Breakfast was really a treat!
Fresh Chocolate Croissants every morning? Check!
French Cheeses? Check!
Cold Cuts? Check?
Cappuccinos, Lattes and Hot Chocolate besides the usual coffee and tea? Check!
Whole fruits? Check!
My favourite item of all time that I grew up with "Quark"? Check!
Did we all need more than we needed to? Check! Check!!!
Breakfast was included every day, as well as three dinners at the very least. Monday's we ate at the Jardin de Pourtales on the castle grounds, albeit leased and operated by an independent restaurateur (it was not the group's favourite, but it served its purpose). Tuesday CEPA chose a restaurant in Strasbourg that showcased local cuisine. Wednesdays we got a catered meal in the breakfast room that the students helped set up and clean up afterwards. Sometimes there was a meal included in one of our excursions. Other times, a little food was served when we were tasting wines and beers (cleans the pallet and of course provides some substance). When no meal was planned, students had the opportunity to cook their own meals in the student kitchen as shown here. Also in the picture, Fred, our wonderful CEPA coordinator who we decided was able to work miracles!
The owners of the castle and of the CEPA foundation, Uli and Harald Leibrecht, invited us to their private residence "Le Grand Apartement" to celebrate our stay at the castle with a glass of Cremant (the Alsatian version of champagne).
Harald had recently retired from an illustrious career in German politics. He has met the royalty of contemporary political figures, chief among them President Obama, whose mention caused an audible gasp.
Harald and Uli now dedicate their vast amounts of energy to their personal passion - international student exchanges. They also have a charitable project in Guatemala, also involving educational initiatives.