Cannes I Got Back Yet?

I’m really proud of myself because I beat jet lag really quickly. I didn’t really sleep on my 12+ hour flight. It was the longest day of my life though, I was up over 24 hours. I watched 5 movies on the plane (I regret a few of them). The day I left was just such a struggle for me because I had so many bags and they weighed a lot, my parents could barely bring them up the stairs when we got home. I went to bed at 9 pm, pretty impressive if I do say so myself considering it was 4 am in France when I got off the plane.
It’s really nice seeing my parents and my best friends. But I was feeling that “reverse culture shock” almost immediately because my parents started to make fun of me. Saying I was “so cultured because I studied in the south of France.” And I just missed my daily routine, my friends, and of course waking up to that beautiful view of the ocean. Writing about it right now still makes me sad.
However I’m less “home sick” (if you can call France my home) now, I think it has to do with my road trip to Oregon. I currently live in San Diego but I am an Oregonian until I die. So it’s nice to be back and I get to be a tourist again! But I know as soon as I return to San Diego I am going to bored (and not to mention super broke). I have no job, no car and practically no friends. I think I’ll probably spend my time watching Netflix and forcing my cats to love me.
No matter what Cannes will always be a part of my life and I don’t think there will be a moment where I will forget it.
Thank you to everyone who helped me go abroad and have the best time of my life! Now I just need to figure out a way to make money over the summer…
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Movies, Movies, Movies

IMG_1635My internship wrapped up quickly on Tuesday. Everyone on the team was wanted to do things the next day and then they left for California on Thursday. So I just watched movies everyday until the last day of the festival. All the films I watched:
-Mad Max: I honeslty loved it
-Tale of Tales: It was really weird, but I oddly liked it. Not for everyone
-Inside Out: Amazing and adorable
-Youth: Fantastic, one of those films you need to watch twice
-Sicario: So suspenseful and filled with action. It’s a great film
-Carol: Really beautiful (probably will be nominated for oscars)
-Macbeth: I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan but it was shot beautifully and the acting was phenomenal
-The Lobster: Such sharp dry humor, I really liked it but there was one scene that just crossed the line.
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Macbeth red carpet

Then we watched The Usual Suspects on the beach. it was so much fun. But I called the ending. No way does Kevin Spacey ever play a good guy.
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Then on Wednesday night, Melanie’s boss said she was leaving but she still had her apartment for one more night. So she invited Melanie and all her friends to stay over. It was really fun because it over looks the red carpet (we saw the premier for Love….) and we drank wine and had cheese and crackers. We also went to the club Gotha to see Jason Derulo perform. It was fun but he didn’t come on until 3:15 am and he only played like 4 songs. But it was really fun!
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I was sad to see the festival end, we waited all semester for it and then it was over in a blink of an eye. C’est la vie, I suppose. Cannes was so much fun and lively during that time but I could have lived without all the people crowding the streets. I’m going to miss it! But I’m ready to head home!!
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We also had our farewell dinner on the beach in Theoule, it was really nice but It’s getting so sad because we have to say goodbye to all of our friends that don’t go to Chapman. I feel like I’m definitely going to cry multiple times.  I had an amazing time but saying goodbye is always so bittersweet!

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I amfAR Too Cold for This

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On Thursday night everyone at the college was invited to volunteer at the amfAR gala, which Elizabeth Taylor started to help fight AIDS. We got there around 3 and were then assigned spots to greet the guests. I was outside near the cocktail area with 15 other girls. Now they set us up at 4, guests didn’t arrive until 6…I was at first standing right in the sun.
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The view from the bungalows were we put our stuff

