Upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 15, 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • TOP OF THE HILL : 184 E Evergreen Ave; Chestnut Hill


    Every month join us for a delicious lunch, speak French and have a great time ! 


    Reservations at $30.00 per member or $35.00 for non-members, must be received in the office by September 13th. If you would like a glass of wine with your lunch, you may purchase it at that time. 





    • Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • LE CHERI : 251 S 18th St., Philadelphia

    Every month, join us for a delicious lunch, speak French and have a great time ! 


    $45 per member and $50 per non-member, must be received in the office by September 13th. If you would like a glass of wine with your lunch, you may purchase it at that time.



           



     

    • Saturday, September 24, 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Alliance Française de Philadelphie

    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Lunch included).


    Immersion Courses represent six hours of intensive work with one subject area and are geared toward conversation with reviews of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.
    Four levels of classes are offered on the same day: beginner, basic, intermediate and advanced.
    If you have never had French before your level is beginner.
    If you are enrolled in a class at the Alliance Française, you can find your level easily:
    101 = beginner
    102-106 = basic
    201-206 = intermediate
    301+ = advanced


    If you have never taken an immersion or regular class with us, and you are not a beginner, you will need to take a placement test to find your level. The placement test can be taken online (you can find the link on the courses page of our website) or you can call our office (215-735-5283) or stop by our office in person and take the placement test that way.


     $150.

     Call now to reserve a space at 215 735-5283.

    These classes are very popular. Register early


    • Tuesday, October 04, 2016
    • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    • France



    CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE VALLEY

    AND THE LADIES WHO LIVED IN THEM

    Regan Group

    Proposed Dates: October 4 – 12, 2016


    For more information please contact:

    Diana Regan

    215 563 1094 

    dregan3@verizon.net




    OVERNIGHTS: Vendôme (1), Tours (2), Paris (4)


    HIGHLIGHTS: Visit: Chambord Chateau, Blois Chateau, Chaumont Chateau, Amboise Chateau, Chenonceau Chateau w/audio guide, Chartes Cathedral with local guide, Versailles State Apartments w/audio guide, Trianon and Gardens, Vineyard tour with wine tasting dinner.


    ****OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE – SEE BELOW****


    ITINERARY

    DAY 1 • DEPARTURE • Begin you journey on an overnight flight to Paris.


    DAY 2 • VENDÔME • Bonjour Paris! When you arrive at the airport, meet an assistant (airport only) and coach for transfer to the picturesque town of Vendôme. Check in at the hotel (luggage will be stored if rooms are not yet available). Enjoy some time to relax before greeting the coach for a visit at the royal Château de Chambord, originally built as a hunting lodge for King Francois. Afterwards, return to the hotel. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant. Overnight in Vendôme.


    DAY 3 • VENDÔME • CHÂTEAUX • TOURS • Following a Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel before meeting your coach and full-day guide to explore the Loire Valley. Begin the day with a visit at the royal Château de Blois. From there, you will make the short journey to Chaumont-sur-Loire where you’ll enjoy lunch (on your own) as well as a visit atChâteau de Chaumont. Continue on to Amboise where you’ll enjoy a visit of the Chateau, which was a medieval fortress, royal residence and the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. Transfer to Tours for check-in at the hotel. Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Tours.


    DAY 4 • CHÂTEAUX • Enjoy a Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy some time at leisure before greeting your coach for transfer to Chenonceau, considered the most romantic castle in the Loire region for a self-guided tour. Afterwards, reboard your coach for a panoramic trip through the Loire Valley, viewing châteaux, including Château de Chinon. Later this afternoon, visit a vineyard where you will enjoy a tour and tasting followed by dinner. Return to hotel. Overnight in Tours.


    DAY 5 • TOURS • CHARTRES • VERSAILLES • PARIS • Following a Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, board the coach for transfer to Chartres a major spiritual center during the Middle Ages. Greet a local guide for a tour of the Chartres Cathedral, whose stained glass windows are considered France's most beautiful. There will be time for lunch on your own before boarding your coach for transfer to Versailles one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Enjoy a audio guided (included) visit to the State Apartments and Gardens plus the Grand Trianon and Marie Antionette’s Estate. Afterward, reboard your coach for transfer to Paris for check-in at the hotel.Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.


    DAY 6 • PARIS • Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring Paris with your group leader (no entrance fees are included). Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.


    DAY 7 • PARIS • Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring Paris with your group leader (no entrance fees are included). Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.

    DAY 8 • PARIS • Continental buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring Paris with your group leader (no entrance fees are included). Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Paris.


    DAY 9 • RETURN • After breakfast, meet a coach for transfer to the airport. Bid adieu to France!

    PROGRAM FEES:

    Minimum of 10 full paying participants: $3239 + $650* = $3889.00 pp.

    Minimum of 15 full paying participants: $2929 + $650* = $3579.00 pp.

    Minimum of 20 full paying participants: $2669 + $650* = $3319.00 pp.

    Land Only: less 21%

    *Departure Taxes / Airline Fuel Surcharge: currently $650 but subject to change until ticketedapprox 45 days prior to departure.

