Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee promotes educational and cultural exchange between Caen, France and Alexandria, VA
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The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia. The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is a D-day (June 6th) commemorative event every year on Market Square. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

Happy Bastille Day (quatorze juillet) to our friends.  We are sad we can’t be together this summer but are hopeful for t...
07/14/2020

Happy Bastille Day (quatorze juillet) to our friends. We are sad we can’t be together this summer but are hopeful for the future when we can! Vive le jumelage!

Neat pictures! 135 years ago!
06/17/2020

Neat pictures! 135 years ago!

#OTD in 1885, The Statue of Liberty arrived at New York Harbor 🗽. Designed by French 🇫🇷 sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the iconic statue was given to the US 🇺🇸 by France in celebration of America's success in building democracy. Serving as a symbol for liberty, freedom and opportunity, the Statue of Liberty welcomed millions of immigrants as they entered the US for the first time.

📸 Discover Lady Liberty up-close with these unique photos #fromthearchives.

#french #american #FranceUS #FRUS #oldestallies #oldphotos #history #democracy #ladyliberty #archivedphotos #americanhistory #frenchhistory #eiffel #bartholdi #nyc #newyork #newyorkharbor

Sadly, our former committee member Anthony Alan Smith, known as Tony died of leukemia last Sunday. His obituary is attac...
06/07/2020
Anthony Alan Smith Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

Sadly, our former committee member Anthony Alan Smith, known as Tony died of leukemia last Sunday. His obituary is attached below.

During his time on sister cities, Tony and his wife Bonnie were active and loved members of the committee. They hosted one of our Caen interns for the summer and those involved in that subcommittee know what a feat that is! Tony also played a key role in bringing one of our most popular lecturers to the Lyceum—an interview with the author and philosopher, Guy Sormon. He also catapulted D-Day to a new level with his military and embassy contacts. He will be remembered as an important part of our sister city family in Alexandria and most especially as a good friend. We lost a remarkable person this week, a true renaissance man, but our committee efforts to bring French-American programs to Alexandria continue his memory. Well done, Tony!

https://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Anthony-Alan-Smith?obId=14893592#/celebrationWall

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06/06/2020
smithsonianassociates.org

Interested in a chance to learn more about D-Day while our sister city programs are cancelled? The Smithsonian is hosting a virtual lecture with author and military historian, Mitchell Yockelson, whose latest book about D-Day paratrooper generals will be hot off the press in a few weeks. RSVPs required, virtual event June 23rd.

https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/paratrooper-generals-of-d-day-1H0514S?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JUN20eAWhatsNewJune6.1.20&utm_content=version_A&promo=251167

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to join us in a look back at past commemorations.
06/06/2020

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to join us in a look back at past commemorations.

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to join us in a look back at past commemorations.

04/12/2020
Chat in French is hosting a free virtual movie discussion in French at 6pm EST on April 8th. Go to  www.movieapero.event...
03/31/2020

Chat in French is hosting a free virtual movie discussion in French at 6pm EST on April 8th. Go to www.movieapero.eventbrite.com for more information and to RSVP.

Dear friends, due to coronavirus we are sad to report that this years D-Day event, internship program, and teen exchange...
03/31/2020

Dear friends, due to coronavirus we are sad to report that this years D-Day event, internship program, and teen exchange have all been cancelled. Please stay safe out there and we can’t wait until the next time we are together!

As of midnight tonight all restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters in France are closing.  Wishing all of our friends cont...
03/14/2020
Le Monde - Toute l'actualité en continu

As of midnight tonight all restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters in France are closing. Wishing all of our friends continued good health during this time. Be safe!

https://www.lemonde.fr/

International, Economie, Environnement … La référence, partout, tout le temps.

Know any others?
03/05/2020
French Embassy in the U.S.

Know any others?

#DYK that 3/20 is International Francophonie Day 🗣🇫🇷 ? As we lead up to this day of #French language appreciation, we thought we'd share with you some fun phrases and words to add to your vocabulary!

After absorbing all of these phrases, you'll be a "touche à tout." 😉 Share with us your favorite phrases/words!

Have some fun with these words & phrases: bit.ly/12FrenchPhrases

#frenchlanguage #francophile #francophonie #language #learnfrench #frenchvocabulary

03/01/2020

It is a beautiful day
&
we just hit 400 likes! 🇺🇸👍🏼🇫🇷
MERCI BEAUCOUP

Application is open!  Are you interested in a paid internship to Caen this summer? Applicants must be 18-25 years old an...
02/19/2020
Caen Internship

Application is open! Are you interested in a paid internship to Caen this summer? Applicants must be 18-25 years old and resident of Alexandria. Learn more here: www.alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/caen-internship/

  ALEXANDRIA-CAEN SISTER CITY COMMITTEE (ACSCC) SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN CAEN, FRANCE JULY 1-31, 2020 Each summer Sister Cities Alexandria and Caen exchange student interns to work in their…

CANCELLED until further notice. Merci!Interested in our high school student exchange program?  RSVP for the information ...
02/19/2020

CANCELLED until further notice. Merci!

Interested in our high school student exchange program? RSVP for the information session on March 24th www.frenchexchange.eventbrite.com

Beautiful Caen! 🌳🌿🍃🍁🌷🌸
02/05/2020

Beautiful Caen! 🌳🌿🍃🍁🌷🌸

🌳🍃 Caen : 8e ville la plus verte de France d'après le classement publié par l'observatoire UNEP-Hortis aujourd'hui !

Avec une note de 65,5/100, la Ville de Caen se distingue particulièrement par la densité de ses espaces verts (2e place) et l'abandon des produits phytosanitaires (4e place).

