Today we had our first day of normal classes. The stagiaires got an introduction to French literature, French linguistics, French Culture and French grammar. The day flew by and before we knew it we were on our way to our first real tourist attraction: the Chateau de Brest. Unfortunately, it rained on us throughout the visit. But that didn't stop the stagiaires from exploring the grounds and posing with every canon, tree and castle wall that they came upon. In the Chateau, the stagiaires learned about the rich naval history of the city of Brest, which even has some connections to the US over the last few centuries. Overall a good time was had by all, and the few without umbrellas, raincoats or rain boots learned a valuable lesson about being prepared for the ever changing weather in Brittany.
Below are a few photos from the day and the rest can be viewed at the link: