Language and Culture Studies
Language Tours Testimonials
Mi chiamo Iano e apprendo la lingua italiana a MPLCS con Barbara, un’insegnante eccellente. Mi sono piaciute molto le vacanze studio nel Veneto. Abbiamo alloggiato in un agriturismo dove il cibo è molto buono. Ogni giorno siamo andati in diverse città vicine e sulle Dolomiti. I momenti culminanti sono stati molti come visita a due ville palladiane, festa popolare in Castello, cene in diverse trattorie incluso una nel ghetto. Cena con operetta in villa, Grappa sul famoso ponte e ogni pomeriggio alle quattro uno ‘Spritz’ o due... una vacanza magnifica!
My name is Ian and I study the Italian language at MPLCS with Barbara, an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed the language holidays in the Veneto region. Our accommodation was a farmhouse where the food is very good. Every day we visited the nearby towns and the Dolomites. The highlights were many like the visit of two Palladian villas and a traditional local festival in Castello, dinners at various local ‘trattorie’ including one in the ghetto. Dinner with ‘light opera’ show in a villa from 1700. Grappa on the famous bridge and every afternoon at 4 o’clock one Spritz or two.... wonderful holidays!
Iano - VENETO TOUR
What was it that made this two weeks of immersion in French language and culture so enjoyable? Perhaps it was the delightful accommodation, or the delicious food and a never ending feast of French wine? Or it may be that the towns of Beaune and Chambois, with their delightful surrounding countryside, their history and charm made this a tour to remember? Add to this the guided tours in places of gastronomic and historical interest with French speaking guides who were gracious in catering for the not so capable French speakers.
The 'glue' that made this all happen, that united our small group, not only with each other, but with all we met along the way was Barbara's meticulous planning and her attention to the smallest details en route to ensure that all her guests were comfortable and enjoying this lovely experience.
After two weeks, I was kilos heavier, understood the history of this part of France and am certainly more confident in hearing and speaking French I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have joined such a nice group and cannot recommend Barbara's tours highly enough. This was my second trip with her, I would happily do another.
Mary Howlett - FRENCH LANGUAGE TOUR TO BEAUNE AND THE LOIRE VALLEY
Going to France with Barbara was fabulous! Barbara had done much research to get us the best and most interesting accommodation, to organise a broad range of restaurants, the tours were all extremely interesting and very varied... I could go on and on. Barbara's dedication, generosity, enthusiasm and extreme patience are second to none. I would definitely go on another trip with Barbara in the confidence that it would be well organised, interesting, enthusiastic...
What more can I say?! Thank you ou merci beaucoup, Barbara!
Sandra - FRENCH LANGUAGE TOUR TO BEAUNE AND THE LOIRE VALLEY
I envy anyone about to embark on a voyage with Barbara. She is the most wonderful companion/tour leader you could hope for. Generous, caring, funny, talented, dedicated. Her tour is well organised, yet still offbeat and quirky. Kurt Vonnegut the American writer once said "Unusual travel suggestions are like dancing lessons from God". He must have travelled with Barbara.
Ross - FRENCH LANGUAGE TOUR TO BEAUNE AND THE LOIRE VALLEY
There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the experience of the tour to France in 2014 organised by Barbara. Everything was meticulously planned to the last detail and the choice of accommodation in both Beaune and Amboise was fantastic. These were quite different experiences, with accommodation in Beaune being in a large mansion with modern facilities whilst in Amboise we were at a Bed and Breakfast hosted by a delightful French couple, who went out of their way to make us comfortable, and indeed drove us to various places of interest (Chateau Chambord etc). We were able to practise our language skills with them also, as they were extremely patient and obliging. The choice of restaurants for meals was superb and the day to day activities planned by Barbara gave us an overview of activities in the regions ( wine making/tasting, mustard factory etc, tourism ) We were privileged to have French guides at the chateaux and all the places we visited which helped our French listening skills immensely. The detailed information given prior to our visits assisted in our understanding as gave us a background knowledge prior to hearing it from the guides. I can honestly say this trip was the experience of a lifetime as all the participants in our group were delightful people and we laughed a lot, sampled the local produce (wines, cheeses etc) and generally lived the French experience. However, it was the organisation, the detailed day to day activities of the trip and Barbara?s beautiful caring, considerate personality which meant we all had a memorable French experience.
Gwen Fletcher - FRENCH LANGUAGE TOUR TO BEAUNE AND THE LOIRE VALLEY
Having been a pupil of Barbara's for over two years I had high expectations for the trip, and these expectations were not only met but exceeded. We definitely laughed, ate and drank our way across France. Each day had extras included and Barbara's attention to detail made all the difference. I will definitely be booking another tour with MPLCS in the future.
Avril - FRENCH LANGUAGE TOUR TO BEAUNE AND THE LOIRE VALLEY
This trip would not have been possible without the brilliant and magnificent Barbara and Laura. Their professionalism and love for their country and language made this trip achievable, a massive thank you, and I look forward to learning Italian with the most excellent and incredible teachers.
Genevieve and Kyle Mansfield - PIEMONTE E CINQUE TERRE TOUR
I have been studying Italian for only 4 months after finding a leaflet in Boyz for Brekkie for the Carnevale di Venezia Italian Experience, from reading that leaflet I e-mailed MPLCS immediately and before I knew it I was learning Italian and on a journey to Speak, Eat, Drink and Laugh in the most amazing country, I managed to persuade my sister to come and enjoy the experience. The trip was absolutely amazing, full of enjoyment, happiness, excitement, kindness and laughter. Each day brought new experiences and we enjoyed the real Italian life. The hospitality was incredible and had a beautiful and cheerful warmth inside, a huge thank you to Michela and her wonderful family.
Genevieve Ooms - VENETO TOUR
Abbiamo ospitato il gruppo di Barbara e di MPLCS durante il tour Carnevale di Venezia ed è stata un'esperienza meravigliosa anche per noi! Il gruppo era sempre allegro, curioso, pieno di vita e interessi su tutto il nostro territorio e la nostra cucina. E' stato un piacere conoscervi ed avervi come ospiti... speriamo di rivederci presto!! Enjoy Italian, Enjoy Italy!
Michela Agriturismo owner - VENETO TOUR