French Trip 2018
Trip leader: TJ
Accompanying staff: ALS, NPN, TDC, TWC
Dates: 26 to 30 March 2018
We left on Monday 26 March at 3.30am. All the pupils were on time and in excellent spirits despite the time. Once in the bus, pupils were reminded of the standards expected by the School and the staff. The journey to the Chateau went really smoothly, and the pupils behaved exceptionally well.
We stopped around midday in Boulogne-Sur-Mer to visit Nausicaá. Pupils and staff enjoyed this fantastic sea life centre.
We arrived at the Chateau around 6.00pm French time. We were greeted on arrival by Gemma, the Chateau manager, and the pupils were directed to their dorms. The Chateau staff met with the pupils and explained the rules of the facilities.
The evening meal was served in a large dining room, and the pupils enjoyed the food provided. After dinner, the pupils took part in a French quiz; most of them enjoyed it, and everybody joined in cheerfully.
We spent Tuesday visiting the Mont Saint Michel and its abbey. Everybody appreciated the long walk to the Mont as the weather was on our side; the visit went well, and both pupils and staff enjoyed some free time. In the evening we went to Bayeux to play two games of bowling, and the pupils were treated to soft drinks; they enjoyed it a lot.
Wednesday was a hectic day as we started with the Bayeux market followed by the visit of the Bayeux Tapestry. In the afternoon we visited the sunny beach of Arromanches where we discussed D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. After lunch, we watched the film on the 100 days of Normandy at the circular cinema of Arromanches. This was thought-provoking for the pupils.
We left the Chateau at 8.30am on Thursday, and we arrived in Disneyland Paris where the pupils clearly enjoyed themselves, and so did the staff.
On Friday we went to the Trocadéro and then stopped at the Eiffel Tower. Our visit to Paris then brought us to the Louvre where we had the opportunity the see the iconic painting, the Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace and The Wedding at Cana among other things.
We had a fantastic lunch on a river cruise on the famous Bateaux-Mouches. It lasted for more than 1 hour, and we had a good view on Paris most famous landmarks.
On the way back we stopped at a supermarket where the pupils could buy some French products. They were also given money to buy their tea. It was an excellent opportunity to put their French in practice one last time.
We headed back to Wisbech and arrived around midnight.