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Monet just beats macaroons for what’s best about France

Monet just beats macaroons for what’s best about France

Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes Fotografie

Emma Batchelor, 20, from Sydney, Australia, is an exchange student in Art Theory and History

Loves: Art materials, Claude Monet, Pride and Prejudice
An art student back home, Batchelor is, unsurprisingly, excited by art materials. “Anywhere I go I have to find an art supplies shop, even if I don’t buy anything, although I usually do”, says Batchelor, who used to work in an Australian art shop. “They’re my favourite shops to look in, especially in Europe. There are some really diverse ones and you never know what you’re going to find.” Her favourite artist is Claude Monet. “I have a love of all things French and Monet just beats macaroons for what’s best about France. I’ll go back to the same galleries over and over again just to see the same paintings because they’re so incredible.” The classic Pride and Prejudice is another treat which she “just can’t get enough of. I love the book, but on film, the BBC version is best.”

Hates: Toy Story, loud train passengers, restricted shopping hours
While Pride and Prejudice is at the top of Batchelor’s favourite movie list, the children’s film Toy Story is at the bottom. “Generally I love kids’ movies … but I absolutely cannot stand Toy Story. It’s such a frustrating, stupid story that they manage to keep making. I recently saw it on the list of Top 100 movies and it made me pretty mad!” What also gets under her skin are those train passengers who talk in the ‘silent’ carriages. “It says ‘silence’ on all the windows for a reason!” And a final pet peeve: closed shops on a Sunday. “Sunday is a great day to go to the supermarket and wander around the shops, so it’s hard to get used to nothing being open”, she laments, adding that the restricted hours cause “some forgetful students” to go hungry! “It would be much better if they could just be open for a few hours in the afternoon.”


Lauren Novak



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