Which was nice but I hadn’t had any water in a while nor did I eat and we’d been standing there over 2 hours for no reason. My stomach started to hurt and then my ear started to ring. Then my vision started to go and I started to sweat. I’ve passed out before so I knew what was going to happen if I didn’t sit down. However I knew I couldn’t just pop a squat on their nice blue carpet or in the grass. Thankfully my coordinator from le college walked by and brought me some water. But I had to switch places with someone in the shade and I ended sitting behind some bushes for like 15 minutes. I was totally fine after that but I was really scared I was going to faint right there on the carpet. But I stayed there and was fine for the rest of the night. Celebrities started to arrive after that. I saw Eva Longoria, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Adrian Brody, Antonio Banderas, Marion Cotillard, Kat Gramm, Robin Thicke, Dita Von Teese, Mary J. Blige, Rita Ora, Zoe Kravitz, Kendall Jenner, Tom Ford, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Kruger, Chris Tucker and a few others that I can’t remember. I swear to god that Jake Gyllenhaal looked, not at me, but into my soul. Into my goddamn soul!
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Here is a photo of Jake off some random persons insta. I saw this photo being taken!

 After awhile it started to get really cold, around 7ish. Then it started to rain.(celebrities were refusing to go to the dinner because they didn’t want to walk outside) We were all in little black dresses. There was no covering over us, they didn’t offer us umbrellas or anything. We all started to shake and couldn’t smile at anyone anymore. This went on for another hour or two. Thankfully the rain let up soon. But my skin started to turn orange. I’m not even sure what that means. Thankfully at 9 they came to tell us we could eat dinner. Of course we don’t actually get to eat with the guests (tickets cost 50,000 euros…) So we got a shitty dinner off to the side. At this point we are all huddled together shivering our tuchis off. Thankfully we headed back home after that. Then we stalked Instagram to see if we photobombed any celebrities pictures because we obviously weren’t allowed our phones and such.
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That Intern Life

So part of my study abroad program in Cannes is to intern at the Cannes Film Festival. Which is an incredible opportunity, I can’t even begin to explain. Not many people even get a chance to come into the Palais de Festivals.

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I’m interning for Lightning Entertainment. Which may not do large blockbusters but they distribute some pretty good indie films (they aren’t going to win any awards or anything but they could do a lot worse). They have done “The Reef” a few years ago, this year the newest and most popular is “The Pack” by the same people, about killer wild dogs. I’m just glad they don’t do movies like “Deathgasm.”

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I think it’s actually better to intern for smaller companies rather than like IM Global or Arclight because they are so big that you don’t get to learn as much and there really isn’t any perks they can offer you. My company showed us how they make up contracts and let us listen in on meetings. And last night the president gave me a red carpet ticket to Pixar’s “Inside Out” which was the one film I wanted to see on the red carpet.

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And it was magical and perfect. The movie was amazing! I felt all the emotions. I cried actually a lot. Classic Pixar. Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Pete Doctor (the director) were there as well!! The movie got a standing ovation. It’s not actually in competition for anything but I think it been the most well received film in the lumiére theater thus far! It was a wonderful opportunity!!!

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A snapchat my friend took of us sitting in the Lumiere theater!

I’ve also seen a few movies at a theater near me. You had to apply for Cannes Cinephile badges in order to go, thankfully the College does that for you. So I’ve seen Mad Max (really good! Charlize Theron and Nicholas Holt were amazing in it and Tom Hardy was great!) and I saw Tale of Tales which was less great, and much weirder. I enjoyed watching it but it was bizarre. I can’t deny that I’m not sure I’d recommend it to everyone. I also watched the red carpet for Mad Max from the CEO of Vision Films apparent right over the croissette. We had wine and cheese. It was fabulous!

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Now the market is wrapping up, I have one or two days left even though the festival continues for several more days. I’m hoping to get one more red carpet ticket. Fingers crossed!

