On Tuesday morning a group of Year 9 and 10 students woke up at 4:30am and made their way to St Pancras (le gare du Pancras) train station where they went through security and boarded their Eurostar. Having arrived safely in Paris, it was time to experience the Parisian transport system: a bus to their hotel to check-in and drop off their luggage. Next came a bus ride to the Eiffel Tower. As the best way to experience a city is on foot, they then strolled down the Champs-Elysees. On their way they saw Diana's memorial in the Jardin des Tulleries. The final destination was Le Louvre complete with great photo opportunities. Having returned to the Hotel to unpack and change, they walked to "Flunch" restaurant where steak (hache), unlimited vegetables and chips was followed by ice-cream, the most delicious part of the meal. At the end of this long and exciting day, the students returned to their hotel. They said, "We can't wait for tomorrow!"
The rest of the four-day trip was taken up with visiting the Musee d'Orsay and Notre Dame, Le Sacre-Coeur and a very special visit to Versailles, just outside of Paris itself. Having become acquainted with Parisian buses, the students were very keen to try out the famous metro. They were particularly delighted with the Art Nouveau stations, another great photo opportunity!
All too soon it was time to return to the Gare du Nord, their London-bound Eurostar ready to bring them back to London. A very big thank you to the Modern Foreign Languages department for organising this trip.