84480 Lacoste, France


I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY! This tab has been opened on my computer to post this for WEEKS now! But I am finally getting to it! We are now on week SIX! But here are some of my favorite photos and the highlights from week two! Everything is flying by here, which is wild, I want to be able to hold on to every moment, but it's fleeting! Anyway, here's week two...
Kicked off the week with a trip to Nîmes where we did some sightseeing of ancient Roman structures like the arena and some other monuments! Nîmes was the first city we had been to since coming to Lacoste, so it was a nice change of pace from our slow hilltop village.

And don't worry, we made sure to eat lots and lots of gelato... of course!
That afternoon we ventured to the Pont du Gard, which is a now retired Roman Aqueduct! It was GIANT! Very cool to see in real life and towering above us knowing that it was once used, wild!

In addition, we actually did some cliff jumping into the FREEZING water below! It was something like 45 degree water... Most definitely got the wind knocked out of me, and my body may or may not have gone into some kind of shock, BUT when would I ever get the chance to do that again? I will never forget that moment :-)
That Saturday my friends and I took another little afternoon trip to Bonnieux. Again, ate lots of gelato, and took tons of cute photos! What more could you need?! Lacoste although small, is surrounded by a bunch of other similarly wonderful hilltop towns just waiting for us to explore them! Bonnieux is just a walk away through the cherry blossom fields! MAGIC!
On Monday, my drawing class and I went on a field trip to Fontain del Vacluse which just, WOW. Talk about magic! This place is literally picked up out of a fairytale dream world. It's unreal how beautiful it is. It was also such a treat getting to go early in the morning before the tourists got there. It felt like we had the town all to ourselves to really experience the mystical waterfalls in all their untouched beauty.
The next two days I went to Roussillon twice! Once in my drawing class, and then again in my fibers class! Another unreal world, Roussillon is what it would look like if there were life on Mars but in the Grand Canyon, and in France. Ya know?? I was able to get pigment that was actually mined and made there, straight from the rocks! So cool to paint on sight with the local materials.
Ended the week out with another Friday school trip! We went to a few places, starting with the Sénanque Abbey which is near Gordes. This is a beautiful monastery where actually seven monks still live and work! The place was lovely and cold! So cold, can you imagine sleeping on a stone floor in the dead of winter with no source of heat? No thank you!

In the photo above on the right, that field is actually typically lavish with lavender! But we'd have to give or take a month or so for it to be in bloom. Part of the work the monks do is grow the lavender and sell it.
Next we headed to Avignon where we explored through The Papal Palace! Something that was so amazing about this visit was the technology that was incorporated to create an interactive and immersive experience. We were able to use the iPad to see what the rooms used to look like back in the 14th century. Every room was so decadent, so highly decorated, and absolutely beautiful! It was such a treat being able to have the audio tour in addition to the visuals, I wish I could have been there when it was in it’s height of luxury! So cool!
After that, I snuck in with the photo kids and went on their excursion to a SUPER cool museum. I don't remember the name of it, but it was pretty nifty. Full of neon, contemporary art, photography, sculpture, and every cooooool photoworthy artsy thing under the sun. Loved it! So glad I tagged along.

Avignon was such a cool city, it's actually a college town, so there was a lot going on. I could see myself spending more time there for sure. Some people actually stayed there that weekend before we headed off to Paris.

There is just never enough time here! I already want to do everything all over again! I have four vlogs to edit and post literally this week so wish me luck! I will be flooding you with content so soon! Get excited!

Also, do you like photos to be shared like this? More of a collage way rather than just the individual photos, what do you think?

See you soon!
Xo, O


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