Il fait vraiment bon vivre à Caen 💕 !

Retrouvez le détail du classement sur le site de l'observatoire UNEP-Hortis : observatoirevillesvertes.fr.

#CaenVilleVerte

Caen la mer Département du Calvados Région Normandie ARPANUM

It is around the corner! DC’s Francophonie Cultural Festival starts in March.  They have an interesting series of progra...
01/21/2020
Home Page | francophoniedc

It is around the corner! DC’s Francophonie Cultural Festival starts in March. They have an interesting series of programs for all the French enthusiasts out there.

We love this picture from our 2019 Beaujolais Fête!  For those early planners out there, mark your calendar for Thursday...
01/16/2020

We love this picture from our 2019 Beaujolais Fête! For those early planners out there, mark your calendar for Thursday, November 19th, 2020! It will be a fun night!

Parlez-vous français? What tips can you share for maintaining your French language in an anglophone country?
01/15/2020
French Embassy in the U.S.

Parlez-vous français? What tips can you share for maintaining your French language in an anglophone country?

Trying to brush up on your #French in 2020? Taking courses can be very helpful but it's equally important to consider other immersive and creative ways to learn your favorite language 😉! By integrating French podcasts, journaling, stand-up comedy, and even catching up on the news in French, you can be learning throughout the day. 💡 French learners and Francophiles, what methods do you use to keep up? Check out this useful list of ways to improve your French in 2020: http://bit.ly/ImproveYourFrench2020

#frenchlanguage #learnfrench #francophile #language #experiencefrance

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities
01/07/2020

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities

We hope your New Year is off to a good start!
01/07/2020

We hope your New Year is off to a good start!

Whew, and we thought DC traffic was bad!
12/12/2019
The Local France

Whew, and we thought DC traffic was bad!

The healthy baby girl has been given a free lifetime travel pass

Did you enjoy Alexandria’s first dusting of snow this morning? Here is a picture of Caen City Hall, the Abbaye aux Homme...
12/11/2019

Did you enjoy Alexandria’s first dusting of snow this morning? Here is a picture of Caen City Hall, the Abbaye aux Hommes, in the snow. 😍❄️ (stock photo)

Looking for a place to raise your glass? Check out this event hosted by our fellow sister city committee twinning with D...
12/05/2019

Looking for a place to raise your glass? Check out this event hosted by our fellow sister city committee twinning with Dundee, Scotland!

11/29/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to our Sister City friends and family!

Thanks for the mention, Alexandria Gazette Packet!  5 years ago Cider Week in Alexandria was spear-headed by a passionat...
11/25/2019
Appetite: Lift a Glass at the Cider Festival in Alexandria This Weekend

Thanks for the mention, Alexandria Gazette Packet! 5 years ago Cider Week in Alexandria was spear-headed by a passionate few at ACSCC. The Office of Historic Alexandria has since taken it over and grown the event into an awesome party. 🎉 ACSCC loves still being a part of Cider Week and representing the tradition of our sister city relationship and our common tie of apples and cider! 🍎 🇺🇸🇫🇷

http://m.alexandriagazette.com/news/2019/nov/22/appetite-lift-glass-cider-festival-alexandria-week/

Once an innocent bystander in the craft-beer wars, hard cider has become a mainstay on the popularity circuit in its own right. And for the fifth year in a row, Historic Alexandria is toasting the beverage with the Alexandria Cider Festival, celebrating both the history and the future of cider. The....

Wondering which French cider we were offering at yesterday’s cider fest?  Voilà!  This is what we had chilling until we ...
11/24/2019

Wondering which French cider we were offering at yesterday’s cider fest? Voilà! This is what we had chilling until we ran out at the sold-out event! You can get your own bottle at Trader Joe's Old Town Alexandria! Santé!

France representing at the Alexandria Cider Week festival!
11/23/2019

France representing at the Alexandria Cider Week festival!

11/23/2019
11/23/2019

Come visit us at the Alexandria Cider Festival!

A sell-out crowd and the Beaujolais didn’t disappoint!  The fun and friends were pretty great, too!  Angelique Moss, Hol...
11/22/2019

A sell-out crowd and the Beaujolais didn’t disappoint! The fun and friends were pretty great, too!

Angelique Moss, Holly Stanton BeardowHistoric Alexandria, VA, Lloyd House Gretchen Bulova Jennifer Langford Reading,

11/21/2019

Our Beaujolais Party is
SOLD OUT!
🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
But you should find a bottle somewhere today and try the new release! Santé!

Our annual Halloween Reunion Soirée is always a good time!  We want to thank our volunteers new and “old” for their dedi...
10/27/2019

Our annual Halloween Reunion Soirée is always a good time! We want to thank our volunteers new and “old” for their dedication to sister cities through the years. Merci à tous! (Next time we will take pictures earlier before many people leave. Désolé if we missed you!)

Address

301 King St
Alexandria, VA
22314

King Street Metro and free trolley to Alexandria City Hall building.

General information

The Committee meets on the second Monday of the month at City Hall. Public is welcome to attend.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

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The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia. The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is organizing Alexandria’s annual D-day (June 6th) commemoration. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

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Thanks for hosting me at the Lyceum on Nov 13, Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! Great to speak to an enthusiastic audience eager to hear more about the roles of Alexandria women in World War I.
Long-time friends and former members of the committee may remember Beverly Haas Bohnert who, with her late French husband was a member and stalwart of the Caen-Alexandria Association. She now lives in the States with her husband Craig. Her parents, however, retired to France. Her dad is very ill. If you remember Beverly, a kind and lovely lady, please keep her and her family in your thoughts.