Since I don’t start working with classes until probably next week, I’ve had a lot of time to explore Orléans. On Saturday evening, I went back to the Festival de Loire to see the fireworks. I had dinner there as well, and the food was very good! Tons of people came out to see the fireworks, so the festival was crazy busy.
On Sunday, I had thought about returning to the festival, but because of the crazy crowds, I decided against it. The festival had a parade of boats, so I watched that from the bridge. It was really cool to see all of the boats that had been going up and down the river during the festival in once place.
After watching the boats, I decided to venture back to the cathedral that I’d seen on Friday, since only part of it had been open then. On my way there, I stumbled upon a garden behind the city hall. It wasn’t very big, but it was a nice place to wander around for a little while. When I finally made my way back to the cathedral and was please to see that the whole things was open today. The inside was breathtaking. Medieval crests hung from the ceiling. The stained glass windows depicted scenes from the life of Joan of Arc. The cathedral’s architecture reminded me a bit of that of Notre Dame.
Yesterday morning, I got to tour the school that I will be working at this year. I can’t believe how big it is! I got to meet some of the teachers and they all seem really nice. After seeing the school, I came home for a bit, then decided to take a walk to the Jardin des Plantes. This garden was cool because it was on my side of the bridge and wasn’t really that far from my house. There were all different kinds of plants there, but the main attraction was the many types of roses. I hope to go back to the garden soon, as there were many benches and it looked like a good spot to come to sit and read.
After seeing the garden, I decided to take a walk on the dock on the south side of the bridge. The cool thing about the dock is that there are parts that are elevated, but there are other spots where you can walk right next to the river. It was cool to see the river and the town from a different perspective than usual.