Tag Archive for Aix-en-Provence

Building a Community in Aix

A fellow student (Kathy) with Paul Cezanne.

The beauty of travel always lies in the unexpected. Studying French at IS-Aix, Kathy and I have been lucky in several respects. Our teachers are bright and have a sense of humor. We’re in separate classes so we’ve met twice as many people. The students in our classes – from Switzerland and Ireland, Brazil and…

Studying French 6 Hours a Day


Today marks Day 1 of my most intensive two weeks of language classes — mornings and afternoons and daily homework. Wish me luck; I’ll need it. Our superb language school, IS-Aix, seemed to stumble a bit in its week-to-week handoff. The teachers assigned no homework, so I watched a lot of television in French (hey,…

Lost in Translation

Holiday decorations remain in the old city of Aix-en-Provence

Our first morning at IS-Aix language institute, we stopped in at Café Joseph across the street for a jolt of caffeine. It has added free WiFi service since our last stay seven years ago.  On the wall was the “mot de passe” or password.  Only the cafe had written “mot de passe = plug you…