。お天気は曇りでしたが、ノルマンディーは10月、11月は雨季と言われており、雨がよく降るこの時期に、雨が降らずに遠出ができたのは、喜ばしいことなのです!

エトルタを満喫した一行は、そのままフェカンへ!

この町の名産は、ベネディクティンと呼ばれるお酒で、1510年にフェカンの修道院で作られたのが発祥だとされています。27種類のハーブが使用されており、レシピが存在する最古のリキュールとも呼ばれているそうです。フランソワ1世に大変好まれたというお酒で、度数も高いことから、フランスでは、食後酒として飲まれているお酒です。

この日一行は、ベネディクティンの製造工場に見学に行ってきました。現在でも修道院の中で製造されているそうで、中は博物館になり、製造工程や、使用されているハーブの展示などもあり、ハーブの香りを嗅ぎながら、見学できたそうです。

見学の最後は、試飲もでき、アルコールが好きな生徒さんは、ご満足だったようです。
foirestromain

フォワール・サン・ロマン(La Foire Saint Romain )- 巨大移動遊園地

blogderouen-frフランス語でフォワールというのは、市場、蚤の市、お祭りなど様々な意味があるのですが、ルーアンのフォワール・サン・ロマンというと、巨大移動遊園地のことを指します。

この移動遊園地は、毎年10月末から1か月間つづき、規模は、パリに続くフランスで2番目の大きさだそうです。

11世紀より形式を変えながら現在まで続いているこのお祭りですが(最初は、布や陶器などを露店で売ったり、家畜を売ったりしていたのが、舞台、演劇、パレード、ショーなどの見せるイベントとなり、それが少しずつ遊園地というテーマに変わってきたそうです)、

1983年よりセーヌ川沿いに2km近く続く遊園地ができていたのですが、数年前より、セーヌ川岸の改装工事に伴い、遊園地の場所を移動させたいルーアン市側と、移動したくない露店商人との交渉が上手くいかず、商人による大々的なデモ活動のあげく、結果として、去年はイベント自体を中止するという事態になってしまいました。今年の5月にようやく新居地での開催の交渉が成立し、今年は2年ぶりの開催となりました。

私も行ってきましたが、セーヌ川沿いでは、狭い川岸に長かったのが、今年は、広々とした空間での開催なので、以前のものよりもより大きく、アトラクションや露店も以前より多い印象を受けました。

ルーアンの市民もたくさん来場して、平日にも関わらず、大変賑わっていました。

ジェットコースターなどの絶叫系アトラクションから、幼児も楽しめるボートやカモ釣り(フランスは、金魚ではなく、プラスチックのカモを釣り景品をもらうのが幼児の定番の遊びです)などがあり、飲食系では、ハンバーガー、ケバブ、パニーニーなどの温かいファーストフードやレストラン(このイベントでは、店頭で直接焼いている、豚の丸焼きが有名です)お菓子系の露店(リンゴ飴、ドーナツ、チュロス、ギモーブ)もたくさんありました。

いろいろあり、ルーアン市民(大人)にとっては、賛否両論(というか苦い思い出)のあったこのイベントですが、子供や若者にとっては、雨の多いこの季節を乗り越える、大切なイベントとなることでしょう。

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Bibliothèque municipale de Sotteville- lès- Rouen

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-50-32-pmC’est une bibliothèque municipale très jolie qui a plusieurs activités pour les personnes adultes, la jeunesse et il y a aussi d’espace pour les enfants.

Chaque espace est créé afin d’avoir la commodité complète pour les personnes qui aiment lire.

Cette bibliothèque a aussi des tarifs très agréables pour les personnes qui sont de Rouen et pour les étudiants, par exemple :

Sottevillais – 18 ans : Gratuit

Sottevillais + 18 ans : 8 €

Non sottevillais – 18  ans : 10 €

Non sottevillais + 18 ans : 20 €

Non sottevillais – 18 ans scolarisé sur la commune : 3 €

Elle offre de pouvoir emprunter au total 30 documents (tous supports confondus) et la durée de prêt est de trois semaine. Seuls les jeux sont limités à 2 emprunts par carte

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-50-39-pmVous pouvez être inscrit dans la bibliothèque mais si vous ne voulez pas le faire, ce n’est pas un problème car vous pouvez aller à la bibliothèque et lire là.

