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Practice Your French: Alumni Association Trip to Provence, France in the Spring Promises to be Magnifique

Posted October 4, 2009

provence102009gifIn the book A Year in Provence, author Peter Mayle did what most of us can only dream of doing. But why not settle for nine days in the South of France? Next spring, Western New England College alumni and friends will have the opportunity to travel to magical Aix-en-Provence, where sun-drenched beaches and undulating hills tie the Mediterranean to the Alps.

The all-inclusive journey, from May 25 to June 2, 2010, features seven nights in Aix-en-Provence at the first-class Grand Hotel Roi Rene, an extensive meal program, and an exciting travel program.

Aix-en-Provence: its very name conjures images of idyllic days with dazzling light illuminating the verdant countryside’s sloping vineyards and lush olive groves. The wonderful scenery of the region enraptured Cezanne, Changall, and van Gogh. Writers have flocked here and extolled it as the Great Land of Inspiration for all that is French and Fabulous. And here’s your chance to experience it!

The cost is estimated at $2,595 per person, double occupancy if reserved before December 1, 2009. Air fare is estimated at $1,400, which includes transportation to the hotel. You may book your own flight if you prefer.

For more information, click here or contact Kristina Oleksak at 413-782-1557. You can register for the trip by calling Alumni Holiday International (AHI) at 800-323-7373 or by visiting this site. AHI is the same company that coordinated the Western New England College Alumni Association trips to Ennis, Ireland, in 2008, and Tuscany, Italy, in 2006.

“We enjoyed everything about our trip,” recalls Martin Schoenemann ’74, who traveled on the Alumni Association trip to Tuscany. “The guide who was with us for the entire time made us feel as if we were the only thing on her mind. We were able to relax and enjoy our trip without having to worry about a thing. It was a perfect first visit to Europe.”

Program highlights:

•Walk in the footsteps of Paul Cézanne as you explore his historic hometown, Aix-en-Provence, where he lived and died over a century ago.

•Enjoy a private tour of the Château Virantand be a guest at a special wine and olive oil tasting.

•Journey through the scenic, forested region of Le Luberonand admire scenic mountain villages.

•The majesty of the Roman Empire comes alive during a visit to the historic monuments of Arles and the Pont du Gard.

•Explore the medieval streets of Avignon, a city that served as the center of the Roman Catholic world from 1309 to 1377.

•Get to know a personal side of one of the world’s great artists by stepping inside Cézanne’s studio.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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