25th June 2018
In June 2018, years 8 and 9 spent 4 full days based in Paris on a combined French and History trip. We had a very early start meeting at the airport at 4.30am. On arrival we visited the Montmartre district of Paris: the Sacre Coeur, and the surrounding streets and squares. Later, we ascended to the second stage of the Eiffel Tower and we were lucky to have great weather with fantastic views.
On our second day we went to the Chateau of Fontainebleau, famous for its connection with the French monarchy as well as Napoleon and the time of the Empire. We had a picnic in the English garden next to the chateau. We finished our day with a walk around the Ile de la Cite’, visited Notre Dame and the Louvre area.
Our third day was spent visiting sites of the First World War, north of Paris. We started by seeing a German cemetery, the Lochnagar mine crater from the Somme campaign, followed by the Thiepval monument (Allied). This was followed by a stop at Beaumont-Hamel (Canadian/Newfoundland) where we were able to walk through preserved trenches and try to imagine the devastation suffered during the conflict. We finished the day with a walk from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe along the Champs Elysées.
Our final day was spent at the Asterix and Obelix theme park. Students were able to relax and test their nerves and stamina on the many exciting rides! We arrived back in Rome about 11pm, tired, but happy.
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Music: Paris, The Chainsmokers