Updated: Aug 21
My name is Angela. I have been learning French for years. I am passionate about this language and constantly want to improve. In 2019, I discovered Virginie In Provence. I fell in love with the region and also with Virginie's teaching. Every day, I write down what I did during the day. It's also an opportunity for me to work on my writing because Virginie corrects my assignments every day. Today, I want to share an example of a day that I am fortunate to spend in immersion with Virginie In Provence. I arrived on Sunday. Today is Wednesday, and it's market day in the small village of Rousset.
A typical day of immersion in Provence with Virginie In Provence: breakfast
Like every morning, we sat down for breakfast. Virginie went to the bakery to get pastries. She always gets pain au chocolat for me because she knows they are my favorite. We have tea. There are also fruits, yogurts, a baguette, butter, and jam. I don't eat much for breakfast, so usually the pain au chocolat is enough for me.
A typical day of immersion in Provence with Virginie In Provence: classes
We discuss my evening and the day's program. So, I have the opportunity to practice using past and future tenses. We regularly pause to review grammar that I have forgotten or want to delve into. After breakfast, I know that we are going to the market. With Virginie, we create little scenes to practice ordering in French. My mission is to buy fish for lunch. Even though my level of French is good, I am stressed about speaking French at the market. Virginie always reminds me that a language is made for communication and that mistakes don't matter.
Once I feel ready (or almost ready), we head to the city center of Rousset.
A typical day of immersion in Provence with Virginie In Provence: Rousset Market
I drive because I get motion sickness. We park easily right next to the market. We start our shopping at the fishmonger.
We look at the fishes displayed at the fishmonger's. I choose cod and order 600 grams of it. The fishmonger wraps the cod in paper, and Virginie pays by card.
Then, we go to the olive vendor. She lets me taste her products: green and black olive tapenade, confit garlic, and garlic cream. We bought a bit of everything but also some organic bread. We stopped at the fruits and vegetables stand to buy tomatoes, artichokes, strawberries, and parsley. Before leaving, I ordered a roasted chicken from the seller for the following week.
A typical day of immersion in Provence with Virginie In Provence: lunch
When we got home, Virginie started preparing the cod. She cut tomatoes and chopped parsley. The fish was placed in an ovenproof dish and covered with tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and spices.
As soon as Virginie finished, my phone rang. Stephen, my husband, got lost on the way back home (he went hiking alone this morning) and needed help. Virginie and I set off to save him and bring him home.
Finally, Virginie's family, Virginie, Stephen, and I, sat down for lunch. We had goat cheese, wine, sausages, tapenade, etc., for the appetizer followed by the fish. The appetizer, commonly called "apéro", is a drink served before the meal with some snacks. It was very good!
A typical day of immersion in Provence with Virginie In Provence: Enjoying the environment
In the afternoon, we didn't have any excursions planned for that day. So, Stephen and I decided to enjoy our bungalow. I took the opportunity to take a nap and work on my homework. At my request, Virginie gives me homework every day. She also sends me a vocabulary list. I make sentences with those words that we've studied together to help me reuse them. I also played cards with Virginie and her family. It was really nice Meanwhile, my husband took advantage of his time to sunbathe by the pool while enjoying a drink. After all, we are on vacation too.
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If you are coming for an immersion stay in Provence, I really invite you to contact Virginie in Provence. She will be happy to make you discover the different aspects of Provence: landscapes and scents, but also culture, gastronomy... while helping you to improve your French.