Despite the clouds and drizzle of the morning, students had a day filled with sights to see. We started at the Lycée Louis Davier, where we had a tour from Killian’s older sister. The students were quite amazed to see their technical programs, and to learn how schools prepare students for the workforce, whatever their chosen field. We then walked to the house of the residence of Monsieur Portal, who lives in the beautiful house of the former gouverneur de Joigny. He and his wife spent 5 years renovating the house and grounds, during which they uncovered and restored many original features of the home.
After lunch, we had an excellent guided tour of Joigny, a town filled with history and interesting architecture. We were warmly received at the town hall by the mayor, and presented him with three books for the médiathèque (their recently renovated library with an expansive music, film, and technology area). The three books were a Jodi Picoult novel, a Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and Michelle Obama’s gardening book. We wrapped up the day at the médiathèque.
Our walks were filled with questions about cultural differences, historical facts, and culinary curiosities. By the end of the day, the students were exhausted, but happy.
We look forward to visiting the castle of Guédelon in the morning, and zipping through the woods in the afternoon.