The annual visit of Brooklands Middle School to France to experience French life and culture took place between June 24-27. This year’s destination was Paris.
There was an early start to catch the ferry from Dover to Calais with a stop en route to the hotel at the Vimy Ridge WW1 Memorial and trenches. We then stopped at a restaurant for tea where there was a culture shock for some because there were no baked beans!! However the students agreed the frites were every bit as good as English chips.
The next day we boarded the coach in lovely sunshine to head to the Eiffel Tower passing the iconic Paris St Germain stadium. We went down the Champs Elysse and around the Arc de Triomphe, which proved to be the busiest and most dangerous roundabout in Europe before arriving at the Eiffel Tower. Some brave souls led by Mrs Hodgson and Miss Law chose to climb the stairs to the second floor. Laziness or was it fear of the open staircases meant that Mr Harrington-Williams and Mr Morgan went by lift.
However a few cowardly custards, including Mrs Harper, remained below eating ice creams. Afterwards we embarked on an hour’s cruise on the River Seine taking in the sights of the Louvre and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.
After lunch in the Tuillere Gardens we made our way to Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur where students went gift shopping and enjoyed the views across the city.
After dinner and with full stomachs we all climbed the 286 stairs to the top of the famous Arc de Triomphe and enjoyed fantastic views of the city, this was followed of a quick tour of the city before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
The sun shone again the next day for our trip to Parc Asterix, where we were all excited about getting a soaking on the rides.
On the last day we visited a chocolate factory and enjoyed free samples before heading back to Calais for the ferry home. Had the students enjoyed it? They certainly did as did the parents who enjoyed the peace and quiet.