Leprechaun Land

Late Friday night we flew to Ireland, which was probably the longest flight in a while. Our Hostel was pretty nice and there was free wifi, which is always a plus. We got fish n’ chips for dinner than went to The Temple Bar and grabbed guinnesses.
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Bono was casually there. Sadly we did not get a photo because he walked by us and we were all like wait, that guy looks like Bono. Then we were like holy shit that WAS Bono.
The next day we went to Trinity College to see the book of  Kells and the old library. The guy selling tickets was so nice, he was like where are you guys from, and we are like “America but we are studying abroad in Cannes” and he said, “oh we’ll then you’re going to need your money for Cannes!” And let us go in free. If was very cool! I really liked the old library, which very clearly looked like the blue library from Star Wars attack of the clones or something.
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Then we went to the Guinness factory, which was like a disneyland for 40 year old dads.
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It was fun though! We took a lot of pictures and had lots of beer! Though we hadn’t had lunch, just beer all day so by the end we were a little buzzed. Haha
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 After lunch we stopped by the Dublin Castle just to take pictures.
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Then we went shopping at Penneys/Primark to buy business casual for our internships later. Then we went out and got some Irish Coffees which I loved.
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Sunday we got up at 5am to head to the Cliffs of Moher with a Irish day tours. We stopped off in a few places but the drive was very long and it was pouring and windy.
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The cliffs were gorgeous though. Game of thrones actually bases some stuff off them. I could have stayed out there forever if it wasn’t for the wind and the rain.
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But it was a lot of fun! And they had cows! I felt kind of bad for them though because they were drenched.
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On the drive back we stopped at a dinky little truck stop and apparently Obama has been there because he has family in the area so they named the truck stop the Barack Obama Plaza.
Then sadly the next day we had to leave but we had a great time!!! Ireland is definitely one of my top favorite countries

Oh Merde

This weekend we (Melanie and I) went back to Paris because I love Paris. However our flight was at 6:30am and the earliest train was 5:17. I don’t really wanna talk about it but we missed our flight. We got on the next one at 9am but we had to pay 80€. I wanted to cry.
But any who, we got to Paris and checked into our sketchy hostel. There was only one outlet for 4 people and it didn’t even work. There was also only one toilet and shower per floor! But we weren’t there very much.
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It had a lot of the impressionist we are learning about in class like Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and such.
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It also has a lot of post impressionists like Van Gogh, Georges Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec.IMG_1173IMG_1196
I think it’s my favorite museum. Followed by the l’Orangerie then the Louvre. I highly recommend it to very one!
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Then we got chipotle! Very exciting considering they didn’t have it in Cannes. Friday we went to Montemarte, and walked up to the Sacre-cœur which was so beautiful.
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Then we went to le Moulin Rouge. Which was really cool to see. (Also it’s my favorite movie ).
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Then we tried to go to the catacombs but it took longer than we thought to get there so we missed the last tour. But instead we went to go see Napoleon’s tomb and the Opera house. Then we saw the Palais du Justice. And walked to Notre Dame and did some souvenir shopping. And for delicious ice cream!
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Saturday we went to Versailles which was so gorgeous! We had to wait roughly 2 hours to get in but that’s okay. It was worth it.
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Everything was so lavish. I couldn’t even count how many chandeliers there were. The hall of mirrors was beautiful as well!!!
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Then we got hot chocolate from Angelina. Which is a famous restaurant where Audrey Hepburn  and Grace Kelly liked to go. It was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had!
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Then when we were buying souvenirs the cashier told us we had to go in these beautiful apartments right near the entrance.  He was right they were very pretty! And to think we almost missed them! Then Melanie’s sweet mom said she would pay for us to have a nice dinner. So Mel and I went to the Champs Élysées and ate at George V. We got escargot and cod with ratatouille. It was so good! I was surprised I actually like the escargot! (Probably because it was covered in garlic sauce) then we got Creme brûlée! It was the nicest meal I’ve had in such a long time! Thanks Mel’s Mom!Then we walked down the Champs and stopped in the Disney store as always! Then we watched the Eiffel Tower twinkle!
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Then Sunday we had to leave 😦 However I got to meet up with my friends Emily and Selena from Chapman in Nice! We got lunch and just walked around. That was really nice!
Now off to Dublin tomorrow!
Until next time Paris!
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Aix-en-Provence

This weekend we went to Provence with the aifs group. We left early saturday morning and took a bus ride for two hours. For some reason we watched “The Town” with Ben Affleck and not going to lie it was a little early for that movie. Then we stopped in Arles where there was a market that pretty much sold everything.

