Amy Kulp

Exploring Lacoste, France: Week 1

Amy Kulp
Exploring Lacoste, France: Week 1

Bonjour!

Today I am taking the time to write from the south of France in my cozy little provincial apartment. I have been blessed with the amazing opportunity to spend eight weeks studying here in Lacoste with SCAD, where I will be studying alongside about 90 students in the areas of Fibers, Photography, and Art History. For those of you who don't know me, I am a junior Fashion Marketing and Management student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, originally from West Palm Beach, FL. France has always been one of those places I've dreamt of going to since I was a young girl, and I cannot believe that I get to live out this dream and stay here in this beautiful region for the next eight weeks.

The road to my apartment in Lacoste, France!

Being here in Lacoste is nothing short of surreal. As soon as you walk into the village, you are immersed with culture around every corner. Cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and wildflowers make up this beautiful town, and you can't help but feel like you're stepping into the little town that Belle sings about in the opening number of Beauty and the Beast. The apartment I live in is shared with five other amazing artists: Sam (my roommate), Aliyah, Karley, Lilli, and Joseline. When we first walked in, the place was a bit of a hot mess. I didn't think too much of it at first, but when my interior design majoring roommates (Sam and Lilli) rearranged the place, it made all the difference! Between the six of us, the place looks so perfect and quaint, complete with little wine glass vases filled with wildflowers on every open table, a little study area, and a gorgeous cowhide rug that Lilli brought for decoration. A stone spiral staircase leads up to the second floor, where my other four housemates live.

One of the most amazing parts of the trip so far is the FOOD. If you know me well, you know I am a picky eater. You also would know that I despise moving before at least 9:30am. Well, fresh croissants and pain au chocolats give me reason to wake up and grab breakfast before it ends at 8:50am each morning. We have gourmet chefs and local conesuirs of French cuisine to prepare fresh meals for us every day, with my personal highlights being the French pastries that come with it. When we aren't eating in the Cafe de Artistes, my roommates and I frequent the Cafe de France, a non-SCAD restaurant boasting some of the most incredible Rosé wine in the village! (Check back in a little bit once I've been to Paris to see if this opinion stays the same!), or simply wait until Tuesdays when the heavens open up and bring the Pizza Truck, which makes fresh custom pizzas for under 10 euros a piece.

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While exploring around the village, I've come to discover a few of my personal favorite spots to just sit back and soak the experience in. The first would have to be the SCAD Lacoste Library, which is located in the center of town. Inside is filled with books on nearly every subject, and some of the most relaxing and unique spaces to sit and read. My first trip there, I picked up a book on sightseeing in Paris Bucket List style, as well as a book about the history of Fashion and how it is tied into Parisian Fashion shows of today. The other morning, I sat out on the terrace by the apartment (another favorite spot of mine) and read through part of my Parisian fashion book while eating a fresh pain au chocolat. The sun had just finished rising, and most students were in class, so all you could hear was birds chirping in the distance (similarly to Snow White) and the clean breeze flowing in. Talk about a way to spend your morning!

Being here in the south of France with these amazing views and culture has really been giving me a bit of time to think. We have limited wifi service here, especially at night when everyone is out of class, which causes you to have to put your devices away and just soak in the view. I've hiked (to those who know me, this is shocking) up and down the hills nearly every day, started reading more, and just really taking the time to look at things from a new perspective. It's honestly so surreal to be here, and every morning I feel like I'm waking up from a dream, but then I look out my adorable little square foot sized window, and realize I'm still here, and will be for the next eight weeks. It's truly incredible.

For now, I'm off to work on some Art History homework and ideate a bit for my Fibers class. Be sure to click "Subscribe" in order to stay updated with me on my journey, and to try to catch a glimpse of life here in the South of France.

Thank you so much for reading!

Au revoir,

Amy