French film night: Avenue Montaigne

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Yesterday we watched Avenue Montaigne in the Design Space at the DLC and it was… magnifique! Even with the initial technology disaster (“Quoi? un appareil Dell ne marche pas avec un Apple?”) we managed to pull off the film thanks to Steven, a student who came to the rescue! (Et en attendant, bien heureusement, il y avait trois types de pop-corn gastronomique et du citron pressé….)

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From there we were able to enjoy the delights of the comedy: the brasserie parisienne that is home to a neurotic actress, pained pianist, aging collector of art, all against the backdrop of the jaw-dropping arena of Champs-Élysées…..


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Bastille day

Bastille Day

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Le 14 juillet on a célébré la fête nationale française aux bords d’une piscine et dans la compagnie d’un chef convivial français dans la beauté des “Pâturages du ciel” (“Pastures of Heaven”) renommés de Steinbeck. Merci à tous d’y être venus, on a passé un moment super ensemble.

There was a a French chef eager to talk to us, take food and drink orders, describe his own July 14th traditions… and then the afternoon was the students’ to relax in the pool, sun bathe, sauna: une vraie célébration de la fête estivale à la française, enfin!



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Information on Corral de Tierra / Steinbeck’s “Pastures of Heaven,” the hills in which our country club is situated:

Quant à la fête nationale:

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“Et l’heureux gagnant est…………”!

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Today we embarked upon the pétanque courts by Fisherman’s Wharf to play our first rounds of pétanque! (For the unfamiliar, according to Wikipedia “pétanque” can be thought of as “a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet, literally ‘piglet’, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground,”

To begin, Donna did a fantastic job at teaching the rules…

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…and a passer-by sweetly offered to help us distinguish “les boules” from

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On s’est tous vraiment bien amusés! But who had the best pose?? Votons ici pour le meilleur joueur -ou bien la meilleure joueuse- de pétanque!

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(^ Merci bien à Julie de nous avoir prêté le jeu!)

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(^ C’est bien Akissi qui est arrivée à tellement confondre l’équipe de Julie!)

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French film night!

Bonjour à tous, please join us for the French SILP’s first film night! We’ll be screening “Les Intouchables” (un film vraiment superbe!) in room 102 in McGowen at 7pm this Wednesday, June 24. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you, à très bientôt!

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French goûter and -coming up!- bakery trip!

Our first French SILP goûter last Monday was super, merci à tous d’être venus (thank you everyone for coming)! There was French cheese, wine, music and conversation — tout en français, bien sûr!

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COMING UP: A lunchtime “promenade” to one of Monterey’s finest French bakeries, Parker-Lousseau! Please meet Claire outside the Holland Center at 12:05 (five minutes after class ends for the morning — outside the Holland Center is where we had the goûter on Monday) and we’ll walk down together. Ce n’est pas loin! There’ll be classic French coffee, sandwiches, pastries and fresh baguettes to enjoy… bon appétit!!

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