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... penpal project, working around teaching in Surgeres. Lydia is so good that way, she said I can drop into class anytime to do that with the kids. And I know she really doesn’t mind at all.
My First week in Surgeres went quite well. It will be a bit different working in this school than the others. Most teachers will have me take half the class, which is normal for Courcon as well, but I will take them for the whole hour instead of 25-30 ...
... first room where he showed us how the rope was made, with a demonstration on a “machine” that was used in the past.
First we learned that a specific plant was cultivated all over France, or at least in this area and was sent to the Corderie Royale using the Charente of course. The plant was then softened up and they started to “spin it into rope”, think of the way the sheep’s wool is spun into wool. Once they ...
It was all the way back to last weekend now when Hector,
Dana and I went to see the Frigate “Hermione” that was used by the French and
more specifically ordered by a wealthy man named La Fayette to be built and was
used in 1780 to help the Americans win their independence.
L’Hermione was built in Rochefort (where I’m living!) in
1779. It took 11 months for them to build. After she sailed to Boston to ...
... to take a tour of this factory, however you can
only make reservations through the tourist office and the tourist office was
closed for renovations. Apparently Dana and I chose the wrong weekend to go
exploring in Cognac.
Putting the disappointment aside, Cognac had a very
interesting downtown area. Again, this was a place where only pedestrians could
walk. It was cobble stones and there were some very cute, typical French buildings
... to work with them for the whole year. I am lucky though that I get to keep living in Rochefort so I am able to still see them from time to time.
Caroline and Pauline said that the next dinner we have, we’ll have to have Raclette at Pauline’s place. It’s so nice to be included in people’s lives here. It definitely makes me feel better about being away from home for a few more months. Also, with Lydia and her family and Caroline, I ...