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The perfect place for an immersive experience!

Diana V. - May 2022 - San Mateo CA - USA


I have been taking one on one classes with Beatrice, and she has helped me immensely in my comprehension, understanding, grammar and all things French language.  She is incredibly patient and our classes are always interesting and funny. I started as a relative novice and have been steadily improving under her guidance. Recently I had the opportunity to visit her for a few days and I can say it is the perfect setting for.a full French immersion opportunity and experiencing all that French culture has to offer.  From cuisine, beaches, restaurants, petit dejeuner by the shore, the market, bicycle rides, it is the perfect opportunity to experience France in a relaxed setting. I would love to go back soon!  Thank you Beatrice!

A tailor-made immersion!

 Jim & Robin F. - July 2023 - USA

Béatrice is energetic, kind, and a great French teacher. She tailored our lessons to my interests and expected social settings. She also opened doors to French history, social customs, and culture. She loves great food and bad (i.e. good) jokes. My wife accompanied me in a non-student role, and Béatrice graciously made her feel welcomed and included in our meals and outings. Béatrice's property, Bernice, is beautiful and quiet, and our cabin was clean, comfortable, and air-conditioned. Tout était super !

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A private tour guide and spectacular excursions

Laura B. - Juin 2023 - USA - TX

  Beatrice is a wonderful, talented teacher who was intent on providing me the exact learning/exploring program that I desired while staying at her lovely home near Toulon.  Once in Toulon, I chose to have “real conversations” while “doing” rather than sitting in her kitchen with French grammar and conversation books.  On our outings, Beatrice patiently answered any questions and helped me when I stumbled or was “searching” for the correct words.  While overseeing my conversations, we went to the bakery, grocery and “bar” where I bought a book of bus tickets.  We conversed on the road on spectacular excursions to the Ile de Porquerolles and then to quaint Collobrieres, the Chartreuse de la Vernes monastery, and Bormes-les-Mimosa.  All with my own personal tour guide/driver/teacher/fun companion.  Shorter outings included swimming in the Mediterranean at a nearby rocky calanque and visiting the lively market at Sanary-sur-Mer.  I also had free time to explore Toulon and environs on my own. In summary, if you want to experience French culture while living like a local, exploring the beautiful Toulon/Hyeres area, and at the same time improving your French, just hope that Beatrice has an opening.

I'm not afraid to speak French anymore!

 Olga & Vlad U. - June 2023 - Boston MA - USA

Beatrice is warm, welcoming, and very resourceful! My husband and I spent a truly wonderful immersion week at Bernice. We were amazed by the beauty of Toulon, surrounding villages, and inlets. There is a safe biking trail near the house that takes you right to Toulon. I learned French while kayaking, biking, and running errands with Beatrice, which turned out the best way to fight my fear to speak French. If you want to bring your English speaking partner along, have no fear. There are many museums in the area that provide English sub-titles and guides. Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma in St-Tropez and Musée-Mémorial National du Débarquement en Provence in Toulon to name the few. Beatrice is truly flexible and bilingual: even though my husband does not speak French, he appreciated her recommendations, humor, directions, and parking tips. Meanwhile I was impressed by her  targeted approach to my lessons: we worked on idioms and my most challenging grammar areas, so I came back with a much better idea how to improve my skills. I highly recommend this format of vacation!

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A very pleasant week

Kathy R. - Sept 2023 -  Adelaide - Australia

I experienced a lovely week with Béatrice in her home near Toulon. She was welcoming and kind as well as being happy at all times to help me learn French.

She has a great store of stories to tell and is very knowledgeable across a wide range of topics.

Thank you Béatrice!

Beatrice went "above and beyond."

Tina & Gary L. - Sept 2023 - Ventura CA - USA

We were looking for an immersive experience on la Cote d'Azur, and found so much more during our week at "Bernice".
Beatrice went "above and beyond"  to insure our visit was everything we'd hoped for and more.
We felt at home in our comfortable bungalow and in their kitchen where we enjoyed breakfast, lunch ,and meal preparation after shopping at indoor & outdoor markets. 
 We had a few formal French classes, but opted for language learning in the practical setting. 
She showed us beautiful beaches and sights we would not have known to explore without her guidance. 
Also, recommended delicious restaurants for dinner.

She is adventurous and energetic with a great sense of humour. Her husband Bernard was also very hospitable and supportive.
 We highly recommend "Bernice" and look forward to returning .

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I no longer felt like a tourist

Beth T. - August 2023 - WA -  USA

"My time with Beatrice in Toulon was delightful.  She was warm, friendly, and easy to get along with. 

My favorite part of being with Beatrice for the week was how immersive she helped me become in the culture and language.  I no longer felt like a tourist - I went to church, I went to the market, I ate dinner with friends ... all the while working and practicing my French. 
This was exactly the experience I hoped for - one where I was able to talk with French people casually.  Beatrice helped me get connected, chat, and interact even when I was nervous.  My only regret is not spending more time with her!  I learned more French in my five days with Beatrice than I did in the 6 weeks I spent in France on my own.  Thank you Beatrice!"

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