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We found a little garden that Van Gogh used to go to and we saw the famous restaurant he painted “Terrasse du café le soir” , which of course is a complete tourist trap now, but it was very pretty!

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Then we saw some ruins, an old theatre and a coliseum thing that is still used for bull fighting.

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Then we got back on the bus to go to Pont du Gard, which is a Roman aqueduct built in 19 BC to carry water 50 ams to Nimes.

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Then we drove to Chateauneuf-du-Pape were we had a wine tasting at “Le domaine Mousset” which was great! We tried white, then rosé then red (no I did not spit any of it out, and I even got a second glass of red). The rosé was my favorite. We could even see a little lavender field from the chateau.

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After, we arrived in Avignon which is a beautiful ancient city. Our hotel was so cute and beautiful and right across from Le Palais des Papes.

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We got dinner in the hotel that night, (yay! Free dinner and more wine!) however, the vegetarian meal was just potatoes… On sunday we had an audio guided tour of Le Palais des Papes, which was the Popes’ residence in the 14th century and is the most important gothic palace in Europe.

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We also say the Pont de Avignon, which is a famous bridge built in the 12 Century and was damaged several times by the floods of the Rhone river and was rebuilt many times up until the 17th cent., when they gave up and just left it half up. It’s also a famous song in french. After we headed to Les Baux-de-Provence where we went to The Quarry of Lights which uses the walls, floors and ceilings of a former quarry to project images. We saw two shows, “Voyage Imagination” which is a permanent show there that had hot air balloons and sea voyages, then there was the themed one that changes each year. This years theme is “Giants of the Renaissance.” It was so cool. A little disorienting at first because everything is moving and you start to feel like you are as well but it was very cool!

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We then walked up to the ruins of a medieval castle called “the City of the Dead” where they had catapults and medieval corny shows. But the views were incredible!

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We then walked around the village, which lies on a rock plateau way above the countryside. It had so many cute shops and restaurant. I bought some tapenade and crackers for the bus ride back. We then watched “Horrible Bosses” on the bus ride back. Fun fact: in French the movie is called “How to Kill Your Boss” (“Comment Tuer son Boss”) It was a very fun weekend!

I Summer in the South of France

The weather is sooooo nice right now! I’ve actually gotten tan (for me). It finally looks like what you’d expect the south of France to look like! On Friday, Melanie and I went with the group to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, which is a little island about 15 minutes away and there are no cars or really any people who live there.
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There is only one restaurant and no grocery stores. Some people vacation there but no one can actually live there because there is not a real source of water. It used to be a prison quite some time ago.
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In fact it was were the Man in the Iron Mask was held, except it was a velvet mask and the prisoner wasn’t the kings twin brother, he was probably a nobody. The movie is a lot more interesting than the real story.
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A Blurry photo of the prison cell of the Man with the Iron Mask

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The mural in the cell of the Man with the Iron Mask

The island was beautiful, so much greenery! There was forest and a little lake. It reminded me of Oregon in the summer (plus the ocean right there). We walked up to the Dragon Point where you could see the other island Ile Stainte Honorat, which is where a monastery is.
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On Saturday there was an excursion to Sainte Tropez that Melanie and I went on. We took the scenic route there, which took about two hours. But it was gorgeous! I mean soooooo pretty. All the fancy villas on the cliffs above the ocean.
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St. Tropez was beautiful!!!! Very Mediterranean with all the different colored buildings. We went to the market they have every Saturday. It was cool! I didn’t buy anything but it was fun walking around.
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Then we went up to the Citadelle but we didn’t go in, but the view was amazing!!! I could have sat up there forever looking out over the ocean.
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Then we went to the art museum “Le Musee de l’annonciade” , which had Paul Signac, Henri Matisse, there was a George Seurat and my favorite Henri Person.
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Then we went to an olive oil farm. We tasted some olive oil and had some tapenade. It was really good, except I’m not really into just taking straight olive oil shots. But the tapenade was very good!!!
Sadly on Sunday it rained so I watched Netflix and did homework….

