For the fourth year in a row and as part of a course integrating plant, animal and environmental sciences, 28 international students in their first year of an international engineering course took part in a trip to the heart of the magnificent Alabaster coast: to Etretat!
Marie-Pierre Bruyant, Head of the Agronomy team, tells us about this exciting adventure:
"This trip began with a walk through the town of Etretat, then the climb to the upper cliff. Up there, we settled on the aero-haline lawns, and enjoyed a remarkable landscape. Finally, we went to study (and nevertheless admire) the downstream cliff, with its highest point above the Magna Porta and the so famous valleys.
A journey punctuated with history, lessons in architecture, civilization, literature, painting, territorial politics and coastal conservation. Maupassant dictated a few verses to remind us of the immensity and peace felt in this grandiose site. Monet gave us a few tips to understand the main lines of the landscape and Maurice Leblanc, lurking in the manhole, revealed to us the secret entrance of the hollow needle. No doubt, the spirit of Arsène Lupin accompanied us throughout this discovery.
Let's not forget our favorite fields: geology, pedology, botany, ornithology, ecology, agroecology, landscape reading... Each discipline was illustrated on these so beautiful and so fragile cliffs.
A big thank you to Cyriaque Lethuillier from NATTERRA: a passionate and fascinating guide!
A big thank you to our students who, despite the wind, the rain and the storm, were sometimes dazzled, astonished, shaken, curious and above all conquered by this adventure."
And see you next year!