France Mobility May 2014

Larry’s Adventure in France:
Day 1:

Dia dhaoibh ar maidin,
Larry anseo! Táim féin is m’chairde ag dul go dtí an Fhrainc inniu.
It might be rainy here this morning in Ireland but we are hoping for good weather in Saint Gilles Croix de Villes.

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Here are our mums and dads saying ‘Bon voyage’ to us all at the bus stop in Ballinasloe!

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We are in Athlone already!

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We have arrived at Dublin airport, checked in and have gone through security. We had a big breakfast and bought some goodies and books at the shop!
Here we all are relaxing as we wait for our gate number to be announced.

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We have arrived safely in Nantes!

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Here I am having my dinner with the team! Yum yum! Le glacé!

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We plan to go for a walk around St. Gilles before bed this evening.
I have some questions for you. I want to know what the population of Saint Gilles is and can you work out what the time difference is between Ireland and Saint Gilles? Also, what is the weather forecast is for the week in Saint Gilles?
Beidh mé ag caint libh arís amárach!
Codladh sámh!
Do chara Larry an leipreachán bheag.

Day 2:
Dia dhaoibh a gcairde go léir!
An dara lá anseo i Saint Gilles agus tá a lán déanta againn.

Last night we walked along the Marina and found a beautiful park.
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This morning we woke at nine and had a lovely French breakfast in the hotel. Cheese, ham, croissant and fresh fruit were some of our choices!

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Next we went to the local Hyper U? Can you find out what this is?
Check out the photos for some clues!

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Afterwards we went swimming a la piscine..

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We had worked up an appetite so Cedric and Annabelle met us for lunch. We visited a local brasserie where they had lots of sporting memorabilia. See what I had for lunch.

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Can you find some of the French names for our food?

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Can you name some of the sporting memorabilia you see and what it is used for?

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Some more sports!

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Thanks to Cedric’s students for the tourist guides they made for us!

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Next we had fun on the merry-go-round. What is the French for this?

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Following a spot of shopping we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some traditional French glace and crepes!

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On the way home we spotted this..it’s a French bread vending machine!!!!

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We are having a ball here!

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Our Comenius partners from England and Spain arrived today. We all had dinner together this evening. This was left on our table for us.

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Mrs. Murray helped sort out the menu for our dinner, en français, bien sûr!!

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One of my Irish friends was 12 today! We surprised him with a gateaux anniversaire avec lea bougies!!

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What a day! Tomorrow we will visit Edmond Bocqier School! A bientôt!
Beidh mé ag caint libh arís amárach!

Larry ‘is an foireann Cluain Tuiscirt anseo sa Fhrainc!

Day 3:

Haigh gach duine!
Larry agus a gcairde anseo! Bheul bhíomar an-ghnóthach inniu i St. Gilles!

Thank you to Mr. O Riordan, Ms. Scott, Ms. Baynes and all the students for your reading and responses. Les and Cedric say ‘Bonjour’ to Mr. O Riordan!
Rose there are lots of nice shops here and we bought some nice presents yesterday! Your forecast was incorrect! Sunny and no rain today!!! Yay!! We are getting to use our sunscreen! Hi to you too Eggie!

Today we started with a walk to the school. It is called Edmond Boqcier. Can you find out some information about the school?

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Cedric brought us on a tour of the school and we got to see some of the students in their classes!

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Congratulations to Ms. Scott and the Green School Team on being awarded Clontuskert’s third Green flag today. The school in St. Gilles is a Green school too!

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All of the Irish students made new French friends today!

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The Comenius coordinators made presentations to Cedric today.

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Can you name the teachers?

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Here I am reunited with my brother Patrick. He will stay here with the French students till September!

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Cedric loves the gifts from Ireland!

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We found Ireland on the map in the yard!

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What countries are we standing on?

We heard traditional French music from Laurent and Amelie. What instruments are they playing? Laurent’s instrument is very rare and only 20 people play it in France! Can you find our more about it?

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We learned lots of new French traditional dances!

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We also heard some lovely French songs from the students!

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Because it is so sunny Cedric have us a present of some caps! Check them out!

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Merci Cedric et l’ecole pour tout!
Slán ó Larry an Leipreachán bheag!

Day 4:

Bhuel, Conas atá sibh i gCluain Tuaiscirt? Anseo, táimíd ar mhuin na muice!

Thanks to Mario and Little Star for your replies! C’est super!
We will of course teach you the dance! Bloom and Daisy Flower were especially good at the dancing and will make great teachers! We will post up a photo of the hotel for you. Learn more about it here: http://bit.ly/1tkbjkd

Last night we visited a tapas bar and had some amazing food. Check it out here!

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What is the this delicious dessert?

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This morning we met Cedric and went via bus to the salt marshes. Here we learned about the traditional process of reclaiming salt from the sea. Can you find out why this is so special to St. Gilles?

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After this we visited the Marina where the Parents’ Association in Cedric’s school had prepared an amazing picnic for us! Check out the wonderful spread..what foods can you see?

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Next Regis, une prof dans l’ecole, walked us to the surf club so we could go surfing! Surf’s up!

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We came home afterwards and in keeping with the theme of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles we went straight to the pool for more exercise!! 🙂
Check out our hand stands!!

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Slán ó Larry i St. Gilles!

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Day 5:

Dia dhaoibh!
Inniu an lá deireanach den turas. Amárach beimíd ag teacht ar ais go hÉireann ar an eitleán!!

Last night we went for a meal in a local brasserie. C’etait magnifique!!

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You were asking for a photo of the hotel. What do you think?

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Tonight we have a final meal with students, staff and parents of Edmond Bocquier and tomorrow we travel to Ireland! We hope you have enjoyed reading about our adventures!!

Le gach dea ghuí,
Larry.

Day 6:

Haigh a pháistí,
Inniu an lá deireanach den turas. Beimíd ag teacht abhaile go Cluain Tuaiscirt san iarnóin.

Last night we bid farewell to our French Comenius partners with a lovely leaving party in our honour. The students from Edmond Bocqier had prepared a wonderful spread of food especially for us and all of the Parents’ Association of the school were there to celebrate with us following a successful trip.

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The coordinating teachers made a speech and presented gifts to Cedric, the Director of Edmond Boquier school and thanks the teachers, parents and students for their wonderful hospitality.

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Here you can see the Irish delegation outside the school with Cedric Arnoux.

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This morning we said A Bientôt to Dryden and The Oaks schools.

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We fly from Nantes at 17.35 this evening. Can you find our flight number and the airline we will travel with?

Our partners in The Oaks Secondary also have a blog. Check it out here: http://217.23.238.26/wordpress/

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Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Do chara buan,
Larry.
PS We are off swimming now!!

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