La bibliothèque a environ 64000 volumes, entre roman, livre d’histoire, livres pour les enfants, de fiction, etcetera.

L’architecte Henri Gaudin a conçu ce lieu. Il a travaillé sur la circulation de la lumière et des personnes. La construction a été élaborée pour que toutes les personnes puissent marcher de façon très rapide et quand on monte les escaliers on peut voir combien il  a d’espace au premier étage de la bibliothèque.

Il a aussi un espace pour pouvoir apprendre différentes langues mais on doit être inscrit pour pouvoir utiliser ce « e-learning » avec les ordinateurs sur place, mais si on n’aime pas utiliser les ordinateurs de la bibliothèque, on peut aller à  la maison et avec n’importe quel ordinateur on peut aller sur le site internet avec un numéro d’inscription et un mot de passe.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-50-52-pmComme la ville est très étendue, la bibliothèque dispose d’un bibliobus pour aller dans 6 quartiers de la ville. Il y reste 2 heures pour que les habitants puissent profiter de livres, de CD et DVD.

Il y a également des animations comme la dictée, des ateliers d’écriture, des groupes de conversation pour les étrangers, des rencontres avec des auteurs et avec une librairie célèbre à Rouen… Pour y participer, il suffit de s’inscrire!

Un grand merci à Elisabeth qui nous a fait découvrir cet endroit magnifique!

Russel, Jasmin, Yuka, Ivan, Luis, JunWen, Victor, Moises, Frida, Damian et Nathalie

6 things you must see while studying French in Rouen

Cathedral Rouen

Stretched beside the Seine, Rouen is Normandy’s most beautiful city. It’s a city full with culture, history, gastronomy. This breathtaking place is home to the most famous gothic cathedral. But the cathedral is not the only reason why Rouen is so popular. It is also well-known for its prestigious former inhabitants, such as Joan of Arc, Flaubert, Monet and Corneille.

If you are one of those who are extremely lucky to have visited Rouen you already know what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, I’m inviting you to come and enjoy it’s beauties. Furthermore, I’m inviting you to come and study French in Rouen. Besides improving your French, Rouen offers an amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in culture. Here in this blog I will list some interesting things to do while studying French in Rouen.

  1. Start with Cathédrale Notre-Dame. One of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France is located in the old town’s heart. You will be amazed by its magnificent outlook which inspired a lot of famous people, among which was the painter Claude Monet. Take some time to absorb this view and let it inspire you. The inside of this gothic cathedral has its own story to tell, which I’m not going to reveal. My advice would be to visit it and see its beauties by yourself.
  1. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Another must see in Rouen is this art museum which is considered to be one of the most important in France. Here you can see many paintings, sculptures, and drawings that date from the 15th century to the 21st century.

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  1. Eglise Saint-Maclou. This jewel of the Flamboyant Gothic architecture is located only a short walk from the cathedral. Dedicated to St. Malo, this church was built in the 15th century. During the World War II this building was severely damaged. Lucky for us it was fully restored. Now we can enjoy the magnificent sight of this 5 bells church.
  1. Eglise Jeanne d’Arc. This church is dedicated to Joan of Arc. It was build at the Place du Vieux Marché in the exact spot where she was martyred and burned at stake. The design itself looks like the flames of the stake. I urge you to put this contemporary church, which is considered to be an inspiring place for spiritual worship, on your to see list for Rouen.

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  1. Big Clock Tower | Gros Horloge. This is another must see in Rouen. The Gothic belfry tower was built in 1389 for defensive purposes and the decorative clock dates from 1889. So take a moment and observe this magnificent piece of art and analyze the meaning of its elements.
  1. Place du Vieux Marché.  The old market place is the vibrant centre of Rouen, where you will find the church of Joan of Arc, the place where she was burned at the stake but also a lively market and many bars, shops and restaurants where tourists and locals alike spend their time. Not to be missed!screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-20-05-amTo sum up, Rouen is considered to be one of the most historic and cultural cities in France. The 6 places that I listed above are just a small portion of a very large treasure chest full with cultural and historic gems. Enter this chest and let yourself be taken back in time and history. Use every spare moment and immerse yourself in this majestic place.

Internship in France: Why Rouen?

