18th September, 2015 was an interesting day for us, the 3rd cohort of PERCCOM program. We had a rally in the old town of Nancy, where we had a close encounter of the historical French culture and way of living.
The rally was more a treasure hunt, than a (borrrriiiingggg) rally. We were all divided into groups of 4-5 people and handed out directions and the where abouts of different places in the old city in a paper. It was our task to find out the places and collect relevant information by inquiring the native French people, strictly in French or by following the directions in the streets written in French (Oui, nous l’avons fait! ). As our first objective, we went to la place d’Alliance where there was an ages old beautifully crafted fountain, with some inscription written in Latin. It was listed by UNESCO as a work of art, peace and refinement. One thing worth mentioning here is the Gourment street (in the Left of The Arc Here). The variety of available food options was really impressive. Even in our international group some of us found a restaurant with their local cuisine. We had a very nice stroll around the famous Dukes Palace and visited the Citadel garden. Seeing the animals like Wolf and Boar in the architecture of the Hotel Des Loups was a feast for the eyes.Next stop was The Musee Lorraine, which has made some praise-worthy effort in making the historical statues, inscriptions and coins from dark and middle ages, timeless. And the spacious Jardin du Palais Ducal and Jardin du Palais du Gouverneur made us wonder how lavishly the Dukes of those times lived.
As an engineering student, it is very rare to have a language and cultural rally, which we luckily got an opportunity to experience, thanks to PERCCOM. Walking by the streets of Old City of Nancy was more like « a trip down the historical lane » where we witnessed the mixture of art, culture and lifestyle of the dark ages, Renaissance and the modern period. After this rally, we feel more strongly motivated to learn and explore French language and culture.