— Summer in Lacoste, France
Moving further along in my degree, my university continues to surprise me with the life that it has to offer to its students, giving me more and more reasons to fall in love with it all over again. After its main campus in Savannah and secondary campuses in Atlanta and Hong Kong, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has its fourth campus located in Lacoste – a small, picturesque village situated in the Provence region of Southern France. Provence is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its diverse landscapes as well as its infamous European holiday destinations such as Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez and popular villages such as Gordes – known as the most beautiful village of France (half an hour away from Lacoste). So at the beginning of this year, when I decided I wanted to transfer to the SCAD Lacoste campus for summer classes, I tried doing everything in power to make it work.
Thankfully, it all worked out and here I am in the Upper Village of SCAD Lacoste; living in pure abundance as we are surrounded by lavender fields, cherry & pomegranate trees and vineyards. Using our surroundings as inspiration and creating art in a place where famous painters such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and many others once worked in, just doesn’t get better than that. It is impossible to feel any form of negativity or frustration here in an area so secluded and peaceful where you are left alone with nothing but your thoughts and the sound of the crickets. Escaping the hustle and bustle of my typical Hong Kong lifestyle, relaxation is key this Summer and there is no place better to do so than in the Southern French countryside where I can lounge around by the pool and admire sceneries all day.
SCAD has taken us on plenty all-campus excursions to sights out of Lacoste and within the area, such as the Apt market – where a selected number of students are taken every Saturday in order to purchase essentials; Pont du Gard – a UNESCO World Heritage site that is an ancient Roman aqueduct where we blissfully sunbathed and indulged in some cliff-jumping; Fontaine de Vaucluse – a small town built on a crystal clear river; and Avignon and Paris. I was also lucky enough to have visited the village opposite Lacoste, Bonnieux, and Gordes as well.
The program lasts for 8 weeks and exactly a month from today we will be bidding farewell to this magical land that encouraged so much artistic creativity within us, holding dear to our hearts all the beautiful memories and incredible experiences of this unforgettable summer.