Daily Archives: January 12, 2017


During the second half of Thursday at the Lycée, our students partook of two cultural pastimes organized by our hosts: making crêpes and Breton folk dancing!

We were guided in our crêpe-making by two retired teachers who returned especially to teach us how to prepare this delicious pastry.

Breton dance forms a part of Brittany’s Celtic history. A dance troupe led our students through the moves, and even introduced some to the bagpipes!

Maya Butensky (’18) applies her musical skills to a new instrument.


Cultural Exchange & the Planetarium

Our students started off the day with a lecture from Monsieur Février on Brittany’s past and present. Next, Monsieur Février invited some of his French students to join the class and share their views of America with our students, while likewise requesting our students to share their perspectives on France with his pupils. He thereby orchestrated an intercultural exchange and mutual learning opportunity.

Jane Maeng (’18) conversing with French students during an exercise. Maddy Tamms and Lyrik Garyk (’18 — pictured in lower right corner).



Nancy Zhou, Macy Reid and Maya Butensky (’18) in conversation with Monsieur Février’s students.



And afterwards, we were treated to a visit to the Rennes Planetarium. We gathered outside in light rain to take this photo, and consequently it is not clear, but nevertheless it provides a sense of the Planetarium’s structure.





Learning in French

This Wednesday morning, our students immersed themselves in subjects from Mathematics to Spanish, all in the French language and alongside their French peers. At times called upon to offer perspectives and/or comparisons based on their experiences at Porter’s, our students were given the opportunity to participate in an academic day at the Lycée Saint Martin.

Following classes, our students dispersed to join their hosts in a number of activities.

Several were invited to a much anticipated event about which we have been hearing nearly all week: a visit to “McDo” or McDonald’s — which, in France, serves macarons. Below, Porter’s students (from second on the left to second on the right) Lyrik Garyk, Nancy Zhou, and Katherine Bishop (’18) enjoy a meal with their hosts.



Others visited cultural sites, or even left the city for a short day trip. Below, Maya Butensky (’18) captures a beautiful view at Dinard: