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Posted by katie in Weekends on Friday December 5, 2014
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Macee's Memorable Experience in Barcelona

For the most recent bank holiday (7 November-10 November), a group of seven-day boarders took off to the wonderful Spanish city of Barcelona. When we got off of the plane, we were immediately treated to a bit of Spanish culture by taking the metro to a delicious, traditional Spanish dinner. It was a nice, relaxed moment before the next day that would prove to be a very full one of sightseeing and more culture.

The next morning, we took off on a tour of the city. We first went to el pueblo viejo, or “the old town” to see Gaudí’s famous park and house. Next, we went to Sagrada Familia, which is a famous Gothic cathedral in the middle of Barcelona built by Gaudí as well. Then, we went to a Spanish market and had lunch. Finally, we went to the midaeval quarter of Barcelona. After this, it was late afternoon and we all went back to the hostel to rest a bit before yet another Spanish dinner. On Sunday, we took off to Figueras to go to el Teatro Museo Dalí, or the Dalí Theatre Mueseum, and got to see a lot of Dalí’s work. I think that I can speak for all of us when I say that it was something to remember. The art was amazing and we all had a great time admiring it together. On our last morning, the girls wanted to go shopping at the famous Corte Inglés and the Passeig de Gràcia, which is the equivalent of the Champs Elyseés in our own lovely city of Paris. The boys, of course, wanted to go to Camp Nou, the home of the famous FC Barcelona.

We met up to go to the airport, happy to go back, but nonetheless sad that we had to leave the lovely city that Barcelona is. It was a memorable experience that was great to experience with the other boarders. We all got to know each other and the gap students, Brie and Ann-Kathrin better. We would like to thank them and Mr. Collie for graciously accompanying us on this trip and planning it for us. 


Macee, FND5


Posted by katie in Weekends on Wednesday November 19, 2014
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Visit to Barcelona!

We are truly having a great time in Barcelona, lots to see and do, and we have tried to fit it all in! Students have enjoyed the local cuisine (tapas and paella),  the works of Gaudi and Dali, and we were fortunate to have had an excellent tour guide who brought to light the rich history of Barcelona. Unfortunately our trip is going by all to quickly but we will be sure to make the most of what's left of it with some shopping and with a visit to the famous Barcelona FC stadium tomorrow. More to come!

Posted by katie in Weekends on Tuesday November 11, 2014
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Parc Asterix

Posted by katie in Weekends on Tuesday September 23, 2014
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Weekend trip to Fontainebleau

Our first weekend trip outside of Maisons-Laffitte was filled with history and adventure. Something for everyone to enjoy. We left Ermitage on Friday afternoon and arrived shortly there after for an interesting look into the Chateau de Fontainebleau. Our guide took us through the intricate history of the Chateau that began with King Louis VII in 1137 and ended with Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie in 1914. 

We left the beautiful Chateau behind and the next day continued with our trip to the famous rock climbing boulders of Fontainebleau. We climbed numerous boulders that varied in difficulty level from simple to challenging. It was a great exercise to get to know one another in preparation for this year ahead. 

What a trip! Two days jam packed with great activities. We can't wait for the next one!

Posted by katie in Weekends on Tuesday September 9, 2014
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Wagram House Renovations

Did you know that nearly a third of the students in the International Studies Program live on campus? To help students living on campus connect with the local community, families living locally are encouraged to host students throughout the year. Should you be interested in inviting a student for dinner, a weekend or even a long vacation, please contact boarding@ermitage.fr

oarding students within the International Studies Program currently live at the Wagram and Vergniaud Houses. The Wagram House, residence to our female boarding students, has been completely renovated during the summer holiday.

If you're curious as to what it looks like inside Wagram, please click the photo below!

Posted by katie in Daily Life on Thursday September 4, 2014
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Easter Egg Hunt

On Thursday 10th April, the boarders gathered for a little Easter egg hunt after dinner. You might well think that the younger boarders were the most keen and enthusiastic, but below the nonchalence of the older boarders lurked a great desire for chocolate. No sooner the eggs hidden, everyone zoomed off to search and collect. Although not a competition, it was hilarious seeing the intensity with which the Mansart boarders approached the event, later confirming they had collected 189 eggs altogether! The unanswered question is: did they consume them all that evening??
Posted by katie in Daily Life on Thursday April 10, 2014
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Boarding Cook and Dine-in Evening

This weekend was amazing! On Saturday, the "cook it yourself and dine in" at Verniaud was a wonderful and memorable experience for me. It was also the first time I have helped cook a dish and learned a few things about cooking. In the end the dish tasted far better than  my expectations for it. We should do this more often and I would like to experiment on a few more different Asian recipes. Today's (Sunday) outing was simply mind blowing! The science park that we went to was very interesting. We got to watch an IMAX (Immense HD screen) film call "Under the Sea" where we learnt more about life underwater. We also got to learn about several properties of light by playing "light" games and also learnt about the history of the planet Earth. This weekend was truly a wonderful experience and I wish that it could have lasted a little longer!

Aswin K, Foundation 5



Posted by mtrygger in Weekends on Monday March 17, 2014
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Charlotte & Maria explore Paris with RLS

This weekend Maria and I did a little bit of exploring in Paris. We went to the Notre Dame on Saturday morning and climbed up the stairs (which seemed to go on forever) until we finally were at the top of the building. The view was amazing and we could see the whole of Paris.

After the Notre Dame, we tried to find the point zero mark of Paris but were unable to, so we went to chatelet and had lunch in a nice little French cafe where we were able to practise our French. We got to try some amazing French food, and after we started exploring Chatelet and looked around some of the shops.

The last place we went to was La Defense. We did a little bit of shopping then went to starbucks before we went back to Maisons Laffitte.

Charlotte & Maria

FND4 Students, Australia & Russia

Posted by katie in Weekends, Paris at your Doorstep on Sunday February 2, 2014
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Almu's weekend - from visiting galleries to crème brûlée!

On my weekend I:

-Went out for coffee to town after school on Friday

-On Saturday I explored Paris with Ines (Mexican & French) and Gaby (Lithuanian). We went to the Marais, checked out some galleries and some boutiques, then we had a nice dinner near the Eiffel tower and came back to the boarding house.

-On Sunday, I stayed in the boarding house. I saw some movies with Gaby and Richard and after that we learned how to make crème brûlée with Jerome.



FND4 Student, Mexico

Posted by katie in Weekends, Paris at your Doorstep on Friday January 31, 2014
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