Our Great Big French Adventure: Week #4

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Because going on a new adventure doesn’t have to cost the Earth…

Mont Saint-Michel

We spend so long harping on at you about ditching the plane and taking a Traincation instead we though it was about time we put our money where our mouths are.  So Global Cool are sending a reporter into the field to take the ultimate Traincation to France (and learning French courtesy of Rosetta Stone along the way). Welcome to our fortnightly feature, filled to the brim with dream destinations in France, language-learning tips, and fun French facts. Here’s our first instalment….


Dream destination
Ever fancied visiting a castle on an island? Well Mont Saint-Michel  in Normandy, France will be right up your street. This stunning leafy island is located less than a mill off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River. At only 247 acres in size, and with a population of less than 50 people, this is  an adventure you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

It’s also super easy to get to by train and by bus, so you don’t have to worry your pretty little heads about forking out a fortune to hire a car or remembering to drive on the right.


Learning the language
“Bearing in mind I haven’t tried my hand at French since I was a pre-pubescent teenager trying not to get caught passing notes in French class, I was a little concerned about embarking on this course. However so far I’ve found it so easy to use and have come to the conclusion that I am perhaps secretly a French national who was snatched at birth (just kidding, Mum). 

Seriously though, the combination of easy to follow instructions and the fact it is pretty impossible to cheat my way through it has made me actually pick up a chunk of  French words and phrases that have actually stuck in my brain! En avant et en montant!” - Emily


Fun facts
Did you know, there’s only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris? It’s true. Look it up. Just another reason to avoid driving across the pond!


frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one way (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane)/


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