Les Gens de Mer
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Last week, as it was my last week in Rochefort working at Pierre Loti Collège, some kids, mostly the younger ones showed that they were sad to see me go. I could tell that they really have enjoyed my weekly visits in their class. There were two classes specifically that did something nice for me. They were both the sixièmes, so they are 11&12 years old. In one class, some students gave me candy and somebody started a little going away card that all the ...
... 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 ...
... to a replica they could
make) but they didn’t have the same plans that were used in the 1700’s, they had
a couple of drawings and sketches to follow and they rebuilt the hull by
following templates to a scale of 1. They also wanted to keep the ship
historically accurate as they rebuilt it, but of course had to follow modern
day regulations. The ship was also built using the traditional building
... I’m actually regretting not keeping the little heart. I was going to, but I forgot as it came time to go back to school. It would have been fun to put in a memory book of my time here.
In any case, I think the teacher’s mom was very happy to have some company as she lives all alone and was happy to see her daughter on her birthday. The family was planning on having a birthday dinner during the weekend.
Another reason why I’m ...
... and i are puzzled and wait for him to come back. He is gone for ages and we start to worry, but he returns and tells us he thought there was something not right about the car. His gut instincts once again are spot on.
Three parking inspectors are surrounding the car as he rounds the corner. In his best broken French he tells them he has paid for parking and shows ...