Travel to France

Enjoy two weeks in France this June. Our group will spend a week in Angouleme and a week in Orange, France. We will be visiting both the South and the Southwest of the country

The trip is part of an ongoing exchange with two French schools: Lycée Marguerite de Valois in Angoulême and Collège St. Louis in Orange, France.

This year, Gould is participating in a wonderful new program connecting several of our classrooms in the World Languages, Humanities, and STEM departments with classrooms in Angouleme and Orange, France. 

Gould students may travel to France for two weeks in June, just after the school year is complete, to visit both schools and travel in the region. Exact dates and price will be announced in October.  

Students will live with families in both cities: Angoulême and Orange.  We will attend a day or two of school in each city and then go touring.

Possible sights and activities while at Angouême & the Lycée Marguerite de Valois:

  • Tour of the city 
  • Natural history museum (one of the largest dinosaur fossils sites in Europe)
  • The largest Roman thermal bath site in France
  • Cognac and La Rochefoucauld – the inspiration for the Loire Valley Castles
  • Poitiers and Futuroscope
  • Dordogne, (oldest cave paintings in the world at Lascaux)

While at Orange & the Collège St. Louis:

  • Roman Antique Theater and Roman Triumph Arch
  • Weekly Outdoor Market
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a famous wine village 
  • Visit a goat farm and see cheese made
  • Palace of the Pope in Avignon
  • Possible visits to Nimes, Isle sur Sorgues, Rousillon, and the Mediterranean Sea!

Stay tuned for more details, along with costs and detailed itinerary! Please contact Mr. Adam Leff for more information.

Adam Leff

World Languages Department Chair
French Teacher
B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University/abD
Cross Country Running Head Coach
Nordic Coach
Cycling Coach


Mr. Leff is the Chair of the World Languages Department and teaches French language and culture, senior history electives, and is the Assistant Coach of the cross country and cycling teams. He graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College, earned his M.A. in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D./abD in French Civilization at Pennsylvania State University. Formerly a nationally ranked triathlete and semi-professional cyclist, Mr. Leff enjoys running, cycling, and outdoor activities in the mountains of Western Maine. He met his wife, fellow Gould French teacher, Lolo, while teaching and racing in France. They currently reside in Davidson Dormitory and have two children; Alexandra ‘15, Schuyler ‘17; and two dogs, Giuseppe and Wexy.