All in the Name of Tasha

     So we were supposed to be in Ireland this weekend, however we found out like 12 hours prior to our flight that it was actually canceled due to air traffic strikes… We were pretty mad that we weren’t told beforehand. We were supposed to be going there for my birthday so I’m pretty sad that it didn’t happen. But we are going to try to plan another trip there in May.
      But we celebrated my birthday here in France. We took it pretty easy considering I am still sick and on medications. We went to Anitibes on Friday and saw some glass blowing and went to a very tiny Picasso Museum. Then on Saturday we went to Nice. (Which was soooo nice 😉 ) We did a little shopping in H&M and then hiked up this old chateau (that’s actually not a castle anymore but just a beautiful view point)
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then we got bae, aka Stake N’Shake. Sunday we tanned on the beach all day and got gelato.
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Then on Monday! (My birth!) we had class (like every other day). Sadly I don’t like my new teacher, Carol, as much as I liked Christel. But class went by pretty fast. After lunch we headed into town to get wine and Ladurée, my absolute favorite, for my birthday! Then I was surprised (not really, considering I told them) by a beautiful gift from my roommates!!! (Thanks Jordan and Mel!)
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Then we tanned on the beach for several hours! The weather has been superb! For dinner we went to “Le Rendez-Vous” a nice fancy place! I got delicious salmon (I’m currently a pescetarian) and got Monaco’s! It was a good day!
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Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! Means a lot!
Merci a vous!
 Winter Spring Break
Sorry I’m so late to posting, but sadly I got a really bad sinus infection and almost died. (Not really but it was a rough week).
It was the best (and the worst) spring break.
Also the coldest.
Brussels, Belgium
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We did quiet a lot in Brussels. We saw the museum of original figurines (aka Moof) and went to delirium which had great beer and saw the Grand- Place and ate lots of chocolate and fries.
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We went to Bruges which is a cute little fairytale village ( I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen In Bruges but it’s a film that takes place in Bruges…)
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We had a very interesting set of roommates at the Hostel, ranging from Marta from Spain who thought Caroline stole her bed, a 40 ish year old man who just walked around in his underwear and a french girl who woke up screaming “DIX MINUTES S’IL VOUS PLAIT”.
Sadly this is went the black lung took me… I got very sick on the plane to Berlin. And Berlin was soooo cold and windy. So windy. It actually snowed several times.
But Berlin was very cool. I loved the Berlin Dome. It was amazing.
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We saw all these cute little stands on our way to starbucks.
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We went to museum island, actually we waited 2 hours for a lame museum. But hey c’est la vie. We also so the Parliament building, Reichstag, and the Brandenburg Gate and went to see the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish Museum. And saw the Berlin Wall. It was really crazy to see and all the graffiti on it was beautiful and sad at the same time.
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We also did a lot of shopping at this store called Primark, which is cheaper than Forever 21 but better quality. We had awful roommates at the Hostel. All these boys who came in at like 4 am and were yelling while we were sleeping.
Geneva was a lot better because it was much warmer than the other two places but it was so expensive! The cheapest drink at Starbucks was 5.90 CHF (aka Francs. 1 CHF = 1 Euro). And dinner was just crazy! We ate at McDonalds most nights (even then, I spend 5 euros on medium fries). We saw the Jet d’eau and the flower clock and the old town.
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We were all kind of run down and sick at this point so sadly we didn’t get to see as much as we all would have liked. But we also went to the Botanical Gardens and just walked along Lake Geneva a lot. And also went up Mount Saleve (which is a baby mountain. But it had a great view of Geneva!)
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It was a fun spring break but I’m definitely happy to be back in Cannes (where the doctor was able to prescribe me antibiotics! )
Oh the joy’s of traveling.