Since arriving in France, I have made a big effort to include as much local geography in the syllabus as possible to develop the students sense of place - something I believe to be particularly important when helping the students integrate into their new surroundings. This has worked well for me too as it has forced me to go out exploring (actually, not much forcing needed at all, I love it!) I am very keen for the students leave their little bubbles and willing to venture out and about. In this part of the world, outdoor pursuits possibilities are numerous with the Pyrenees and coastal areas being within a reasonable distance and we make the most of this in our geography trips every year. It's pretty good for their language acquisition too!
On geographypods you will see many examples of local French geography in the Toulouse and south western France region. Not much use for most people but an alternative that can be adapted.
Y11 parents evening tomorrow so having an evening off and well away from any computers!!
Link for the work is here: http://www.geographypods.com/river-features.html