Our student delegation is experiencing French hospitality at its best. While living with French families and attending classes at the lycee in Ceret (the regional high school that includes our sister city Port-Vendres), they spent a day in the host community.

Port-Vendres Mayor Jean-Pierre Romero and his sister city committee sponsored an entire day of activities for students on March 30. They began with a French breakfast at the City Hall, a trip along the Mediterreanean coast aboard the life boat “Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle,” visits to the historic obelisk square (the obelisk links Port-Vendres and Yorktown) and then the Charles Rennie MACKINTOSH  Interpretation Center (commentaries by Marie Chritine LOPEZ and Michèle GRAU) followed by a delicious  lunch at “the Voile d’Or.” The day ended with an afternoon roundtrip drive through the vineyard from Port-Vendres to Collioure.

On Friday night, there was a cordial reception at the high school in CERET in the presence of the headmaster and some teachers.

Leigh Shaffer, who has volunteered some experiences via email, reports she and her classmates have learned much about monuments and caverns, and she thoroughly enjoyed tasting escargots and homemade chocolate mousse for the first time.