BAGUETTE. Bicycle. Cobbled ancient laneway.
Groups of old men relaxing in an outdoor square, gossiping and smoking.
Markets bustle, washing is hung from balconies up high and grandmothers admonish naughty children in language beautiful even when shouted.
It is a cliche, but gee, it's a good one.
Imagine learning French in France. Immersing yourself in a country, its culture and its people, while exposing yourself daily to hundreds of linguistic cues to help you on your way.
French Moments, an Australian business with a new operation in Noosa, as well as its established centre in Sydney, is running a 12-day intensive course between September 1 and 12 next year, in Sarlat-la-Caneda.
It combines 30 hours of lessons with a balance of activities and excursions.
There is also a healthy amount of down time to allow for relaxing and exploring.
Classes cover language and culture, and take place just a few minutes' walk from the town centre in a beautiful manor house.
Outings and workshops are varied to teach about the local area.
Sarlat-la-Caneda is a charming little town in the south-west of France with 11,000 inhabitants.
It is renowned for its rich architectural heritage that has been remarkably well-preserved and is famous for its gastronomy.
Regional specialities include duck confit, truffles, foie gras and walnut cake.
Along the river you can see evidence of its colourful history with castles and medieval vill
ages where the Hundred Years War between the French and the English raged.
"Surprisingly, it is not so well-known to Australians, but is definitely a region worth discovering," French Moments' Rachel Guernier said.
French Moments is also running courses in Paris, Kaysersberg and Strasbourg in 2014.
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