Miriam 2018


My experience with Michel Denance on Belle-Isle was everything others have written about, and more.  The island, with its gardens, rocky cliffs and beaches, was wonderful, and the weather was superb during my stay. After lessons in the morning, I was able to do as much or as little study as I wanted in the afternoons, and the beach only 1.5 km away by bicycle was quite the temptation. I enjoyed hiking part of the sentier côtier and seeing the beautiful views from above, and of course spending time in the lovely garden just in front of “my” little house.

Borchudan is tiny, charming, and exceedingly peaceful, and the stars at night are fantastic.  Michel is a patient and talented instructor who really knows how to teach and adapt to one’s individual interests, with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed meeting some of Michel’s friends and getting a tour of the island, and the dinner out in Port Andro one evening was interesting and fun. Even just journeying to the island from Paris by train was an adventure. This is a true French immersion experience, and very helpful for improving one’s French language ability in all ways!