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  • 3 September, 2009 1

    Sarah Houiller and

    Sue Evans Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

    Presentation prepared by Ann Williams, Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

    Activities in Saint-Germain-en-Laye

    and the Surrounding Area

  • 3 September, 2009 2

    Want to be Part of Life in France?

  • Markets

    Nearly every village and town has a market with fresh produce

    Some markets also sell clothes and other non-food articles

    Most markets open early and finish around 1.00pm

    /Continued

  • Markets (Continued)

    St-Germain-en-Laye, market square Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

    Poissy, market square

    Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

    Fourqueux

    Tuesday and Saturday

    Maisons Laffitte

    Wednesday and Saturday

    Le Vsinet

    Tuesday and Saturday

  • Brocantes/Vide-Greniers/Foires

    Most towns and villages have these at least once a year:

    an ideal way to discover a town or village, find a bargain or some original item

    /Continued

  • For dates of local brocantes, check out: your local magazine/newspaper

    your own town or village website

    Foire Nationale la Brocante et aux Jambons (Antiques and Ham fair),

    Ile des Impressionnistes, Chatou:

    September and March

    famous for its antiques and food

    lasts about 10 days

    Brocantes/Vide-Greniers/Foires (Continued)

  • Associations are an important part of French life

    They provide activities for both children and adults

    Most towns have an open day in September for all their associations, clubs and classes (Forum des Associations)

    Check out brochures edited by your local town or village (Maison des Associations, Centre de Culture)

    Associations, Clubs and Classes

  • Local Magazines, Websites and Newspapers

    A great source of information for local events

    http://www.saintgermainenlaye.fr/index.php?id=accueilhttp://www.saintgermainenlaye.fr/

  • 3 September, 2009 9

    Events to Look out for During the Year

  • September

    La Rentre!

    Forums des Associations

    Journes du Patrimoine (National Heritage Weekend):

    an opportunity to visit many buildings and monuments, normally closed to the public

    street entertainment in St-Germain

    /Continued

  • lEstival:

    St-Germains own music festival

    Foire Nationale la Brocante et aux Jambons (Antiques and Ham fair):

    Ile des Impressionnistes, Chatou

    September (Continued)

    /Continued

  • Vendange (Grape harvest), St-Germain and Le Pecqs own vineyard:

    meet on the Terrasse of the Chteau de St-Germain

    Foires aux Vins (Wine fairs):

    wine sales in many local supermarkets

    September (Continued)

    http://www.saintgermainenlaye.fr/javasc

  • October

    Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) Saturday, 7.00pm to Sunday, 7.00am:

    see various museums, exhibitions and other original art forms at an unusual time

  • November

    Fte de la Toussaint (All Saints Day): 1st November

    half term holiday

    chrysanthemums on sale

    Beaujolais Nouveau (New Beaujolais): 3rd Thursday in November

    wine merchants and supermarkets are allowed to sell the new seasons Beaujolais wine on this date

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chrysanthemum_sp.jpg

  • Tlthon:

    a national campaign to collect money for medical research and help those with muscular dystrophy

    most towns and villages have sponsored events or sales

    Marchs de Nol (Christmas Markets)

    December

  • January

    Fte des Rois:

    Galettes on sale throughout January

    the person who finds lucky charm gets to be king for the day

    Les Soldes (Winter Sales):

    start on the same day throughout France

  • February

    Chandeleur (Pancake Day): 2nd February

    The skiing season is in full swing!

  • March

    Foire Nationale la Brocante et aux Jambons (Antiques and Ham fair),

    Ile des Impressionnistes, Chatou

  • May

    Journe Europenne (European Day):

    St-Germain always marks the occasion

    stalls from European countries

    international entertainment on the market square

    Fte des Voisins (Neighbours Day):

    everyone is encouraged to meet their neighbours for a drink or a meal

    /Continued

  • May (Continued)

    Nuit des Muses (Night of the Museums):

    visit many museums and historic buildings late into the night

    often free

  • June

    Fte de la Musique:

    music on all street corners throughout France

    Fte du Cinma:

    throughout France: last week in June

    ticket prices reduced

  • July

    Fte Nationale: 14th July

    military parade along the Champs Elyses

    fireworks and dancing (bal) on 13th or 14th July in most towns and villages

    Les Soldes (Summer Sales)

    /Continued

  • July (Continued)

    Fte des Loges:

    gigantic fun-fair in the forest of St-Germain

    lasts over 7 weeks: beginning of July until 3rd week of August

    little train links RER to the fun-fair

  • August

    Apart from La Fte des Loges in St-Germain, virtually everything grinds to a halt - quite a shock for almost everyone!

  • 3 September, 2009 25

    Want to Learn French?

  • Want to Learn French?

    GRETA programme:

    information from Lyce International

    LA CLEF:

    a local organisation for culture and education

    see www.laclef.asso.fr

    Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye:

    French conversation in small groups see www.accueilinternational.org

  • 3 September, 2009 27

    Want to do Things Not Typically French?

  • Want to do Things Not Typically French?

    Scottish dancing in Fourqueux:

    no need to wear a kilt!

    beginners welcome

    leaflets available

    /Continued

  • Want to do Things Not Typically French?

    English speaking Lions Club:

    Lions Club International is the largest service club in the world

    Both men & women are welcome

    All meetings are held in English

    If you feel that life has been kinder to you than many others, maybe this is your chance to make a difference

    www.lionsheraldic78.eu

    /Continued

  • The International Players:

    an English speaking theatre group with members of all ages and a variety of talents:

    acting

    singing

    designing and building sets

    making costumes

    based in Le Pecq

    see www.internationalplayers.co.uk

    /Continued

    Want to do Things Not Typically French? (Continued)

  • Bowling centre in Orgeval on the N13

    Cricket club in Thoiry:

    the club welcomes cricketers, supporters and social members of all ages

    see www.standac.com

    Wildlife Park also in Thoiry:

    see www.thoiry.net

    Want to do Things Not Typically French? (Continued)

  • 3 September, 2009 32

    Want to Meet People?

  • Two organisations specialise in welcoming and integrating newcomers:

    Accueil des Villes Franaises (AVF)

    national network

    local branches in most towns

    for both men and women

    French speaking

    /Continued

    Want to Meet People?

  • Two organisations specialise in welcoming and integrating newcomers (cont):

    Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

    a more international association

    for foreign women arriving in France and French women returning from abroad

    approximately 600 members of 50 different nationalities

    interest groups, activities and visits, organised by members for members

    in both French and native languages

    /Continued

    Want to Meet People? (Continued)

  • /Continued

    Want to Meet People? (Continued)

    Some examples of our activities:

    11 language groups, including an Anglophone Group

    International Coffees (in French) with a theme

    Specific group for new members

    French conversation

    Mother and Toddler Group

  • Some examples of our activities:

    Book clubs

    Cookery

    Painting

    Golf

    Walking

    Photography

    Painting on eggs

    Mah Jong

    Want to Meet People? (Continued)

    /Continued

  • Some examples of our activities:

    Discovering Chinese culture

    Gardening group

    Bridge (in French)

    Learning ancient languages Latin and Greek

    Finding out about European History

    Bodyflex

    Pilates

    Want to Meet People? (Continued)

    /Continued

  • Some examples of our activities:

    Going to:

    Shows

    Plays

    Concerts

    Restaurants

    Cinema

    Want to Meet People? (Continued)

    /Continued

  • Some examples of our activities:

    Cultural visits:

    Historic walks

    Versailles

    Muse dOrsay

    Exhibitions

    Want to Meet People? (Continued)

  • 3 September, 2009 40

    Any Questions?

    Come and talk to us:

    Sarah, Sue or Manda Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

  • 3 September, 2009 41

    Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

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