My name is Sonya, I am 25 years old and I am from Russia. At the moment, I am doing an internship in France at «French in Normandy» as Marketing Assistant. Today I will tell you about my impressions of life in Rouen and of my work experience at the school. I really hope it will be useful for those of you who are planning a trip to France to learn the French language (to travel / to get a higher education / to work / just on holiday – underline as appropriate), but haven’t chosen the destination yet.

So, why choose Rouen? And why «French in Normandy»?

First things first…

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How did I come to do my internship here?

The internship is the final stage of my studies for a Master’s degree in France (I am studying foreign languages applied to international project management at the University of Western Brittany in Brest). The sphere of international education has always attracted me because it combines several activity areas really that really interest me – tourism, education and working with foreign languages. That is why I decided that an internship at a language school would be perfect for me.

SonyaI learnt about «French in Normandy» from the language centres catalogue of Campus France. I sent my CV to several language schools, and it was «French in Normandy» that I got the first reply from within a very short time (which was a pleasant surprise as it is not very typical of France). Besides, there were some other important “pros”: only positive students’ opinions on the Internet (I didn’t find a single negative or even neutral reference!), an elegant and informative multilingual website, and pages on several popular social networking services. I believe that all these show that the school really cares both about its reputation, its potential clients and employees and keeps up with the times. And it is actually due to the combination of all these factors and challenging and exciting work that I was really happy to receive an internship offer from «French in Normandy».

And yes… There was one more argument for – Rouen and Normandy.

Why Rouen?

For the first time, I visited Normandy and Rouen in the autumn of last year having no idea that very soon I would come back for 4.5 months. My first impression of the city was that of the gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen which is absolutely amazing. And it is no wonder: the cathedral is so high that its spires are almost lost in the clouds, and if you come closer, its lacy architecture with numerous details simply takes your breath away (later I learnt that this style is called “Flamboyant”). I pass by the cathedral at least once a week and every time I can’t help but admire its magnificence (no matter how pompous it sounds).

The historical centre of the city strikes by the combination of splendid gothic and fairytale medieval
architecture with its wooden-frame houses and stone-block pavements. I think it’s no use listing all the sights of Rouen – you can find their description in many travel guides and on many websites. I will only say that it is a city filled with history – the city of Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Corneille and Claude Monet (by the way, the Museum of Fine Arts of Rouen possesses the second largest collection of impressionists after that of the famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris).Rouen street

In general, the cultural life of Rouen is very dynamic – there are always some events going on: various festivals, exhibitions, concerts… I think that the city can be interesting for people of different ages. On the one hand, it is quite safe and calm, on the other – Rouen is the city of students as it hosts several educational institutions: the University of Rouen, a business school, an engineering school, and some others. A lot of foreign students come within Erasmus and other exchange programmes, or just to learn French. I think that the variety of discos and bars will also appeal to young people. By the way, at one of the bars, «La Taverne de Thor», there are weekly “language exchange meetings” that are a wonderful way to meet new people and to practice French, English or other foreign languages.

And of course, a question of great concern (especially for girls): what about shopping? Don’t worry – the shopping in Rouen suits every taste and budget: there is everything from luxury brands to flea markets, and from antique shops to well-known mass market stores. As for me, I really appreciate the abundance of local designers’ small shops in the city centre – the prices are not that low, of course, but not sky-high either, and in addition you can find some really lovely and unusual stuff.

Rouen viewIn Rouen you will find a great variety of cafés and restaurants that will meet your every need, since Normandy is justly famous for its cuisine and the high quality of food products. The most famous Norman specialities are, of course, various cheeses: Camambert, Neuchatel, Pont-l’Évêque… – and also delicious dairy products (cream, butter), appetizing apple pies, the freshest seafood, and local spirits – cider and Calvados. By the way, if you want to feel like a real Frenchman, buy products not in supermarkets, but in small private shops (“boulangerie”, “épicerie”, “boucherie”, etc., at least bread – in a boulangerie for sure!) or at the Sunday markets in the city centre where the seller and the producer are usually one and the same person. As for national cuisines, the choice is also huge – I am almost sure that you will find a café or a restaurant specializing in the cuisine of your country (I found a Russian restaurant with real Russian food!).