    Single Supplement: $630


    NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEES

    • Weekend travel supplement: program departing or returning on a weekend (Fri., Sat., Sun.) are subject to a surcharge of $30 each way.

    • Tips (tour director, drivers, local guides): $20 pp (suggested amount.)

    • City taxes – must be paid in person, directly to the hotel (if applicable).

    • Baggage fees and any other airline fees (if applicable.)

    • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.

    • Tour Director


    PROGRAM INCLUSIONS

    Mid-week, round-trip airfare from Philadelphia for travel in October 2016.

    Full day coach: Days 2 – 5

    Local coach: Paris hotel – airport

    7 nights twin occupancy accommodations in superior tourist or tourist class hotels in the following cities: Vendôme (1), Tours (2) & Paris (4).

    Hotel Le Vendôme http://www.hotelvendomefrance.com/Home_en.htmor similar

    Oceania L’Univers Tours http://www.oceaniahotels.co.uk/h/hotel-oceania-l-univers-tours/presentationor similar

    Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1978-novotel-paris-vaugirard-montparnasse/index.shtmlor similar)

    Continental buffet breakfasts (7)

    Dinners (3) - including wine-tasting dinner at Loire Valley vineyard.

    Full-day guide: Day 3

    Visit: Chambord Chateau, Blois Chateau, Chaumont Chateau, Amboise Chateau, Chenonceau Chateau w/audio guide, Chartes Cathedral with local guide, Versailles State Apartments w/audio guide, Trianon and Gardens.

    Vineyard tour with wine tasting dinner

    All visits are subject to availability at the time of booking.

    International medical insurance (for travel outside the United States.)

    Trip cancellation insurance up to $2,500 (land only – does not include airfare)

    Culture Quest Travel Pak including flight bag, luggage tag, and important travel information.

    Taxes and gratuities on included items.

    Service and planning of Culture Quest Staff.


    ****OPTIONAL HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE – LOIRE VALLEY****

    When:Rides are planned at dawn or at dusk when the temperatures are not too hot in order to avoid the winds linked to the heat. Departure will be at 07:30 AM or 17:00 PM.

    Flight will be confirmed by the hot-air balloon company depending on the weather.

    Departure planned at dawn: later in the day the day before the visit

    Departure planned at dusk: later in the morning on the day of visit

    Duration:3 hours

    Departure:next to the Châteaux de Blois, Chaumont sur Loire, Loire bank in Amboise or Cher bank in Chenonceaux (depending on the weather)

    Service:

    - Passenger greeting

    - Clients can participate in setting-up the balloon(s)

    - 1-hour flight in the wind (it’s not possible to decide the itinerary – wind decides)

    - After landing, fold the balloon(s)

    - Toast with the balloonists

    - Return to the starting point

    Clothes:Wear preferably closed & flat shoes (no heels), and bring a hat or cap.

    Nacelle (balloon basket):

    22 pax: 1 nacelle for 16 + 1 nacelle for 8

    16 pax: 1 nacelle for 16

    Under 11 pax: 1 nacelle for 16 (includes outside participants)

    Refund in case of unsuitable weather advised by the company before the set-up

    OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL BALLOON RIDE FEES:

    Minimum of 10 full paying participants: $250.00 pp.

    Minimum of 15 full paying participants: $230.00 pp.






    • Friday, October 14, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • Alliance Française

    Join us at our annual party to celebrate the beginning of another year. 

    Catch up with old friends, meet new friends, greet our new instructors and welcome new students and members. 

    There will be wine and cheese and other goodies to snack on.


    Please let us know if you will be among us for this evening. You can reserve online or call the Alliance Française (215-735-5283) to let us know that you will be coming. 




    • Friday, November 11, 2016
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Alliance Française

    What if we stopped thinking about terrorism as a virus, as an imported threat designed to destroy our liberties and our way of life? What if it was a much more familiar disease? A cancer Western civilization has been feeding long before Islam became "radical"? This conference will offer a writer's perspective on the recent attacks in France and the US. It will also explore a number of preventive strategies that have not received as much public attention as the traditional defense and law enforcement responses to terrorism. 


    Julien Suaudeau teaches at Bryn Mawr College, where he is the Coordinator of the Non-Intensive Language sequence in French.

    He is the author of three novels : Dawa (2014), Le Français (2015) and Ni le feu ni la foudre (2016). His fiction work focuses on contemporary France seen through the lenses of colonial and postcolonial history, immigration, laïcité, terrorism, and socioeconomic inequalities. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of French dailies Le Monde, Le Figaro, Libération and weekly magazine L'Obs. In the US, he lectures frequently as a guest speaker. He was the keynote speaker at the American Association of teachers of French (AATF) 2016 National Convention. As a filmmaker, he has directed documentaries and short fiction films, and has published extensively on film history, film theory and French cinema in Positif


    Mr. Suaudeau studied at SciencesPo (Institut d'Etudes Politiques) and La Sorbonne (Université Paris IV). He has taught French both at the high school and the college level. 


    A reception will follow.




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1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 735-5283

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