Parlez-vous Français?

About four years ago, I embarked on a trip to Italy, Greece and France with People to People Student Ambassadors. After spending three days in Paris, France, I promised I would never go back to France again. However, this past Spring I agreed to go back to France on a two week faculty-led study tour and I had a blast!

This study tour was part of a class, FDSCI 660 and during the Spring semester, 18 students including myself studied the French culture, history, and their agricultural way of life. On May 15th we all boarded the plane with Dr. Rozell and his wife, Marcia. After traveling for almost 30 hours, we finally arrived in our first destination of Toulouse. When we arrived, we were paired with students from the Purpan University (an agriculture college) and we stayed at their houses all week long. During the day we would meet back up with our group and go on tours they had set up for us. After Toulouse, the rest of our nights were spent in Caen, Bordeaux and Paris.

Here is a list of some of the places we got to visit along the way:

  • A melon farm
  • A vegetable seed producer
  • A microwave popcorn plant
  • The Roquefort cheese caves
  • The Viaduc de Millau
  • A sheep dairy/tourist/family equestrian farm
  • D-day landing beaches, cemeteries, and museums
  • Pegasus Bridge
  • Roeun
  • A dairy/cidre/calvados farm
  • Lots of fromageries (cheese shops)
  • Many wine and cheese tastings
  • Apple orchard
  • Many Holstein dairies
  • Monsieur Derot champagne cellar
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • SacreCouer
  • Seine River cruise


All of us students at Purpan University with our French hosts before we had to say goodbye.
Sheep dairy with automatic feeders
At the Brie Factory
This is me posing in front of the Arc de Triomphe which is located on Champs-Elysees in Paris. It is probably one of the largest roundabouts in the world and not to mention scary!

This was definitely an experience I will NEVER forget. The farm tours were my most favorite part of this trip and I learned so much about the agriculture sector of France. If I could make a living traveling and visiting farms in foreign countries, I would love to do that! I guess maybe you could say I really am a farm girl at heart. The tourist sites were great to see and how many times do you get the chance to study abroad with who may become some of your best friends.

 If you’d like to read more about our time in France, check out

 Until next time,           

 Emily Mollohan

By Emily Mollohan


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