My French Feat

Luther's Nottingham Program, which will be in its 46th year in 2017-2018, offers the rich opportunity to spend an academic year in England and study at the University of Nottingham. During this program, students live together, take courses together, and participate in a community service project of their choosing. To learn more about the program, visit the Nottingham Year website.

Bonjour! Libby here! 

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to France to visit one of my dear friends from high school, Matt Kreft! During my time in Marseille, I got to see the ocean, climb a mountain, and experience a French Market.

My flight left at 7:00am on Friday morning. I was lucky enough to be placed in a window seat, so I got to watch the sunrise and the morning begin. I landed in Marseille at 10 in the morning with 80◦ weather. It was an beautiful morning! I adventured around the town I flew into, as I had about 2 hours before my train left the station. My train was an unexpected delight with everything I got to see along the way. There were lots of rolling hills and mountainous land everywhere. After a bit of train and bus troubles, I made it to the little city of Lacoste at about 6pm!

My friend Matt met me at the bus station and took me to get dinner right off the bat. The little village of Lacoste has a population of about 500 people and it sits at the top of a mountain. The village is very secluded; it takes about 45 minutes by car to get to the next town. Friday night Matt and I caught up a bit and went to the one bar they had in town that overlooks the valley and stretches all the way to their rival village of Bonnieux. There is a fun story about that village, borrowing a cannon from the village of Lacoste, and then using it to shoot at Lacoste. But that seems to be water under the bridge now…somewhat.

Saturday morning, Matt and I got up to go to a proper French Market. We took a bus to the little village of Apt, about 45 minutes away. It was very Beauty and the Beast-esque: People mulling about everywhere, saying Bonjour to everyone, even if they did not know you, lots of giant wheels of cheese, freshly baked breads and croissants, flowers. It was every bit the hustle and bustle of the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast where Belle is walking through her town and Gaston is trying get her attention. I was able to try freshly baked croissant, a pizza cooked in fire stove, French ice cream, and a few other delicious treats.

Sunday unfortunately I had to start my journey home, bidding goodbye to Matt and the French country side and head back to Nottingham.

Overall I had an amazing trip, lots of fun adventure stories I was able to tell once I got back. It was definitely a very big learning experience, traveling alone to a country where English wasn’t their language. Thankfully, I was able to run into some very kind people who were willing to help. And I have become ever so grateful for technologies like Google Translate.

It is quite an amazing opportunity to be so close to so many other countries and have the ability to travel to another country for the weekend! One of the many things I adore about living here in Nottingham.

It’s crazy that we have already been here for two months, but like they say, “Time flies when you are having fun.”  

Stay tuned for more of our adventures!


My flight view on the way to Marseille
Matt welcoming me to the cottage that he lives in!
The sunrise from Lacoste
The view of the valley to see across Lacoste
The French Market in Apt
After walking through the town all day, we sat down to have a cone of French ice cream.
On the trip back from Lacoste, we took an open air bus that drove through the mountains.