Friday, 31 August 2007


The French are the most depressed people in Europe - They are the highest consumers of drugs [over the counter and prescription drugs and anti-depressants]. That's really surprising, since when everyone thinks of France, they think "oh its such a great place, romantic, etc." whatever. Maybe, they're so depressed because, it's such a boring place [OK i take that back, you'll see why in my St. Tropez posts.] To prove that they consume a lot of drugs, there is a pharmacy on almost every corner; the concentration of pharmacies in this city is amazing. I was wondering why, until my French lecturer revealed the secret French drug-craving. [Pharmacie Sextius is not a sex pharmacy, its just a pharmacy on a street called "Sextius" which is an ancient word for "water" or something].


The famous French baguette [no bag, no covering, just hold it in your hand - as is - and walk down the road with it.] I just had to try this, I mean, it's France, why not. It can be hard at times, but if you eat it right when it comes out of the oven, it's really "lovely".

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Passage Agard

A Narrow passage which forms a small shopping mall. On this site a large convent of Carmelite friars was repurchased by Félicien Agard in 1846.

It's really hidden, you wont even think this small dorrway opens up into a secret passageway.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007


Some of the other students [and friends] in the programme:

Slavica and Biljana [from Serbia]:

Ken with nunchucks; Marcos with a wrestling mask; Jose form Portugal [this guy knows the entire city by means trial and error and walking, he's been around europe - even to Prague!]

Lunch at school: from left to right: nicholas from zimbabwe, marcos form mexico, samsethy from cambodia, francais from zimbabwe, ahmed from india, dawit from ehtiopia, sunny from korea, kris from india, marie from india, slavica from serbia, bing from china, ken from china, alkid from malasia, hang from china, mark from netherlands, minh from vietnam, tingting from china, jose from portugal.

Monday, 27 August 2007

You know you're in Europe when:

I'm in Europe!

A street toilet [WC: water closet]. For 2,50 euros, i think i'll wait.

Wine, wine, more wine, here in France, a bottle of wine is cheaper than one beer!

Saturday, 25 August 2007

La Ville de L'Avignion: Montfavet

After exploring Avignon to the max, we decided to go to the Fête des Foins in a nearby village: Montfavet. There was a very very very country-side fair there, and we had a great lunch for a cheap price. Here, if anyone even catches a glimpse of you eating food, they yell out "bon appetite" almost as if to draw the attention of everyone in the town to you and your food. This was a true French experience, since in this part of town, there weren't much tourists.

More hay, infront of yet another church; lunch:

Colourful sweets; and Fromage [cheese] in an advanced rotted state :S

La Ville de L'Avignion [Encore] [Encore]

To the Look-out-point; Château in the distance; More fountains:

View of the River:

Panoramic of Avignon's Rhône River.

The Pont D'Avignon:

La Ville de L'Avignion [Encore]

Palais des Papes [Palace of the Popes]

Other Sites around the Palace: