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January 15, 2020 | The Clarion
Arts & Life
My winter break adventure
A tale of too much wine, cheese and French bread
By Margaret Correll
Layout & Design Editor
For college students, winter break is something
that is almost a necessity. After the exams and
the stress, students are begging for the month off.
That is exactly what I was saying when finals
week came along, I needed this break like a fish
My boyfriend and former Opinion Editor for
the Clarion, Florian Peyssonneaux, planned
for us to visit his parents in his native country
of France. We scheduled our trip to include
Christmas and New Year’s with a lot of time to
explore and learn about his hometown.
We planned, we packed and we headed for
the Asheville airport to start our international
journey. I was very excited to meet most of his
friends and his family for the first time. The
trip was not an easy one though, several missed
flights, delayed planes and losing our luggage
became the highlight of our flying experience.
We made it to our final flying destination,
Marseille, a wild city in southern France where
his parents were waiting to pick us up. I was
extremely tired from the long trip we just tackled
but excited to be in a country I had never visited
After celebrations with his family, endless
amounts of cheese, wine and the best baguettes
I have ever tasted, we decided to travel in the
area where he lived.
The scenery was beautiful, nothing like I
had ever seen while living in North Carolina.
The village was nestled in the mountains, at an
altitude where fresh lavender was known to grow
in large quantities. From his backyard you can
see the snowy mountaintops of the French Alps.
We traveled to many places in the short two
weeks that we were visiting. Places such as the
Gorges du Verdon which are home to the deepest
gorge in France and to a river with water that is
a beautiful emerald color.
For a few days we took a trip to the coast
of France to visit some friends, this is where
we explored Cannes, Nice, Eze, Monaco and
traveled briefly into Italy. Talk about some
rich people, the cars were insane, the scenery
was breathtaking and the stores were clean and
We did some things I had never done before,
we went skiing in the French Alps. My boyfriend
is a champ, I on the other hand, felt like a new
born horse struggling to And my footing.
After a long stay, we had to say goodbye to our
incredible trip. France was great to us and we
had the most amazing time. 1 hope to visit again
soon and take just as many amazing pictures!
Left: Margaret Correll on a ledge overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Right: A view of downtown Nice from Castie Hill.