As you can see, Rouen has all the advantages of a big city. But at the same time, everything is very close: all the major sights and entertainments are either within walking distance or several minutes’ trip by bus or by underground. Besides, the prices are much lower than in the capital. I think that the latter is especially important for students planning to stay in France for quite a long time.

It is no secret, however, that most people associate France first of all with Paris. An important advantage of Rouen is that you can easily get to the capital in 1-1.5 hours – there are direct high-speed trains and buses to Paris. Moreover, it is convenient to travel from Rouen to other countries: it is situated almost at the same distance from Brussels and London, and there is a great number of low-cost airlines flying from the airport of Beauvais which is half-way between Rouen and Paris.

Finally, Rouen is a perfect departure point for journeys all over Normandy – one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions of France. I won’t mention all the places worth visiting – they are really too many. Here are just some of them that, in my opinion, deserve special attention:

  • Le Mont-Saint-Michel – a real architectural and natural miracle;
  • Honfleur – one of the most beautiful little towns in Normandy;
  • Caen – the city of William the Conqueror with a wonderful castle;
  • Etretat – a small town famous for its beautiful “postcard” views of sea cliffs that Claude Monet embodied on his paintings;
  • Giverny – the memorial house of Claude Monet and picturesque gardens.

I think that if you are going to France to study French and you are facing a difficult task of finding the right Mont-Saint-Michellanguage school, Rouen and Normandy will be an important argument for choosing “French in Normandy”. However, it is obvious that for those whose first priority is studies just a wonderful geographical location is not enough – some other reasons are necessary. So…

Internship in France: Why «French in Normandy»?

You can find a lot of information about the school’s numerous advantages on its website and in its brochures. That is why I will probably say nothing new here. But today, having spent 4 months at school as an intern, seeing its everyday life “from the inside”, talking to my colleagues, I can say with confidence that “French in Normandy” – is first of all a really excellent quality of teaching the French language and a highly professional and enthusiastic teachers’ team.

The school uses an innovative communicative teaching approach aimed at inciting students to use the language primarily for oral communication – to speak, to speak and to speak again… Numerous after-class activities and clubs that are free for students (cinema club, theatre club, reading club, etc.), as well as the accommodation in a French family recommended by the school, are also intended to reach this objective. At “French in Normandy”, French is used as the language of day-to-day communication with the students of all levels (only as an exception, the school’s employees can sometimes switch to English or some other language to explain some important administrative issues).

Dieppe chateauThe high quality of teaching the French language at school is confirmed by the fact that “French in Normandy” is accredited by the French government (which also facilitates the process of getting the French visa for those students who need it). Moreover, the school is the winner of numerous prizes in its sector. For 5 years on end, “French in Normandy” was acclaimed Best French Language School by “Study Travel Magazine” (the only periodical making and publishing the ratings of language schools), and several times – by the website Education Stars.com (the equivalent of Tripadvisor in the sphere of educational tourism) – according to students’ opinions.

I can also say that the warm family atmosphere and individual approach to every student are not just words from advertising booklets. All these are to a great extent made possible thanks to a small group size (not more than 10 students per group) and also to the fact that all the school’s teachers and employees have good knowledge of the basics of psychology and do their best to make the students feel comfortable both at school and outside – as it is obvious that without cheerful mind and positive thinking good communication, and therefore progress in language learning, is impossible.

In my opinion, the most important advantages of the school are the following:

  • The duration of each lesson is 60 minutes (not 45 like a lot of schools offer);
  • Classes start every Monday for all the levels and all the types of programmes;
  • The school offers preparation courses for internationally recognized DELF/DALF exams;
  • «French in Normandy» offers a wide range of accommodation options, including home stay, student residence, hotels, youth hostel, etc.;
  • The school organizes an orientation tour of Rouen for all new students on the first day of their classes;
  • «French in Normandy» is open all the year round except for the 2 weeks of Christmas holidays, and lessons are never lost on public holidays – they are made up during the remaining days of the same week;
  • You can benefit from the airport transfer service offered by the school;
  • Reading and watching movies in French can help you to make a rapid progress in the study of the language. The school disposes of a small, but really nice library with books, magazines and DVDs.

What can I say in conclusion? I suppose only one thing.

Welcome to Rouen!

And welcome to «French in Normandy»!

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