Paris Trip 2015
A fantastic trip to Paris took place from 18 – 22 April 2015! A group of 14 girls from Y10/11/12, accompanied by Mrs Cannon & Miss Betteridge, travelled to the French capital by Eurostar from St Pancras, arriving mid afternoon at the Gare du Nord in Paris to most welcome warm sunshine and blue skies. This amazing weather lasted for the duration of the trip, and helped to make it a truly enjoyable experience.
We stayed at the FIAP Jean Monnet, which is a bright, modern international youth centre, similar to a university hall of residence, located in the 14th arrondissement and only 5 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. By the end of the trip, the girls were all experts in using the Paris metro system; we realised we had made almost 20 journeys in total, and never managed to leave anyone behind, on either a train or platform! Each day, the girls bought their lunch in a venue of their choice, using their French linguistic skills.
As regards the sights of Paris, we visited or saw practically everything: the Eiffel Tower (we went up to the second stage), Notre Dame & the Quartier Latin, Sacre Coeur & the Montmartre area, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees and the most unusual Centre Pompidou. We walked through the Tuileries up to the Louvre, where we managed to see the Mona Lisa, (despite the crowds) and we visited the Musée d’Orsay to admire the Impressionist paintings. We also travelled by RER to Versailles, where we saw the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Chambers in the Chateau as well as spent time in the beautiful gardens. One evening, we took a boat trip on the River Seine and saw the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkling, which was a most memorable sight. We also crossed the Pont de l’Archevêché, which is laden down with padlocks from couples as an expression of their love.
Shopping was, of course, an important part of the trip, with a visit to the enormous Galeries Lafayette which is an enormous department store, the Lindt chocolate shop (which sells every flavour of chocolate you can imagine!), Sephora and many others. Our final visit was to the Musée Fragonard in the Place de l’Opéra. This is a perfume museum, where our French guide taught us about the history and art of making perfume, and we tested our sense of smell through various fragrances.
Mrs Cannon, Head of Languages