Last Thursday, March 4, IUM’s French Culture Club took a small trip to Nice for the afternoon. The purpose of the excursion was to experience some French culture by going to a modern art museum, and to practice our French conversational skills by speaking with French students.

Madame Jauffret met us in Nice with some French-speaking students, and we then entered the Musee D’Art Moderne et D’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) together. There, we viewed some very interesting, and sometimes very strange, pieces of art. The most memorable exhibit was one which presented several taxidermic pigs whose backs had been tattooed in different fascinating and artistic designs.

After leaving the museum, we walked through the Old Town in Nice, and then stopped for some delicious ice cream before saying goodbye and catching the bus back to Monaco.
All the while during our visit, we were encouraged by Madame Jauffret to try to have conversations with the French students. Although many of us were insecure in our French-speaking skills, the French students were very patient with us, and tried to help us when they could. By the end of the afternoon, some of us had managed to make some new friends.

It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and it was overall found to be a pleasant experience. I appreciated the opportunity to practice my French outside of a classroom, and enjoyed the interesting things to be seen at the museum. Thank you IUM!