Out and about

Enzo and Sigrid bowling in Pacifica by Sigrid
Sigrid and Enzo bowling in Pacifica (by SIgrid)

San Francisco background by Thema
Jeanne, Thèma, and Julien with a very San Francisco background (by Thèma)

Dragon disguise by Thèma
In disguise as a dragon on Haight Street (by Thèma)

American college football (Cassandra)
American college football!  At the Stanford game (by Cassandra)

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Jeanne and Thèma blend in with street art

Muir group (renata)
Erika, Emily, Sarah. Myriam, Camille, Marie, Chloé, and Juliette entering Muir Woods (photo by Emily’s mom)

The redwoods of Muir Woods

Muir group 2 (renata)
The group under the trees

Les amis à San Francisco

Enzo being goofy.
Enzo by Guillaume
(photo by Guillaume)


Jeanne contemplates how to become an award-winning athlete
Jeanne and trophies (Julien)
(photo by Julien)

Glenn and his trusty skateboard
Glenn by Guillaume
(photo by Guillaume)

Sarah, Remi and Victorine talk to Arnaud at Urban.
Sarah, Remi, Victorine by G
(photo by Guillaume)

Our trip to Alcatraz

On Wednesday the 22th of October, we went to Alcatraz island, to visit the famous former high security prison which existed from 1934 to 1963. We took the boat to reach the island.

“Break the rules and you go to prison; break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz” that was the first sentence we could read when we entered in the prison. We followed an audioguide, it was really interesting. We could discover the conditions of the prisoners who lived there and even sometimes entered in some jails, and imagined ourselves as prisoners. Then we went outside, on the island, and we saw a wonderful panorama of the city of san Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay bridge. We didn’t have the time to go to the ai wei wei exhibition, but it was a great day.

–Guillaume, Myriam, and Camille

Alcatraz sign (Camille)
Pier 33 with Coit Tower in the background. From here we embarked on our boat trip to the island. (photo by Camille)

Alcatraz boat (Sarah)

Our boat! (photo by Sarah)

Bay Bridge Remi
The Bay Bridge in the distance and the sun glinting on the Bay.
(photo by Remi)

Approaching Alcatraz (Camille)
Approaching the island (photo by Camille)

Approaching Alcatraz (Cassandra)
Getting closer…(by Cassandra)

group at Alcatraz by Kelsey

In prison (Julien)
Julien, Marie and Chloé… in jail!  (by Julien)

A view from Alcatraz (Camille)
A view from the island (by Camille)

Juliette Cassandra and Sarah Alcatraz by Sarah
Juliette, Cassandra and Sarah with the skyline in the distance (by Sarah)

group Alcatraz by Sigrid
Hugo, Glenn, Guillaume, Estelle, Victorine, peeking SIgrid, (by Sigrid)

alcatraz boat by Kelsey
Back on the boat–no one left behind in prison.

Two landmarks

Benoît visited the Conservatory of Flowers and captured this glimpse of Urban students doing some maintenance on a San Francisco message spelled out in plants.

SF Conservatatory of Flowers by Benoit
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He also got two landmarks for the price of one with this photo of the Transamerica Pyramid and, to the right, the famous Sentinel Building (also known as Columbus Tower), now home to Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope film studio.

Transamerica by Benoit
(click to enlarge photo)

Ils sont là!

On Sunday night, our visitors from Lille arrived at Urban and were whisked home by their eager host families.

Yesterday, the group came to Urban for a tour of our labyrinthine building and then we headed out for a sightseeing tour of San Francisco.  Despite the drought in California, we were relieved that the rain stopped before we got into our open-topped bus.

Haight Street! (Julien)
Our neighborhood

Golden Gate
Some familiar faces on the north side
of the Golden Gate Bridge

Group and photobomber (Julien)
Glenn, Hugo, Thèma, Sigrid, Jeanne, and Julien
(with bonus goofy stranger)

Enzo and the bridge (selfie)
Enzo! (Along with a bit of Guillaume and a national landmark)

The Chinatown Gate
The Chinatown Gate

Choe and Cassandra
Cholé and Cassandra passing Chinatown

group on bus by Sigrid
Sigrid, Jeanne, Thèma, Julien, Glenn, Hugo, and Sigrid
(photo by SIgrid)

The Ferry Building
The Ferry Building

Enzo and Guillaume
Enzo and Guillaume in the Financial District

Transamerica Pyramid
The Transamerica Pyramid under blue skies