Mayra, France and Spain

Mayra is a senior majoring in Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The recipient of a Gilman International Scholarship, she is participating during summer 2012 in SMU-in-South of France and in SMU-in-Madrid.

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C’est incroyable!

Yes, it is incredible that we are at the halfway point; we are getting ready for midterms. We are, of course, still enjoying tremendously our stay in the South of France.

This past weekend we went to Nice (to visit another museum) and to Èze. All joking aside, this time we visited the Musée Marc Chagall, which is located north of Vieux Nice (the old town). And we finally have a photo of the group, without me, because I was taking the picture.

The museum Marc Chagall contains 17 enormous and fantastic paintings of biblical inspiration, overall from the two first books of the Bible and the Song of Songs. There is also an auditorium where the artist depicts the creation of the world on stained-glass windows.

When we arrived in Nice, our very nice driver told us a lot about the important and touristiques places that we should see while in Nice. She told us that among tourists, Nice is the second most popular city after Paris, and I completely agree with them. Nice is a French city in the Mediterranean with Italian flavor. Just amazing! Nice is big enough for museums, parks, boutiques, restaurants and, of course, squares (Place in French, and pronounced plas). Even the names at Nice are charming: the “Promenade des Anglais,” the “Baie des Anges,” the “Zone Pietonne” – that sound so much more romantique than “The road of the English,” “Bay of the Angels” or “Pedestrian Zone.”

There are two Places (French pronunciation here, please) that I want to mention. The first one is Place Masséna, c’est vraiment une petite place italienne au milieu du Sud de la France. (I had to write that to impress you all about how much French I have learned.) And the second one is the Place Rossetti - it is a must-see in the old town. It has the best ice cream (gelato) I (and like 200 others who were in line that morning) have ever tasted.

Have I mentioned that the weather is just magnifique? Finally, here is a picture of myself, and two wonderful students from the SMU-in-the-South of France program. After Nice, we went to Èze, with a stop at “Fragonard,” a local factory of French perfumes and soaps, where they taught us how they made the “Eau de Parfum,” “Eau de Cologne” and so on, all with natural ingredients.

We had a little time lef tover to climb to the litte village, since Èze is a hilltop medieval town, and it provides us the most beautiful panoramic view of that side of the Côte d’Azur.

Food Corner:

While in France, you should look for the restaurants that offer the “plat de jour.” It normally consists of an appetizer, an entrée, dessert and a drink (or any combination of the above depending on how much you want to spend). It normally runs between 12 euros to 27 euros, again that would depend on how much money you want to spend (it is never cheap). But I am telling you that if you walk around, look at the menu, see what people are eating, you can get yourself a feast like the one pictured.

That was my lunch on Sunday, it was 20 euros, and I had une salade de tomatoes et fromage, saumon à la something, un délicieux gâteau au chocolat named L’Opera and bien sûr un coca light.

Bon appétit!

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    1. Dra. Verónica G. León says:

      Mayra:
      Como dicen los ticos: cero estrés. Es parte de la filosofía de vida y en serio que tenemos que aplicar algo de ella a nuestra vida diaria. Mis chicos trabajan en clase y escriben su cuaderno de viaje; su español se mejora a pasos agigantados. No todo es tarea aunque a veces lo parezca.
      Mañana salimos a San Carlos de la Fortuna, un lugar único de muchas maneras por tres días.
      Te mando un “cortadito” –espreso cortado con algo de espuma de leche– de lejos,
      Prof. León

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