Thursday, July 10, 2014

Next Stop: Châteauroux

After three months of waiting, I finally received my city assignment within Région Centre: Châteauroux!

The purple dot represents Paris, and the red dot represents Châteauroux.

Châteauroux is a medium-sized town with a population of about 46,000, and it's smack dab in the middle of France. It's located toward the south of Centre and in the department of Indre.

c/o Les Annuaires

Admittedly, it wasn't my first-choice city (I spent last summer in Tours), but it looks so quaint! Here's what I'm most excited about:
  • If my housing situation goes as planned, I'll only have to pay 185 € ($251) per month in rent (with my own bedroom!), and I'll be next door to a twice-weekly outdoor market. Less money for rent = way more money for traveling--especially if I get a government rent subsidy!
  • All of the public transportation is free!
  • Paris is only two hours away and only 30 € ($40) for a round trip. Toulouse is farther but the same price (depending on when you book).
  • Similarly, I can go to Tours or Orléans or anywhere else in the region for under 20 € ($27) per round trip.
  • There's a university, meaning tons of students and good nightlife.
  • The city has multiple outdoor markets--my favorite!
  • My mom and I followed the city's official Twitter and Instagram accounts and they immediately followed us back. :) They do #followforfollow if you're interested!

Unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding good photos of Châteauroux on the Internet, but I've rounded up some of my favorites (i.e., the prettiest photos that weren't copyrighted--thanks, Wikipedia!) in the slideshow below. And if you'd like more information about this city, you can visit the office of tourism's English-version website. Enjoy!
 

41 comments:

  1. It looks lovely! And thats a great rent price and you cant beat free transportation! x

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  2. All of the public transportation is free?! That's incredible! Can't wait to hear about your experience there!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  3. I'm hoping to live in a different part of town which will be a bit more, but it's still going to be a great price. Yes, I know--commutes add up!

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  4. It looks gorgeous! And with the central location and cheap rent I bet you will have a blast!

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  5. What a lovely place!! I can't wait to hear about your experiences there!!!

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  6. Shucks, you are--you can kill anyone in a debate and remind me of my dad in that you know everything about everything haha. Love you!

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  7. I can't wait to see it in person--pictures never do a city justice!

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  8. Sounds so romantic and kind of reminds me of Disney's Beauty and the Beast setting! <3

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  9. it looks amazing! i am so happy for you, i know this will be an amazing experience!
    xo
    Orly
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  10. Can't wait to hear about the trip, it looks super pretty there!

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  11. This looks so beautiful and quaint! My memory is failing me, what are you doing in France?! :)

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  12. This town sounds like heaven. I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. It definitely looks like a nice place! I can't believe it only costs $40 round trip from there to Paris!

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  14. Thank you, Orly! Same to you and your big move to the States!

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  15. I can't wait to TELL you all about it!

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  16. I'm an English-language assistant for the upcoming school year! I'll be teaching in elementary schools.

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  17. Oh yeah. The best is when I talk to my mom and I'm like, "I think I'll go to Paris this weekend" haha.

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  18. I can't wait to see it in person and show you guys even more pics!

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  19. SOOOO jealous!! Take me with you? :)

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  20. it sounds like such a lovely place to be!

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  21. I'm pretty sure I've studied all of those churches in Art History classes, that's always a good sign!! You'll be successful no matter where you go but it certainly looks like a beautiful town!

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  22. Suitcase has juuuuust enough room. ;)

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  23. HIIII! :) And seriously? In Châteauroux? Because a billion churches around France have the same names..there are multiple Notre Dames and Saint-Andrés haha. I know there's a big Saint-André Eglise in Bordeaux. Miss you and hope grad school is going well! Say hi to Dan for me!

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  24. That sounds amazing. I'd love to work and live abroad.

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  25. That sounds amazing! Good luck and hope everything goes smooth!

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  26. How great - looking forward to hearing more about the city :)

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