4th Mobility – Collège Marcel Pagnol in Noven Sur Sarthe – France

Between 16 and 20 May, a group of 8 students and 2 teachers headed to Marcel Pagnol school in Noyen-sur-Sarthe, France for the 4th and last mobility of LIRA.

The host school is located in a green area, in the picturesque village of Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, where the Sarthe River flows through and plays a leading role in the landscape of the region. We walked along its banks on the first day, and the pupils took part in games that demanded some mental and physical skills.

All the localities in the region include the name of the river in their name. We visited Juigné-sur-Sarthe on the second day, home to the well-known La Sablésienne biscuit factory, created in 1670 by the Marquise de Sablé. Today, they export these tasty biscuits of various flavours and sizes all over the world. And of course, we also brought them in our bags, among many other things, defying the weight stipulated by the airlines. That day, under a hot summer sun, everyone enjoyed the lush landscape on the banks of the river, where the students, after a picnic, took part in fun outdoor games to encourage team spirit.

In Fillé-sur-Sarthe, where we went on one day, is the Moulin Cyprien, an old mill, now renovated, where the students made bread after a guided tour. The surrounding area is very green and splendid for those who just want to relax or stroll.

The only day we got a bit away from the river was when we went to Les Epesses, home to the Le Puy du Fou theme park, often visited by pupils from many schools. There, the students attended various shows about French, Roman and medieval history, all with incredible sets and remarkable actors. It was very enriching and fun to find out about history as if we were there and taking part in it.

At the end of the week, all the participants in these activities had the opportunity to make a typical French dish and the popular sabliènnes which we tasted for dinner on the last day of this mobility. The farewell party and, at the same time, the closure of this project, was attended by the students, teachers and families. There were musical performances and, at the end of dinner, the students danced to the sound of music chosen by them. Farewells are hard and everyone tried to enjoy them until the last minute.

If there is one thing we have no doubt about, it is that this project was a great success. All the countries involved contributed to this through the activities that brought us more knowledge, more sharing, more respect, more tolerance, in a democratic (con)experience. The rural areas of each region offer magnificent landscapes, good food, very curious and interesting traditions and customs that complement and unite us in diversity. We became friends and we already miss everyone!

Merci, France!

Gracias, Spain!

D’akujem, Slovakia!

Thank you, Portugal!

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