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Erasmus+ in Hyères, France March 10-16, 2019

Sunday

Our first day began with our trip and arrival in Hyères. We, Mrs. Geissler, Mrs. Borchard, Max, Colin, Sharon and I met at 8:00 at the airport in Düsseldorf . At 9:25 our plane started and we arrived 11:00 in Marseille.

From there we had a funny drive to the train Station, because Sharon and I were surrounded by our suitcases.

Then we took an earlier train and finally we arrived at 1:30 pm in Hyères.

Julia and Ines, our hosts, took Sharon and I to a park and showed us Hyères, where we had ice cream. In the afternoon we talked a lot and ate olives with "vol-au-vent" a typical, delicious food from the Cote d'Azur. After watching a series we went to sleep.

Fiona, 10d

Monday

The day started for me at 6:45, because Julia lives only 5 minutes away from school. At school we ate breakfast and talked to the others from the project. After breakfast we watched the welcome videos of all Erasmus countries. Then we got to know our topic of the week, which is „ what is the future of Europe, our future?“ We will have to work in groups on this task and present our results on Friday. Each group has one of the subtopics: economy, environment, defence, culture and education.

Then we went on a tour through the school, which is a former hotel. Even Queen Victoria stayed here in former times. It is really beautiful 😍! Then we ate in the canteen, which serves very delicious food. We had a fabulous duck.

After lunch the French kids took us on a tour of the old part of the showed us the city of Hyères. At the end we ate a delicious muffin and talked alot.

Fiona

Jean Aicard high school has been named after Jean François Victor Aicard a poet, novelist and dramatist from the end of the 19th century. Before being a high school, the building was a luxurious hotel built in 1884 and named “Le Grand hôtel des Îles D’or”. It was built in the core of the English District and was therefore usually filled with English tourists. Affected by the Luxury Hotel crisis in the thirties, it was bought in 1939 by the Municipality with the goal to make a mixed high school.

Tour of Hyères

Sheltered from the mistral, Hyères lies beneath a hill on the slopes of which the old feudal town is located. It belonged successively to the Greeks of Marseille, the Romans, the lords of Fos and Marseille, and the counts of Provence and was given to the king of France in 1481. It was the residence of several kings of France. Hyères began to gain repute as a health and winter tourism resort in the 18th century.

Tuesday

Today we had a really exciting and nice time at the beach and the Salins des Pesquires of Hyéres.

Salt marches of the “Pesquiers”

In the distant past, Giens was an island. Nowadays, it is linked to the continent by two parallel stretches of sand. In between these two laces of land, a series of lagoons have been used as salt marshes for years.

Outstandingly beautiful, they are home to over 260 bird species and 300 kinds of plants.

First we visited the salt marches where we learned about the history of the production of salt. Today the area isn’t used for gaining salt but as a refugium for wild birds, mainly flamingos. It was really beautiful.

After the tour we had a picnic at the beach. Fiona and Anna from Portugal went into the cold water.

After lunch we went on a hike before we went to the city of Le Lavandou. Around 7 o'clock we went home and slept at 10 o'clock.

Sharon, 10d

Wednesday

Today we first spent the morning in lessons with our hosts.

Then we presented our videos we had prepared at home regarding our topic “Teenage Life Today”. It was fun to see how each country had approached the topic differently. We also discussed our task for the week and what we would prepare for the next day at school.

Sharon

Wednesday was the day of fashion. So we all dressed up and went to school. I looked really funny because I had a sunburn in my face from yesterday. But Colin and Max had a sunburn too. This day was a day in school. First Sharon, Clara and I attended the English lesson. Then we worked in the library on our topic. In the break we got some roses from Colin and his host Artur, who also had dressed up very nicely today to give roses to nice people 😄 because of the fashion day. After the break we went with our hosts for the history lesson. The lessons are a bit different from ours because the teacher talks a lot in the lessons and they do not often work on their own.

Fiona

After school we went to one of our hosts and ate a delicious lunch which was in a shell filled with cheese, tuna and bechamel (cream and sauce).At 3:00 pm we visited the beautiful harbour of Toulon and ate some tasty crepes. Around 7:00 pm we arrived home and had dinner.

Sharon

Some of us went to a vineyard and to an olive plantation after school.

Thursday

The school in Hyères starts at 8 am. We attended the classes of our hosts. It was like school in Germany but only in boring. I didn’t understand anything;((

Max, 9c

As everyday I woke up at 6.30 am. School began at 8 o'clock and our group started to work on our project. We had the topic Environment. It was fun to work with the students from other countries.

Colin, 9d

Then we all met outside to start our trip from Hyères to Toulon. When we arrived we had about 2 hours to walk around to enjoy the market, the city and the harbour which was really nice to see.The French students had prepared presentations and told us about the theatre, the churches and a few other historical facts.

Later around 12 o'clock we ate in the restaurant of the high school Anne Sophie Pic. This is a school where the students learn everything about gastronomy. They served us a real delicious lunch. Everything was very luxurious.

Colin

The military harbour of Toulon or « Arsenal de Toulon » is the 1st military port of France and even the Mediterranean sea. It is set in the « Rade » of Toulon and it is composed of a lot of military and naval facilities that are not open to the visit for obvious strategic reasons.

After lunch we went from Toulon to La Seyne by boat. There we explored the Fort Balaguer. This was a fort used for defence in former times. After about an hour we back by boat and bus and were back at the high school around 6 pm.

Max

Fort Balaguier

Built in 1634, this tower was able to defend the bay of Toulon by crossing the fire of its cannons with those of the other tower, on the other side of the bay, the Royal Tower. It now houses a naval museum and the 17th century chapel displays objects and documents related to penal settlements. You will also benefit from fine views of St-Mandrier, Toulon and the harbour.

Friday

Like yesterday I woke up at 6.30 am. We were in school at 8 o'clock and continued working on our presentations for this evening until 10 o'clock.

From 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock we visited Villa Noailles, a beautiful Bauhaus building from1929 which is now a museum showing many interesting pieces of furniture and famous for being a modern style precursor in France. Today it is a crossroads dof multiple types of arts and exhibitions.

Colin

Then we walked back to school and went to Julien's classes, German and economy. Economy was a bit boring because I just sat there and didn’t unterstand anything.

Later Julien‘s dad picked Colin and me up and we went to the ruins of an old castle at the top of a hill and to a beautiful garden with a view over the city. Artur, Colin‘s host, couldn’t come because he was demonstrating for „Fridays for Climate“.

Max

In the evening each group presented their topic. Our topic was “European education now and in the future”.

It was cool to listen to everyone and we felt a little proud that we all had done a good job.

Colin

After the presentations a local dance group, some of who are teachers at the school, showed us their traditional dances. A few of us also danced with them afterwards- sorry, no pictures😇

Then we had a great buffet which the hosting parents had made. After dinner our party began and we danced and had a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, all good things end, so at the end of the evening we had to say goodbye to everyone.😢

Max

Merci to everybody for the great week. We had lots of fun, learned many things and most of all - were together with fantastic people.

The German group: Fiona, Max, Sharon, Colin, Mrs Borchard- Andrea- and Mrs Geissler- Sigi

See u soon ❤️

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