This weekend we (the students) had our first Sortie... which means we went on a field trip. It was downright awesome. We went to the Luberon region, which is just a little ways out of Aix by car (or in our case, giant tour bus), and stopped in three towns. The first is called Lourmarin - it is a beautiful, small, quiet town, and I can't wait to go back! We did a little walking tour as a group, visiting the giant Chateau and an old graveyard, etc. Then we went into the town for a bit to explore and get food for a picnic, which we took to the next town. I bought food to share with my friends Julie and Elise in this really small store that had everything anyone could ever want to eat. Outside the store were tables of fruit and vegetables and tarts and croissants and bread. Inside was wine, bread, cheese, ETC. We bought a big loaf of bread, a big wedge of mystery cheese, a bottle of wine, and a couple apples. I borrowed a bottle opener from the lady running the shop, and took the bottle out ready to drink. We then moved on to the next town: Gordes. The only way to describe that town, and more specifically my lunch in that town, is magical. It is a medieval town built on a hilltop, all of the same kind of stone built in the same fashion. Julie, Elise, and another friend and I broke away from the group and walked down this really steep cobblestone street (I don't think you can really call it that because I'm almost certain not even a Smartcar, could fit down it) onto a leveled-off spot on the hill. We sat on a rock wall under an overhang, which was supported by stone pillars that seemed to be holding up the whole town, and ate our picnic. It was exactly like I always imagined France to be: all you need is bread, cheese, and a bottle of wine! It was so much fun.